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Dora Lewis

DJ DUMMY THE GENIUS

You can learn a lot from a dummy

Dummy is an unlikely name for a mastermind, but don’t be fooled by the name. This Battle, Club and renowned Concert DJ who adds Musical Director and Producer to his resume hails from Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, the DJ influence was always around, watching and listening to both his father and brother DJ. This early exposure sparked his love of music, and by the tender age of 7 he had his hands on the turntables.

By the early 90s, DJ Dummy’s stellar performances jump-started his career, and began to establish his name within the industry. People couldn’t help but to take notice, when the then 14-year old DJing genius, held his own on the stage of the Supermen DJ Battle (1991). During his DJ battling days, this original member of the infamous Tape Kingz, went on to win the New York Regional DMC Battle (’98) and also came 2nd and 3rd at the American DMC Battle (98) and the Zulu Nation Battle (’96), respectively. 

DJ Dummy is very much an enigma to most people, but his success within the battle circuit made an immense impression within the hip-hop community and proved he was a talent to be reckoned with.

DJ Dummy’s almost 20-year career has seen him electrify numerous clubs, tour internationally and entertained clients such as Prince, LeBron James. His talents have attracted many of hip-hop’s premier artists, throughout the years; he has worked closely on creating stage shows and/or DJing concerts all over the world, for the likes of J Cole, Queen Latifah, Common, Talib Kweli, Kanye West, Music Soulchild, Mos Def, De La Soul, A+, DMX, Onyx, Smoothe The Hustler, going all the way back to Group Home.

Because of his battle roots, Dummy not only has an uncanny ability to excite a crowd of any size but has an innate understanding of the actual skill of DJing. That expertise, which only a few DJs possess, has allowed him to move the art of djing to an all-encompassing performance; pulling names like Rihanna and J.Cole to bill him as an act on their tours.

It has seen him DJ in the smallest clubs in Brooklyn, to performing at the White House for President Obama. He has formed unbreakable professional relationships with many iconic artists in the industry and he’s been a part of historic moments in Hip-Hop. And this is only the beginning of DJ Dummy’s legacy, so it’s safe to say, you can certainly learn a lot from a dummy.

The Vintage Babies Interview on Sway In The Morning

The Vintage Babies are the supergroup created by Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and MC, Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh and producer, Dj, and musical director Dj Dummy The Genius collectively known as The Vintage Babies. The Vintage Babies’ debut self-titled album consists of 17 soul and headbangers and features musical greats like Grammy & Oscar award-winning Common, as well as some incredible songwriting and vocal help from Top Dawg’s own SIR, Malik Yusef, and Baltimore’s Rose Gold from the Polly seeds.

Vintage Babies is a Revival of the Soul, Funk, & Gospel sounds that Hip-hop was founded on. The aim of Vintage Babies is to celebrate the resilience and power of the human spirit through the utilization of the soulful sounds that have gotten us through difficult times in our history and will surely continue to do so for years to come. Vintage Babies will pull on an array of emotional strings sending you into lucid euphoric dance states in one moment then transition you into deep thought provoking storytelling about the state of humanity in the next moment with a little comic relief in between.

Artists

The Vintage Babies 2016 – Present (Producer & DJ), J Cole 2010 – Present (Musical Director & DJ), Common 1999 – Present (Musical Director & DJ), August Greene (DJ), Queen Latifah (DJ) 2011 – Present, Alicia Keys (DJ), Karriem Riggins (DJ) 2009 – 2010, Talib Kweli (DJ) 2002 – 2007, De La Soul 2005, Kanye West (DJ) 2004, Musiq Soulchild (DJ) 2004, Mos Def (DJ) 2001, A+ (DJ) 1999, DMX (DJ) 1998 – 1999, ONYX (DJ) 1998 – 1999, Das EFX (DJ) 1998, All City (DJ) 1998, Trigga Tha Gambler (DJ) 1996 – 1998, Smoothe Da Hustler (DJ) 1996 – 1998, Group Home (DJ) 1995 – 1996

 

TV Appearances

Radio One Big Weekend
Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Kimmel Live
The Conan O’Brien Show
The Chris Rock Show (HBO)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Soul Train
106 & Park (BET)
DJ Mix Summit (MTV2)
Hard Rock Live (MTV)
BET Award Pre-Show
BBC 1Xtra Live (UK)
David Letterman
Jimmy Fallon
The Chappelle Show

Highlight Events

Made In America Festival
T in The Park, Scotland
Dreamville Grammy Pre Party, (LA)
J Cole Side Line Tour, Opening Act
Wireless Festival, (UK)
Rihanna Loud Tour , Opening Act
President Obama & Poets at The White House (DC)
Super Ball Players Association Party (Indianapolis)
Lollapalooza, (Chicago)
Rock The Bells
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. (NYC)
The Europe XXL Festival (Paris)
3rd Annual GM All-Car Showdown, (LA)
Red Bull’s Mix n’ Mash Fashion Show, (Miami)
Lebron James Party – Nike Store Cleveland
2005 NBA All-Star Weekend – Lotus Denver
1998 NBA All-Star Weekend– Paladium Vancouver
Diddy‘s God Life Experience Super Bowl Party, Tampa

Discography

The Vintage Babies – Vintage Babies (Producer)
She Knows – J Cole “Born Sinner” Album  (featuring)
Fine China Remix – Chris Brown and Common Feat. DJ Dummy and 9th Wonder
The Real Part 2 – Kobi Onyame (Producer)
Don’t Say Goodnight – Raheem DeVaughn (Producer)
Right Now – Kim Hill (Formerly of Black-Eyed Peas) (Producer)
Food – Common Feat. Kayne West & DJ Dummy “BE” Album  (featuring)
Chi City – Common Feat. DJ A-Trak & DJ Dummy “BE” Album  (featuring)
Do You Really Want It – Product G&B (Producer)
“Blood of a Champion” Movie Score – DJ Dummy (Producer)
Circulating – G-Knight(Producer)
Club Hater – Diabolic featuring Smooth Da Hustler Max Payne 2: The Fall of Big Mike
Miss That (Remix) – Najuah Feat. Colocus (Producer)
Street Music (DJ Enuff “The Streets” (Unsigned Artist’s) – Colocus
Promise – Jazz of Dru Hill (Producer)
Sunshine After the Rain – Dru Hill (Producer)
Money – Jaz-O of The Originators (Producer)
Doing Me – Charisse Rose (Producer)

DJ Battle Accolades

Sponsorship Affiliates

Tours

4 Your Eyez Only – J Cole
Forest Hill Drive – J Cole
what dream may come – J Cole
Side-Line Tour – J Cole
Dollar & A Dream – J Cole
Loud – Rihanna