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DJ Rhettmatic

Beat Junkies
Origin Orange County, California, United States
Genres Hip hop, Turntablism
Years active 1992 - present
Labels Beat Junkie Sound
Associated acts Dilated Peoples, Invisibl Skratch Piklz
Members DJ Babu
J Rocc
DJ Rhettmatic
DJ What?!
Mr. Choc
Icy Ice
DJ Shortkut
DJ Havik

The World Famous Beat Junkies is an American Hip hop crew of DJs specializing in Turntablism. Established in 1992 in Orange County, California by J. Rocc.

The Beat Junkies have won prestigious DJ battles and competitions like the DMC, the Supermen, and International Turntablists Federation competitions and going to world tour exhibitions. They have traveled and performed across the United States as well as Japan, Germany, Amsterdam, and Canada.[1] The Beat Junkies as a Crew and individually have also featured in many other acts alongside artists such as Jurassic 5, The Visionaries, The Likwit Junkies with Defari, Phil Da Agony, Cypress Hill, Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Dilated Peoples, and Peanut Butter Wolf who was so influenced by the Beat Junkies that he recruited Homeless Derelicts (Grand The Visitor and Architect currently members of Urban Umpires) who were featured on Beat Junkies Vol.1 and released them as the second ever Stones Throw Records release.

The group was established in 1992 by J. Rocc.[2] The original members included Curse, Rhettmatic, Melo-D, Icy Ice, Symphony, & What?!. Shortkut, D-Styles, Red-Jay, Havik, and Tommy Gun (who joined in late 1992) were later added. DJ Babu joined the Junkies by late 1993; the newest member is currently Mr. Choc, who was added to the crew in early 1996.


  • The World Famous Beat Junkies Volume 1 (1997)
  • The World Famous Beat Junkies Volume 2 (1998)
  • Rock S*** (1998) Label: Contaminated
  • The World Famous Beat Junkies Volume 3 (1999)
  • Changes/Materialize (1999) Label: Second Movement
  • Classic Material Volume One (2001)
  • Sick Days" (12") (2001)
  • Dividends, DJ Rhettmatic (2004)


Private Stash (2003) (DVD) D-Styles Featuring The Beat Junkies - A Night At The Knitting Factory (2004)

Album Appearances

  • Rah Rah Various - O.L.C. (1999, 2001)
  • Scratch Monopoly (2001)
  • Various - The Return Of The DJ - Allstar Album (2001)
  • LA-Japan Connection, DJ Yutaka - United Nations II (2001)


External links

  • Beat Junkies Official Myspace Page
  • Beat Junkie 'sound' story
  • The Beat Junkie Story and Interview
  • Youtube-Beat Junkies "Word of Mouth Tour"
  • Discography
  • Turntable Radio Podcast 2002, The Mr Trick Years: Show #9
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