DJ Nate Speaks On Beat Down!
A few weeks ago we posted a video of Chicago, Illinois native DJ Nate getting chased, beat down and robbed in broad daylight!
He recently did an interview with Doggie Diamonds of Forbez DVD who asked him about the incident and DJ Nate admits that he got caught slippin!
He says that he knew one of the assailants and that this happened because he was set up by snakes in the grass!
When asked why he didn’t fight back he replied that there were things going on behind the scenes that prevented him from protecting himself possibly code for “those ratchets were on deck and no since in losing my life over a belt!”
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – The Chicago Hip Hop scene is no stranger to drama.
Rappers Johnny Boy Da Prince and Lil JoJo were killed in the last year over rap-fueled drama.
After that, Jo’s friends were killed for wearing a shirt that celebrated his life.
Today, another film from the wild streets of the Windy City slums, upcoming teenage rapper “DJ Nate” was videotaped being assaulted and robbed another young male who posed as a fan.
The video starts out with two men approaching the Chi-Town rapper with smiles on face and asking if it’s really the local celeb they think it is.
Once he confirms his identity, one of the young men sneak behind him, waiting for a prime opportunity to strike his jaw uncontested.
When he does lay the punch, it sounds like a water balloon busting and DJ Nate drops to the ground.
Is this a viral video stunt? Probably not, considering the ways of Chicago’s streets but it could be.
Whomever is videotaping can be heard speaking in shock along with sideline spectators.
As Nate laid on the ground the attacker forces him to take off his Gucci belt.
After robbing him of that, he asks if the young rapper’s earrings are real. Once he confirms they are not (who would say they are?), the robber bypasses on the fake jewels.
“D-mnnnn! That’s DJ Nate. DJ Nate buddy” you can hear spectators shouting as to announce whom they’ve victimized.
Whoever the robber was, the character was not too bright if this was real.
His face is seen on camera and Chicago Police will likely arrest him within 72 hours for his brazen attack.
At the same token, why is DJ Nate’s own music playing at the end of the video?
DJ Nate’s 2010 album Da Trak Genious was one of the first releases from Chicago’s footwork scene to see wide release, and the then-20-year old was one of the brightest lights on the footwork horizon.
Then, as quickly as he went from Myspace sensation to Planet Mu signee, DJ Nate quick the footwork game.
“When I was in high school I was around the people who made footwork,” he explains to the Chicago Reader, and as soon as he left school, “there wasn’t really any point” in making footwork. The scene’s loss is drill rap’s gain.
While not as revelatory as Da Trak Genious, his 13 mixtape (under his Bakaman moniker) finds Nate somewhere between Chief Keef and Future, with an ear for melody and an (over)reliance on Autotune.
Breakthrough single ‘Gucci Goggles’ is the highlight, but ‘So Attached’ earns its ‘(R x B)’ subtitle with a brittle beat and flashes of the weird brilliance that made Nate’s footwork so vital.
Footwork is a fiercely competitive, complex and acrobatic form of dancing that evolved in Chicago from the city’s ghetto house and hip-hop scenes.
It also refers to the style of music that mutated alongside it, a stuttering, chopped, processed mesh of hip-hop and R’n’B samples and machine-gun drum machine shrapnel that veers wildly from bubbling double-time beats to crunk rollers, sometimes cutting between juke tempo and hip-hop in one song.
DJ Nate is one of juke’s most unique producers, and now, like fellow Chi-town residents DJ Roc and DJ Rashad, he’s had his best cuts compiled and released by fearless electronic imprint Planet Mu.
The timing couldn’t be better, as tunes by UK artists like Ramadanman and Addison Groove have been toying with elements of footwork recently to huge success. Da Trak Genious, then, is a dose of the real thing – a mammoth 25 tunes, in fact.
This definitely ain’t home listening. Intensely minimal, with looped pop and R’n’B vocals and stammering kickdrums; apart from the booming bass touches, there’s seldom much going on in these tracks, but there’s a lot to enjoy about them.
The sample manipulation recalls old school hardcore – the sped up, femme vox, the frenetic beats – albeit a form developed in Chicago, seemingly independent of UK influences.
At times the results are ghostly and otherworldy, at others they’re frenetic – ‘You’re Gonna Love Me’, for instance, is a rush of soul repetition, surging snares and thundering beats, that you can imagine driving footworkers into ever more complex and delirious displays of fancy, well, footwork.
Be forewarned, this is supremely stripped-down, sparse stuff.
Its lo-fi simplicity certainly won’t be to everyone’s taste and it may be easier to understand in the context of the street dance it accompanies.
But as an introduction, it’s fascinating and will no doubt enliven the most adventurous DJs’ sets no end.