The Return of SALUTE THE DJ Torae & D-Story of the Arsonists as Celebrity Hosts and Sonicbids winner DJ RawBeatz

The Return of SALUTE THE DJ Torae & D-Story of the Arsonists as Celebrity Hosts and Sonicbids winner DJ RawBeatz!

Brooklyn Bodegais excited to announce its celebrity hosts and the official Sonicbids winner who will be opening for the second edition of SALUTE THE DJ. Torae will be returning to host along with D-Stroy of the Arsonists and Sonicbids winner DJ RawBeatz will be warming up the decks for headliners: Maseo (De La Soul), Rich Medina, Total Eclipse (X-ecutioners) and special guests!

“It’s an honor to be coming back as co-host for the second SALUTE THE DJ, last year’s had an amazing turnout and was rocked by an amazing group of DJs. Brooklyn Bodega continues to come with the dopest events representing all aspects of the culture. I’d suggest you get to Southpaw early and bring your dancing shoes.”

“I can’t wait to hear how Maseo, Rich Medina & Total Eclipse put it down this year. SALUTE THE DJ acknowledges and pays respect to a very disciplined element of Hip-Hop. An event like STDJ is vital for Hip-Hop as a culture in 2011 and beyond.”
-D-Stroy of the Arsonists

Attendees can expect a night with never before seen combination sets by a diverse line-up of DJs who will represent the complexities of vinyl and advocate the art of quality DJing. DJ Total Eclipse will light up the decks with his turntablism dexterity, Rich Medina will play the best blending crate digging beats with party beats while Maseo will rock the party with his favorite new and old classic records.

“As a participant in DJ culture, being given the opportunity to rock alongside DJ Total Eclipse and Maseo is a huge honor. I’ve admired and respected both of these guys for well over 20 years, and to be considered worthy of sharing space with them at an event that’s based on raising awareness about the craft of being a disc jockey blows me away. Thanks, Brooklyn Bodega, for putting together such a focused effort on making people understand that DJing is more than groupies and trendy music. I really appreciate this as a fan and as a working-class DJ.”
-Rich Medina

A special ongratulations go out from Brooklyn Bodega to its Sonicbids winner, DJ RawBeatz, who was chosen after submitting his electronic press kit via

“I’m truly humbled & honored to be given the opportunity to open for these O.G.s! I am definitely down for this. How could I turn this down?! Thanks for listening to the mix, and I look forward to the event!”
-DJ RawBeatz

In addition to an unbelievable line-up, SALUTE THE DJ is sponsored by brands that have a strong affiliation to the DJ. Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) supports up-and-coming artists with its year-long stream of music, from exclusive mixes to regular shows hosted by the world’s leading DJs and studio wizards. RBMA Radio will record SALUTE THE DJ and broadcast the live performance. Tune in at

Pre-show and day-of contesting will have giveaways by FLüD and Rocksmith Tokyo.

Salute The DJ Will Feature Performances By:

Maseo one third of the groundbreaking Hip-Hop trio, De La Soul. This Brooklyn native is known for his skill of eclectic sampling and as a member of the group is responsible for the band’s debut and Hip-Hop masterpiece, “3 Feet High and Rising.” Since their initial release, De La Soul has released six additional albums: De La Soul is Dead, Buhloone State of Mind, Stakes is High, AOI: Mosaic Thump, AOI: Bionix; and received Soul Train, MTV and Grammy award nominations.

Rich Medina is a renowned DJ that has consistently mixed Hip-Hop, house, Afrobeat, funk and soul music for almost 20 years. Famous for his dance parties, Rich is responsible for crowd favorites like Jump N’ Funk, What The Funke and Props. In addition to his own events, Rich has DJed shows with artists like Lauryn Hill, De La Soul, The Roots and Femi Kuti. Most recently, Rich appeared on the first-ever reality DJ competition “Smirnoff’s Master of the Mix” that aired on BET and Centric.

DJ Total Eclipse is a world renowned turntablist and member of the groundbreaking turntablist crew, the X-Men aka X-ecutioners (DJ Rob Swift, Mista Sinista, Boogie Blind and Grand Master Roc Raida). In March 1996, Eclipse entered the Beat Street Records DJ Battle where he took first place and received a gold bronzed Technic 1200 turntable. He has also recorded cuts on “Equinox” for Organized Konfusion besides working on his own solo projects.

