by: Ricza Lopez (Buffalo State College)
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Recently I’ve been put on to to something that I would have never thought imaginable and that is mixing Reggae, Soca, Dancehall with Baltimore Club music. At first I couldn’t help but initially think is that even possible? If anything, the first person to put me on to Baltimore Club was my friend who is a DJ and I couldn’t help but like what I heard. I also asked myself why this type of music could not be played in New York City but then it hit me, certain areas play certain type of music and New York City really isn’t one of them. This is where DJ Big Rob comes in.
Born Robert Morris, DJ Big Rob is a native from Buffalo, NY and is part of The Umbrella Corporation DJ’s. This man is very known for his knowledge of music ranging from Reggae, Soca, R&B, Hip-Hop, Rap and Baltimore Club music. His recent accomplishment includes releasing a mixtape entitled “Touch me Tease me Mixtape” back in January as a promotion for the party with the same title. It all started with him imposing a question last year on Twitter and that was “What type of mix should I put out next? Reggae, Soca, Dancehall?” My reply was “Please, please please X out Reggae/Dancehall CD, I am tired of hearing the same stuff.” Then when he told me that the mixtape dropped already I made sure to take a listen. I realized that the Dancehall, Reggae and Soca community could really be put onto something like this especially for those who aren’t exposed to Baltimore Club, better yet Club music in general. He was telling me on Twitter “there’s no market for it you feel me?” and I was thinking, shit, if you managed to put me on to something I don’t listen to on the regular, it just means that he is truly accomplishing something by letting people into his realm and you know how that cycle goes. You’re hooked.
He’s truly cool in my books because his blending skills is crazy, some of the songs that I listen to on the regular, I wouldn’t think that they could be a club song to match it’s tempo, timing and beat, but he made it happen and I give him his props for that. All I have to say to DJ Big Rob is that compared to a lot of DJ’s I have heard he is the most versatile I have heard up to date with his blending. Don’t stop what you are doing brother because in the DJ’ing world, it’s true that you have to stay on top of your game but that doesn’t mean that you have to conform to what people want to hear. DJ Big Rob will continue let all who listen to him or catch him on the 1’s and 2’s know what his trademark is.
If you want to inquire more about him or for bookings, as he stated in one of his recent tweets: