Mr. Dibbs

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Mr. Dibbs
Birth nameBrad Forste
BornCincinnati, Ohio, United States
GenresTurntablism, alternative hip hop
OccupationsDJ, producer
InstrumentsTurntables, sampler
Years active1990s–present
LabelsRhymesayers Entertainment, Self Core Records, Cease And Desist, Four Ways To Rock, Shake It!, Stereo-Type, Mary Joy, Puddles Frothingsquat
Associated acts1200 Hobos, Presage, Atmosphere, El-P
Websitemrdibbs.bandcamp.com
 
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Mr. Dibbs
Birth nameBrad Forste
BornCincinnati, Ohio, United States
GenresTurntablism, alternative hip hop
OccupationsDJ, producer
InstrumentsTurntables, sampler
Years active1990s–present
LabelsRhymesayers Entertainment, Self Core Records, Cease And Desist, Four Ways To Rock, Shake It!, Stereo-Type, Mary Joy, Puddles Frothingsquat
Associated acts1200 Hobos, Presage, Atmosphere, El-P
Websitemrdibbs.bandcamp.com

Mr. Dibbs (born Brad Forste[1]) is an American DJ and hip hop producer. He is the founder and owner of Self Core Records[2] and the founder of the turntablist collective 1200 Hobos. He has also appeared on numerous underground hip hop records as DJ or producer, as well as releasing a number of solo records.

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Early life

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Forste was introduced to DJing around 1985, when he saw Grandmaster Flash performing on the syndicated light news/entertainment show PM Magazine, but "didn't really understand what he did." After watching an MTV broadcast of Grand Mixer DXT performing with Herbie Hancock on the latter's 1983 single "Rockit," he learned the hand motions and began to learn scratching himself. He estimates that he spent six months "getting the hang of" scratching, subsequently spending two years "cutting and scratching to whatever was on TV" to practice.[3]

Career

Mr. Dibbs formed his own turntablist crew 1200 Hobos in the early 1990s.[4] The crew's rotating line-up has included Doseone, Jel, Buck 65, Sixtoo, Adverse, DJ Signify, DJ Mayonnaise, DJ Skip among others, and at its largest numbered 23 members.[5][6] They have released two mixtapes.[4]

In addition to 1200 Hobos, Mr. Dibbs has also been touring DJ for Atmosphere and El-P. With Doseone and Jel, he is also a member of Presage,[5] who released one album Outer Perimeter in 1998.

In 1996, Mr. Dibbs teamed up with graffiti magazine Scribble to put on the first Scribble Jam event as a promotion for the magazine's launch.[7] The event has since become America's largest hip hop festival[8] with separate competitions for rapping, DJing, graffiti, b-boying and beatboxing. Its past participants and guests have included Juice, Eminem, Adeem, P.E.A.C.E., Eyedea, Sage Francis, Mac Lethal, Rhymefest, Nocando, Skratch Bastid and DJ Abilities.[9]

Mr. Dibbs' Turntable Hardcore series of albums was notable for its genre-straddling approach, blending a wide variety of styles along with more usual hip hop turntablism.

Discography

Solo records

Guest appearances

Compilation & soundtrack appearances

References

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