Torae gained recognition by collaborating with DJ Premier and Marco Polo. In 2007, HipHopDX featured him in their DXNext underground Hip-Hop series. In the same year, he was named Chairman’s Choice in XXL. As an MC, Torae has worked with fellow Hip-Hop favorites like Skyzoo, Sha Stimuli, Tash of The Alkaholiks, Sean Price, Masta Ace, Wale, Talib Kweli and more.

D-Stroy as a MC of the Arsonists has expanded to hosting events for Rock Steady, Nike, Scratch Academy and more. In addition, he has co-hosted several radio shows with Hip-Hop legends like DJ Premier, DJ Tony Touch, DJ Eclipse and Crazy Legs.

DJ RawBeatz has been rocking the turntables since the young age of 9. Growing up in Queens as a breakdancer in the 90’s, RawBeatz has opened for a handful of major artists / DJs and continues to pursue success as well as uphold longevity in music.

What: Salute The DJ
When: Thursday, March 30th, 8pm- 2am
Where: Southpaw, 125 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Entry: Tickets are $10 Advance/ $15 Door
18+ with ID required

Event Description:
In Hip-Hop’s early days the DJ was an integral part of the Hip-Hop act. While the evolution of the art form has pushed the DJ literally and figuratively to the back of the stage, his/her importance is still relevant. SALUTE THE DJ will remind those who may have forgotten or those who are unfamiliar with this pillar of Hip-Hop.

SALUTE THE DJ features some of the best DJs and pays tribute to the three disciplines: The Party DJ(s), who hypes the crowd with the latest records; The Turntablist(s), who showcase undeniable visual and sonic expertise on the decks; and The Beat Digger(s), who connect the dots between the Soul, Funk and Jazz sounds at the root of Hip-Hop classics.

The inaugural SALUTE THE DJ occurred on June 24th, 2010 as part of the 6th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival where Brooklyn Bodega united some of the most respected DJs in the industry to rock the wheels of steel for a crowd upwards of 400. Performers for that first event included Bobbito Garcia (aka Kool Bob Love), DJ Spinna, Waajeed of the Platinum Pied Pipers, Rob Swift of the X-ecutioners and Rhettmatic of the Beat Junkies. VIPs that attended this event included Grand Wizard Theodore (inventor of the scratch), DJ Disco Whiz (first Latino DJ), Large Professor, Marley Marl and more!

Event Sponsor:
The Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) is a series of music workshops, a platform for those who shape our musical future. Every year, two groups of 30 selected participants – producers, vocalists, DJs, instrumentalists, and allround musical mavericks from all around the globe – come together for two fortnight-long ‘terms’.

RBMA Radio is an international team comprising of well-respected producers, programmers and journalists oversees our year-long stream of music, from exclusive mixes to regular shows hosted by the world’s leading DJs and studio wizards, to recordings of live performances from the best venues and festivals across the globe. During the actual Academy event, RBMA Radio goes real-time, building a studio and teaming up with local experts to bring the live radio experience.

Product Sponsors:
FLüD was established in 2007 by a few good men who loved fashion and good business. In an effort to bring the watch back to its rightful place as one of the ultimate accessories, the concept for FLüD was born. Its goal is to create unique, fresh watches for the casual and streetwear scene without the pretentiousness or price tag. Fresh style, nice price, its a simple formula. FLüD could get more wordy, but that is not what it is about – its all about the watches.

Rocksmith Tokyo is Japanese street couture blended with New York City swagger. The ultimate Mixtape of classic and futuristic cuts, fabrics, music styles and attitudes. After the birth of the brand in 2002 on the Tokyo club circuit, The Life Entertainment partnered up with NYC based Kilo International to take the goods worldwide. Today you can find Rocksmith at select retailers around the globe.

Brooklyn Bodega is a multimedia content production and branding company. Our brand extends into event production, journalism and critical media analysis, digital and grassroots marketing, radio, video, and content distribution. While The Bodega is best known for producing New York City’s largest Hip-Hop event, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival; our expertise also manifests in Brooklyn Bodega Radio, Bodega TV, our blogazine and online home, and most recently The Bodega Agency, our boutique marketing and branding operation.

The Bodega is made up of an extraordinary group of cultural programmers, marketing professionals, writers, designers and academics who have heeded their own personal call to action and have dedicated themselves to the celebration and preservation of Hip-Hop culture.

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