DJ EFN – “Paradise” F/ Talib Kweli, Wrekonize & Redman
DJ EFN is a Miami based DJ specializing in hip-hop since the early 1990’s. Crazy Hood Productions is a staple in the Miami community and DJ EFN is the active artist’s manager and label executive. Growing up listening to mixtapes many of which came from NY, DJ EFN decided to take his mixtape skills to Miami, since no one else there was doing it at that time. They only listened to the big names such as Clue or Tony Touch. His first Crazy Hood mixtape was in 1993 and within the next 2 decades he made 42 volumes of the mixtape featuring huge industry names such as Redman, Outkast, Capone-N-Noreaga, KRS-One, Wu-Tang Clan, Bun B, Ja Rule, Sean Paul, Joe Budden, Lil Jon, Ghostface Killah, Keith Murray and David Banner. His most recent mixtape called “Another Time” dropped earlier this month and features tons of big names – Kurupt, Inspectah Deck, M.O.P, MC Eight, Royce da 5’9”, Reks, Scarface, Dj Premier, Smif-N-Wessun, Juvenile, Dead Prez, Joell Orrtiz, Keith Murray, N.O.R.E., Bun B, Talib Kweli, Defari, and Ras Kass just to name a few! One of the bangers off the album is called “Paradise” which features Talib Kweli, Redman, and Wrekonize. Talks that “Muddy Waters 2” is in the works swirls throughout the industry who has been feigning for an album since “Reggie” dropped in 2010. Talib Kweli has a highly anticipated album set to release this year as well titled “Radio Silence”. ¡Mayday!’s Wrekonize was born in London, England before he moved to the US in 1988. His parents were in a local band in which performed with MC Guru on his original Jazzmatazz album. Wrekonize was 11 when he met Guru who helped inspire him to make his own music. In 2003 he competed on MTV Battle II: The Takeover in Times Square and beat 10 rappers to win the title in which he was promised a contract with Roc-A-Fella Records for his Grand Prize. The deal never came and Wrekonize created his own path and signed with SouthBeat Records. There he met ¡Mayday! (A Miami based hip-hop band also signed with Southbeat). They soon formed a group and made 4 colab albums and also a few solo albums on their own. On “Paradise” he throws down with some of the greatest names in the game.
Johnny V 3/31/15
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