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One of the most respected and reliably funky deck diablos on the West Coast (if not all of hip-hop), DJ Babu has been getting busy for many years. A multiple champion on the battle circuit, he also released one of the most popular and influential breakbeat albums of all time (Super Duck Breaks) and has lent his skills to countless other records. An official member of both Dilated Peoples and The Beat Junkies, he continues to perfect his craft and has dropped several excellent solo projects, including three volumes of his Duck Season series. Originally released in 2007 via indie-rap favorite Nature Sounds, The Beat Tape Vol. 1 showcases his top-notch production skills with 15 tracks that would sound great behind any emcee but can hold their own as straight instrumentals. Well-chopped samples and neck-bending drums dominate, with standouts like the piano-propelled "Love," the sax-studded "Palms," and the chipmunk-soul vibe of "Round and Round."

Customer Reviews

Good Stuff

I just have to say that the guy at the bottom (with the 0/7 rating) that called Babu a "newbie" has got to be the single dumbest person to ever write a review on iTunes. People like him should not be allowed to have access to music.

CA..... ALL DAY!!!

Babu is the truth behind the tables or behind the beats! He's no new jack either, paving the way for the Left Coast with his Dilated Brethren and with his aclaimed Duck Season series. This is real Hip Hop for real heads. Nuff respect to the Beat Junkies and Expansion Team Fam!

This is a classic

this is an excelent peice of work and is a perfect example of classic hip hop instrumentals!


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Born Chris Oroc, DJ Babu is a member of Dilated Peoples and the on-again/off-again DJ crew Beat Junkies. The California-based DJ began making mix tapes in the early '90s and joined the Beat Junkies in 1994. Babu has won multiple competition titles including the DMC Championship in 1997 and multiple ITF titles. As a revered battle DJ he has appeared in and hosted numerable videos and -- under the name Turntablist -- produced perhaps the genre's most popular...
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