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DJ Class Drops a Real Song and a Made-Up Collab

January 10, 2012
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DJ Class Drops a Real Song and a Made-Up Collab

During 50 Cent’s beef with Jadakiss, Jada memorably remarked that he did “real songs with Big, no made up shits,” referring to the fact that he had once collaborated with the living Notorious B.I.G., whereas 50 had only appeared on a song that posthumously sampled Biggie’s vocals. That lyric ran through my mind while...
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New DJ Class Looks to Classic House and, Unfortunately, Chris Brown

April 26, 2011
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New DJ Class Looks to Classic House and, Unfortunately, Chris Brown

One step forward, one step back is the story of DJ Class these days. This time around, he’s remixing and rapping over hits from ultimate shitbag Chris Brown. First, there’s “Look At Me Now” featuring an actually pretty impressive double-time verse from Class himself, as well as Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat. Also check...
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We’re Not Sure About This New DJ Class Track

February 25, 2011
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We’re Not Sure About This New DJ Class Track

Earlier this week, DJ Class released a song called “Wacko Flacco” that’s sort of about the Ravens, sort of about weed, and seems to be somehow grabbing onto the Waka Flocka Flame radio rap zeitgeist . . . or something? It’s got AutoTune, pretty much the same sing-rap cadence as “Dance Like a Freak,”...
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The Strange, Post-“I’m the Ish” Career of DJ Class

January 31, 2011
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The Strange, Post-“I’m the Ish” Career of DJ Class

Since “I’m the Ish,” DJ Class’ career has been all over the place, but that’s oddly appropriate given the wonky music climate right now. We’re all still waiting for his Alameda and Cold Spring Universal Republic major label debut–and it’s safe to assume we’re never gonna see it–but meanwhile, Class has cleverly bounced between...
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Know Your Product: DJ Class, Blue Lava (ClassHeat Records)

February 18, 2010
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Know Your Product: DJ Class, Blue Lava (ClassHeat Records)

Not Actually the Cover 2009 was a whirlwind year for DJ Class. The veteran Baltimore club producer’s breakout single “I’m The Ish” got him signed to Universal Records, sent him on tours across the country, and spun off remixes featuring superstars such as Kanye West and Lil Jon. But as the year came to...
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DJ Class Does It Himself

August 6, 2009
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Chris Robinson is a music video/commercial director known for glitzed-up videos for big names like Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and Coca Cola, and DJ Class is the OG Baltimore club producer that finally broke through to the mainstream. Robinson is slated to direct the official video for DJ Class’ hit “I’m the Ish,” but Class...
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My Crew Be Unruly 2: Words and Photos

July 31, 2009
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My Crew Be Unruly 2: Words and Photos

Photos by Josh Sisk With the Artscape DJ Culture stage relegated to some Wind-Up Space shows last Friday and Saturday night—a kind of cruel and confusing shift, given that July is the one year anniversary of K-Swift’s death and club’s massive global growth over the past year—My Crew Be Unruly 2, the second edition...
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DJ Class Hits the Billboard Charts

April 14, 2009
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DJ Class Hits the Billboard Charts

In yet more news of Baltimore club music’s emergence into the mainstream, club veteran DJ Class‘ viral “I’m the Ish” broke into the Billboard Hot 25 Rap Tracks last Friday, City Paper contributor Al Shipley reports on his blog Government Names. After a recent Kanye blessing, maybe it’s not surprising, but awesome all the...
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The Club Beat: The Year in Baltimore Club

January 2, 2009
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The Club Beat: The Year in Baltimore Club

King Tutt 2008 was a memorable and important year in the history of Baltimore club music, but not entirely in a good way. The shocking death of club’s most popular DJ, Khia “K-Swift” Edgerton, cast a dark shadow over the second half of the year, and it feels like things still haven’t returned to...
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