DJ Cruze 101, Part One: Getting Started

Last Updated July 31st, 2013

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In Case You Missed It, DJ Cruze’s first 101 aired live on Disc Jockey News this past Friday and we have it in its entirety for all of you aspiring DJ’s.


This is the first of three episode to be released on Disc Jockey News, where DJ Cruze will give the up-and-coming mix masters a look into how to make it in the DJ realm; he’ll discuss tips from equipment selection to marketing your self and building your brand.
Check out the first episode here:



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DJ Cruze Weekly Wednesday Mix: I’m So Jersey

Last Updated July 31st, 2013

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As usual, this week’s free stream and download can be found on DJ Cruze’s podcast. He’s compiled an Urban, House, “Jersey” Mix to expose what Jersey’s (his home state) is all about. Symbolizing the music culture of New Jersey, DJ Cruze mixes up a few classics with some of the hottest club songs out right now; he says, “New Jersey is nothing but having fun and enjoying the beats!”



DJ Cruze Reggaeton Mix

Last Updated July 17th, 2013

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Taking a break from Hip Hop, Top 40 and EDM, DJ Cruze drops this week’s Reggaeton Mix full of Reggaeton old school, throwback, classics into a fresh new rhythm.


As you know, DJ Cruze is a multi-faceted disk jockey; his extensive archive and library of music touches along every genre.


See if this mix has you winding your hips and taking it low in this massive heat we’re having this summer.


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DJ Cruze Hip Hop Mix

Last Updated July 10th, 2013

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You requested and it’s our job to deliver, so here you go – a Hip Hop Mix to enjoy and play wherever you go!





DJ Cruze provides a weekly mix of the Top 40 Hits in Hip Hop, Pop, R&B, Dance, EDM and more.  Join us each and every week on our Podcast at, Mixcrate or a recap on the DJ Cruze Blog for your free streaming mix and download.

Now Introducing Queens’ Breakthrough Artist:
Action Bronson

Last Updated July 6th, 2013

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It’s the job of a DJ to study music, from the composition to the artist background.  We have to be on top of what’s new, what’s fresh, what’s breaking…if a new hit or single is released, it’sour job to debut it to the masses.  If Magna Carta is released at midnight, you can believe it’s being requested that night in the club.  With my ears to the streets, I deliver the message on what artist is on the rise and ready to make a name for themselves.  This week, it seems that the latest break through artists goes by the name of Mr. Action Bronson.

Action Bronson

Also known as Ariyan Arslani, Action Bronson was born of Albanian Heritage in Queens, New York.  Thus far, he’s made quite a name for himself since he began rapping in 2008 and now signed to Fool’s Gold Records, Warner Brothers Records and Atlantic Records with “Stricktly 4 my Jeeps,” as one of the hottest records on Hot97 currently.

His name is one to be remembered; mark my words, “Action Bronson is a threat; he’s just as distinguishable for his sound as he is his beard.”

Action Bronson

Although the music industry does not take kindly to replicas or “wannabes,” Bronson’s character, is unique in its own way.  I relate his sounds as being identical to Ghostface Killah from Wu Tang Clan; however, I hear the “Queens Flow” in his style.  (We’ll revisit the sense of style and flow from each of the NYC Burroughs in an upcoming post)

This artist caught my eye due to his exposure in the industry of of late.  Although he is a fairly “new” rapper, as he has yet to hit the mainstream, this artist has already performed at Hot97’s annual concert at MetLife Stadium with seasoned entertainers.  On top of that, “Strictly 4 my Jeeps” is receiving a ton of radio plays in addition to his “Queens Version” featuring two of the most known Queens Natives in the Industry: Lloyd Banks and LL Cool J.

Again, not only does he remind me of Ghostface Killah, but his sound, I would say, has a touch a Fat Joe to it.

Bronson works with mainly industry producers such as Harry Fraud (French Montana’s producer) and although he may deliver lyrics that we’re primarily use to, he does seem to add a special approach. He seems to be outspoken with a rich knowledge of 90s Hip Hop although he diverts from the metaphoric content in his own project.

Now, considering Hip Hop is always evolving, will this guy make a change? That, I’m not sure. The sounds we hear now are very southern influenced; and with Lil Wayne destroying the Hip Hop Culture, I don’t think Bronson will ever get to “Nas status” based on what he has out now.

He’s new and has a great deal of success to come his way in addition to the work he has to put into it; it’s simply going to take some time for us to see what is in store for this artist.
Check out the release that has the radio waves buzzing, and tell me what you think. Do you think Bronson can be a BIG influence in the Hip-Hop Community?

DJ Cruze 4th of July Mix

Last Updated July 3rd, 2013

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Happy Fourth of July

We’ve got something special for all of our listeners this week!

Load up your cookout playlist with DJ Cruze mixes. Enjoy this week’s Fourth of July mix from DJ Cruze; it’s perfect for your road trip to the beach or your family cookout in the park.

With throwbacks from Tupac to Q-Tip, you’re guaranteed to wow the crowd with these top classic hip-hop and pop hits!

