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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. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York the DJ influence was always around him and at home, he watched and listened 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 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 on the hip-hop community and proved he was a talent to be reckoned with. 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; He has DJ in the smallest clubs in Brooklyn, to perform at Madison Square Gardens and Staples Center, pulling names like Common, J.Cole, and Rihanna to bill him as an act on their tours.

DJ Dummy has been the musical director for Common since 1999 and J Cole from before his first album. He has created unforgettable tours shows like the Oscar-winning performance of Glory with Common and John Legend,  ‘Love & Happiness: an Obama Celebration’ performance.

DJ Dummy’s almost 20-year career has seen him electrify numerous clubs, tour internationally and entertained clients such as Prince, LeBron James, Vense Williams, 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, Alicia keys, Music Soulchild, Mos Def, De La Soul, A+, DMX, Onyx, Smoothe The Hustler, going all the way back to Group Home.

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

DJ Dummy and Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and MC, Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh have created the supergroup The Vintage Babies. Their first self-titled album The Vintage Babies’ album consists of 17 soul and hip-hop headbangers and features musical greats. This was not the first time Dj Dummy and Maimouna Youssef have collaborated. They have toured together for several years with Rapper/Actor Common and in 2014 they released a mixtape together entitled the Reintroduction of Mumu Fresh.

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

Supermen DJ Battle (1991)
DMC Battle – 1st (1998)
American DMC Battle – 2nd (1998)
Zulu Nation Battle – 3rd (1996)

Sponsorship Affiliates

Native Instruments
Nike
Beats by Dre

Tours

4 Your Eyez Only World Tour (2017)
Forest Hills Drive Tour (2015)
Dollar & A Dream Tour III: Friday Night Lights (2015)
Revenge of the Dreamers NYC Crawl (with Dreamville) (2015)
Dollar & A Dream Tour 2014: The Warm Up (2014)
Rapture Tour (Eminem) (2014)
What Dreams May Come Tour (2013–14)
Dollar & A Dream Tour (2013)
Club Paradise Tour (Drake) (2012)
The Campus Consciousness Tour (with Big K.R.I.T.) (2012)
Loud Tour (Rihanna) (2011)
Cole World… World Tour (2011)
Disc-Overy Tour (Tine Tempah) (2011)
Jay-Z Fall Tour (Jay Z) (2009)
Attention Deficit Tour (Wale) (2009)