As a native of St. Louis, B.Original’s interest in hip-hop started at about age five when he heard one of his older sisters playing “Rapper’s Delight.”
The combination of spoken word, rhythms, and the “party” feel hooked him instantly and he wasn’t able to let go. That one song shaped B.Original and he became a true product of hip-hop from its early stages.
B.Original’s growing interest in hip-hop eventually led him to DJing. What started off as just a hobby became something much larger. The first record he bought was L.L. Cool J’s “Radio.” B.Original played that record over and over and still has the original copy, scratches and all.
After many years of paying dues, DJing with a dual cassette deck and boombox, mismatched turntables, and broken down amps, B.Original eventually became one of the most well-known DJ’s in St. Louis. It was at that point he decided to try his hand at producing, working with a Midwest hip-hop collective known as Jus Us League.
Shortly thereafter B.Original was introduced to Jason “Jay E” Epperson, the prolific beat-smith behind Nelly and the St. Lunatics through a mutual friend. They developed an instant friendship and had a lot in common due to their love of rap music and DJing. Jay E was the person that taught B.Original most of his studio techniques as he continued to develop his own production style further.
Eager to expand his knowledge and skills, B.Original moved to New York City and began working with the legendary DJ Chuck Chillout after joining his record pool. Chuck showed him the “in’s and out’s” of hip-hop; the birth place, where it all started. He provided B.Original with a great foundation. In fact, B.Original is frequently inspired by the experience of learning the history of hip-hop from someone that was actually there.
New York proved to be a great experience and after honing his skills to razor sharp precision, B.Original made a move to Los Angeles. After spending a year networking and grinding on the left coast, he met Prodigal Sunn from the mighty Sunz of Man/Wu Tang Clan. This “chance” meeting turned into a very productive and wonderful relationship in which B.Original produced most of Prodigal’s debut album “Return of the Prodigal Sunn,” and co-A&R’d and co-Executive Produced the project as well. Since then, B.Original has remained on his grind, DJing, producing, promoting live events, putting out mixtapes, hosting his own weekly mixshow on 1073WKCR.com, and becoming one of the most respected hip-hop DJ’s on the Sunset Strip and throughout Los Angeles.
E-40: House of Blues Sunset Strip
Mobb Deep: Key Club Los Angeles, CA
KRS-One: The Roxy Los Angeles, CA
Too Short: The Viper Room Sunset Strip
The Game: Key Club Los Angeles, CA
Machine Gun Kelly: Key Club Los Angeles, CA
Home Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament: Avalon Nightclub, Hollywood, CA
Tracks and playlists liked by D.J.B.Original