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DJ Cruze Workout Mix

Last Updated June 26th, 2013

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Maybe you’re going deaf if you this DJ Cruze Workout Mix doesn’t pump you up. Turn DJ Cruze up in your headphones and get moving with this Weekly Wednesday Mix from the Mix Master… The Come UP Prince.

DJ Cruze followers requested another workout mix, so here it is.  Something fresh to make you get on your feet!

All we know how to do is work hard, play hard…after all, it’s our job!

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DJ Cruze Diary: The Come UP Prince, Part Three

Last Updated June 24th, 2013

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The last and final behind-the-scenes video rendition of DJ Cruze’s Diary is below; it highlights the Life of a DJ, DJ Cruze in particular, who’s recently been dubbed “The Come UP Prince.”

In this episode, DJ Cruze gets personal; saying, “This may be my favorite webisode to date.”




DJ Cruze Trichotomy:
A Review of June 18th releases Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller

Last Updated June 18th, 2013

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A Tribute to the June 18th Artists; here’s to A Big Day in Hip Hop!  Check out DJ Cruze’s June 18th Mix from his podcast below.




It seems like for months, DJ Cruze has awaited the release of Kanye’s latest and most criticized album to date, not only because it was highly anticipated, but it has been DJ Cruze’s top interest to critique whether the album was worth all of the stir it has since caused.  Immediately, when DJ Cruze received the copy, he went straight for the productions credits and style, saying “It looks like he [Kanye] is taking production in another way [than before].”



Not only was this the smallest tracklist that DJ Cruze has ever seen released from a rap artist, aside from the album’s name, he was also surprised that much of the production is from Daft Punk.  “Daft Punk is a French EDM producer in which Kanye previously worked with on the “Stronger” track on West’s third studio album, Graduation.”  Already, DJ Cruze is optimistic, as he hears a completely different perspective than ever before!


He states, “In this album, Kanye has a great deal of yelling and wailing.  He gives off a weird feeling; almost somewhat Gothic in a sense. Not only is this album is very explicit; it even goes a bit over board, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I do believe that Kanye will lose many people’s interest simply because people are not used to this side of him. But this is what hip hop and rap are about, right?  Testing new ground?  Evolving?”


He continues, “Compared to his other releases, in Yeezus, Kanye takes a more lyrical approach. His flow is so natural that is almost sounds like his talking and melodizing which is something new. I enjoy the beats, which were very simple; however, still complex at the same time.  Any producer can see the talent it took this production to pinpoint the necessary instruments to contribute to the sound.”


In the end, there were still a few unenjoyable and distasteful aspects; Kanye’s vulgarity being one of them.  DJ Cruze says in support, “I see where he is coming from, but I still believe he had a way to go around what he was saying without being so ignorant about it.”  Maybe that’s what gave the album it’s edge, because DJ Cruze says “there was never a dull or boring point; it’s a good CD overall!”  It is quite evident; however, that Kim Kardashian is a common thread throughout the entire work.  DJ Cruze continues, “Thinking back to Van Gogh, I remember he had an infatuation so deep with a woman as to where he cut his own earlobe off and sent it to her in declaration of his love.  This CD almost makes me think, it is actually Kim Kardashian that is making Kanye feel like he’s GOD.”


On a scale of one-to-10, with 10 being the highest, DJ Cruze rates Yeezus an eight!





It’s safe to say, J. Cole is still fairly new to the rap game; he’s an artist who is still developing and DJ Cruze gives him his props as he can hear his progression.  Born Sinner, to DJ Cruze, seems more of a versatile and even more enjoyable album than J. Cole’s last.  Unlike Kanye West, J. Cole is sticking to the simplicity of hip hop; even some of his instrumentals sound like Kanye West old productions.



DJ Cruze enjoys, “that he’s more liberal and you can hear he had fun doing this project.”  He adds, “Even though a lot of J. Cole’s songs are already getting radio play, he still has a lot of music which may not be as popular as the radio hits, and a great amount of that is on this CD.  For example, as a huge fan of Outkast, so when the two collaborated on “da art of Story Tellin Part 1,” the beat alone made me much more of a fan. You can hear that J. Cole is more lyrical, and took this project much more personal with what he had to say.  It just gives me an idea of how much his life changed now that he’s a big time artist.”


DJ Cruze did not enjoy, “the instrumentals.”  He says, “Most beats sound very similar to the previous ones. Even though you hear the difference in his flow, it’s not yet enough to deliver the “WOW Factor.”  It takes artists a few albums before they get into their comfort level and J Cole fits into this category.”  In addition, “the songs are way too long; since people have short attention spans, the same song on for four minutes is sure to bore the listener.”


Overall, DJ Cruze says, “the CD is A LOT better than Cole World.”  He explains, ” This album opens up a new perspective for J. Cole and shows he’s here to stay. I like the cameos he has and not one track sounded too out of his range. Even though there really aren’t any club bangers, there is a great deal of lounging music and it fits perfect for his style.”


