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Arizona DJ Ruthless Ramsey is featured in this YouTube video ‘scratching’ tapes on two commercial boomboxes hooked up via a DJ mixer. An aspiring DJ since his younger days, he wound up as a tape jockey when he was on welfare and couldn’t afford a pair of turntables.

It’s nice to see someone bring this level of innovation back to the field of DJing. After all, this is where hip-hop comes from—taking what you have and making it fresh. While the horde of hunched-over laptop DJs have reformatted the artform by clicking and dragging their way into the future, it’s nice to see someone rewind the game back to its essence.

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