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Self-described ’90s backpacker, Jay iLLa has dabbled in all four elements of hip-hop culture but finally found his calling with two turntables and a mixer after a long infatuation with being an emcee. Under the tutelage of DJ Shaun T, Jay was able to make a respectable name for himself in the Chicago nightlife scene.…

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Over the course of 20 plus years in the game, Nas has consistently proven himself to be one of the most innovative emcees to ever touch a microphone. In celebration of Escobar’s recent 41st birthday (Sept. 14), we’ve comprised a list of five of his most creative and unique songs (in no particular order). Take…

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Our good friend and world renowned mixologist DJ Monalisa returns to Turntable Tuesdays to tell us about five of her current favorite albums. Check out Monalisa on mixcloud or mixcrate; hit her up on her Facebook fan page, and find her on Twitter and Instagram at @monalisa7872 Check out her picks after the jump. – tj armour /…

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For more than a decade and a half, Kevin “KB” Burns has been a part of the nightlife industry in several key capacities. From promoting college parties on the Tuskegee University campus at 17, to managing one of the largest nightclubs in the southeast region, Burns has always had a love for music. Growing up listening to legendary DJ’s such as Farley,…

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“Curator of audible eargasms” is the best way to describe the soundscapes of DJ Craig Elliott. For two decades, Elliott has been a purveyor of Chicago nightlife. Over that time the brand name of Craig Elliott has become synonymous with class, diversity, comfort, and all around good music. Though to some his tenure on the…

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Our friend Mixtress Meta returns to Turntable Tuesdays to share five of her favorite summer jams to spin when rocking the party. Catch Meta spinning every Thursday at Chicago’s Bistro By The Pier from 8 p.m. until. Peep Meta’s favorite summer jams after the jump.

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Sometimes the soundtrack to the party is left up to you. There’s not always be a DJ around to save the day (or your life) and so, sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands. Ipod playlist, anyone? We asked some music lovers about some of their favorite summertime jams. Check out what they…

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A music aficionado long before she took up theones and twos, DJ M. Elle credits her family for igniting the spark inside her. Her grandfather studied and played piano religiously, her father played guitar and had a band, and her parents owned a diverse record collection that would help shape her ear. In addition to music, writing…

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What’s there to say about Steve “Silk” Hurley? In 1986, he wrote and produced “Jack Yo Body,” one of the landmark records in the history of house music. The legendary house music and remix pioneer, artist, producer, songwriter, and DJ has produced and/or written over 200 records, with at least 50 of them reaching the Billboard®…

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Shannon “DJ Skip” Syas has gained worldwide acclaim as a dance music producer, remixer, promoter and DJ. The Chicago native’s first record, “Traxx My Stylez,” was released in 1996 on Dance Mania Records, and his subsequent Dance Mania releases through his own production company, Push Pac Productions established him as one of the pioneers of the…

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Our friend, DJ Joe Kollege, returns to #TurntableTuesdays to bless us with five of his favorite spring and summer jams. Check out his picks. 1. Kool & The Gang – “Summer Madness” This is the perfect summertime song. Here you have a group that is known for it’s funked out R&B songs, flip the script…

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Loni Swain knows her music. The versatile Chicago-based radio personality has covered up to four different radio formats, in six markets, and both day and night segments over the course of  her career. For “five hours long and five hours strong,” Chicago listeners are entertained, captivated and inspired by Swain’s hip and charismatic personality as…

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Sandia (Pronounced “san-dee-ah”) is an artist, DJ, producer, eco ranter, raver, and an advocate of spreading positive vibes and culture. Known for her creative skills on the turntables as well as her audio production skills, Sandia is all in one self-contained unit. Originally, from Manhattan, she has traveled extensively to acquire an amazing archive of tunes…

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“I never thought I’d be rocking arenas!” says Chicago’s own DJ Geno. Starting out primarily as a club DJ, Geno has managed to take his career to heights unparalleled by others. Not many can say they were among the first to put out all Chicago artist’s  mixtapes in the 90’s (Residential Anger and Papeon’s Revenge). Not many…

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James Dewitt Yancey, aka J Dilla, was a founding member of the Detroit-based hip-hop group Slum Village and one of the best producers the game has ever seen. He has released numerous solo and collaborative projects, and has produced for artists such as Janet Jackson, A Tribe Called Quest, Common, Erykah Badu, The Pharcyde, Busta…

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Lee Farmer was a DJ before he ever saw a set of turntables. He and his younger brother would sneak into their father’s jazz collection and listen to records for hours. As they got older, they were able to purchase a mismatched set of broken down turntables and taught each other how to mix. By the time…

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Music is Sean Alvarez’s sanctuary. The foundation was built in the mid 80’s hearing legends like Ron Hardy, Lil Louis, Farley Jackmaster Funk, and DJ Rush. Sean began DJing 25 years ago and since then has earned the respect of being one of Chicago’s premier DJ’s. His love and respect for the music and the…

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Representing the south side of Chicago (Hyde Park), DJ World literally and figuratively does it all. With extensive experience in a variety of areas (mobile, touring, nightclubs, etc.), World is the go to man in Chicago. Recently he has been most commonly associated with the Soul Selector DJs organization, in which he serves as CEO.…

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DJ Moonbaby returns to Turntable Tuesdays to give us her favorite 10 albums of the past year. 1. Robert Glasper – Black Radio 2 2. Tamar Braxton – Love & War 3. Bonobo – The North Borders 4. Beyoncé – Beyoncé 5. Jay Z – Magna Carta…Holy Grail 6. Drake – Nothing Was The Same 7.…

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