As Sadat X puts it, turntablist and B-girl DJ Kool Flash is “the youngest DJ in charge” and if the 9-year-old’s new mixtape, Underground Playground Vol. 1, is any indication what’s to come from this budding prodigy, the Hip Hop world is in for a special treat. Using two Technic 1200s, vinyl and Serato, Kool Flash executes all the scratches, mixing and beat juggling with a precision essentially unheard for a person so young.
Hosted by M-1 dead prez, the 20-track journey begins with an intro from Pharoahe Monch (yes, the one from Organized Konfusion) and carries into some mature selections, including Mr. Lif’s “Pounds Pressure,” Bahamadia’s “Culture Cut” and De La Soul’s “Nosed Up.” She also keeps it current and throws in some Joey Bada$$, Bishop Nehru and A-F-R-O for good measure.
DJ Rob Swift the legendary turntablist crew, X-ecutioners, teaches the craft at The New School in downtown Manhattan and witnesses the wide-eyed look on countless kids’ faces every time they put their hands on a turntable, something he never tires watching.
“It’s great seeing young kids gravitate towards the art Hip Hop,” Swift tells DX. ” It ensures its longevity throughout the world.”
If nothing else, DJ Kool Flash is like a beacon hope for the cultivation and continuation the culture in its purest form. Hand-selected by Ma Dukes to represent The J Dilla Foundation as the organization’s youngest turntablist, DJ Kool Flash clearly has a bright future ahead her. Watch her interview mixtape king DJ DooWop below and download or stream her Underground Playground Vol.1 mixtape here.