On September 19th 2009 Hip Hop lost a great, pioneering DJ and on October 3rd it gained another. DJ Mr. President is a veteran turntablist and has been perfecting his craft for years but upon hearing of Roc Raida’s passing, he decided to lead an absolutely groundbreaking tribute.
Displaying a total disregard for his own health and well-being, Prez decided to DJ for 24 hours straight in honor of Roc Raida’s legacy. He even streamed the entire tribute live to ensure that people all over the world could join him in remembering a hip hop legend. Many people followed the tribute worldwide and spread the word about this totally selfless act of respect.
After a great mix and a fantastic display of turntablism, Prez’s emotional tribute to a true legend should certainly be remembered as one of the purest ever contributions to hip hop. Many young hip hop DJs and artists could stand to learn an awful lot from DJ Mr. President, especially his passion and respect for our culture. It is through DJs like Prez that Roc Raida’s legacy will continue to thrive and live on for many years to come.
In Memory of DJ Roc Raida 1972-2009
“IT WAS TRULY AN HONOR TO TAKE ON THIS CHALLENGE IN HIS NAME. I FELT LIKE I HAD TO DO THIS AS A WAY OF SAYING THANK YOU TO THE LEGEND. I THANK HIM FOR CONTINUOUSLY INSPIRING ME THROUGHOUT MY CAREER, BY ALWAYS SETTING THE BAR HIGH, THROUGH HIS OWN DEVOTION TO OUR CRAFT.” – DJ MR. President