DJ Cruze rates Born Sinner a seven-and-a-half out of 10, saying “J. Cole tried new things with this project, and has definitely proved himself to the general public.  I’m sure his fans are satisfied with his hard work! It’s Real, True Music.”


Mac Miller Albumwork



Mac Miller’s “Watching Movies With The Sound Off” was also released today. Unfamiliar with his history, DJ Cruze had to do a fair amount of research on this artist.  Being his second album release, DJ Cruze feels that this release was “really good material,” compared to Mac Miller’s previous work.  DJ Cruze also stated that he’s surprised Miller has not received a bigger buzz!
DJ Cruze opened this project with an open mind and hoping not to feel disappointed after the listen.  After listening to the first few songs he was quite impressed.  DJ Cruze says, “this reminds me of the old Eminem… his flow, the subject matter and the ruthlessness of his words.”  He continues, “His music is much deeper than what we’re accustomed to but is good material. Later in the project, you can hear influences of Talib Kweli, and Common (in terms of beat selection).”


In this CD, Mac Miller collaborates with artists such Schoolboy and Jay Electronica, and it doesn’t end at those two.  However, although those collaborations are important for Miller, DJ Cruze says “those artists will not help to popularize him any more than his current state.”  Just as J. Cole above, Mac Miller also lacks the “WOW Factor” according to DJ Cruze.  He says, “Although I enjoy his flow and dynamic lyrics, his music is too slow for me to vibe with.  The beats are similar, the kicks and snare are tight, but it’s just not enough.”


DJ Cruze concludes, “I like this album; it’s a little too much on the underground side, but I see that’s his style.  This is a totally different type of hip hop from the two artists above, therefore I have to rate it on a totally different scale.  In terms of underground hip hop, this album would be just shy of a rating of seven out of 10.”  DJ Cruze feels that Mac Miller has much to prove in the music game, especially considering he’s going head-to-head [regarding release date] with two of the biggest artists in Hip Hop right now.  DJ Cruze ended, saying, “I would definitely keep a couple WMWTSO songs in my Ipod to hear from time to time.  Mac Miller is a threat; artists beware of what he has to bring on the table, he may hit the foreground faster than you think!”


DJ Cruze Review: “Better” by Chrisette Michele

Last Updated June 11th, 2013

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Available in stores worldwide today, Chrisette Michele releases her latest work, Better.


Chrisette Michele Better


For those whom may not be familiar with Chrisette Michele, she is what we may consider a “Hip-Hop, Soul Singer.”  She has collaborated with many big-time artists such as Jay Z, Nas and The Game and most known for her music award nomination, GRAMMY win in addition to several BET Award accolades.

As a DJ, It is my job to be knowledge of all acts across all genres.  I enjoy new and experimental sounds; especially those that are outside of the “norm.”  When I listen to Chrisette Michele, I expect “grown” and mature music.

This album is a bit a different from her older projects; “Better” really doesn’t stand out.  With no disrespect intended to her talent and her singing ability, I simply do not feel there is one song that catches a listener’s ear.  Usually there’s always that “one song” that makes people want to buy her CD just to hear what else she has to offer; unfortunately, this time, she fails to comply on delivering for her fans.

Even though she has a few collaborations on this project, I feel she used those collaborations to her advantage, to generate buzz and to convince people to listen to her.  The songs with Wale and 2 Chainz aren’t the highlights of this CD, as you would expect with featuring these two major and current artists on the project. But, maybe her intention this go round wasn’t to stimulate sales.  Yes, she has a beautiful voice; but I feel this CD is no where comparable to her other works released in the mid 2000s.  Artist’s of her caliber, or even that of Fantasia or Jennifer Hudson just don’t exist these days, and it seems that it’s hard for these artist to even top themselves!


Chrisette Michele courtesy of Amazon


We do; however, give Chrisette credit for sticking to what she knows and being good at it. I like the fact she stuck to percussion instruments and did not come across too futureristic. Many of the most recent releases from artists in the industry are sex related or about degrading men. I feel that with this project Chrisette intended to speak directly to her female audience.

Even though Chrisette stayed within her range and her the CD overall is a good compilation, it still isn’t provoking enough to convince the younger crowd to purchase this CD. I feel that many of her songs have an Estelle or Fantasia kind of feel or style. I’m not saying it’s a bad sound, it just doesn’t have that WOW factor that many critics listen for. Even though she has been in the music industry for over five years, I feel she still has room to improve and become an exceptional singer.

Listening to this CD is not a waste of time, you just have to be a real fan of music and the artist to support it.  This CD doesn’t not appeal to the younger crowd, and I personally would only recommend it to the rhythm-and-blues audience.

Considering this project, in my opinion, was dull and mediocre; I would actually keep a couple of the songs in my iPod. Chrisette is still roughly new to the industry and has a great deal of room and time to improve, especially given the fact that this is only her fourth album.  Signing to Motown Records was a good decision and I guarantee the company will help her progress and showcase her true talent.