Hip Hop is evolving and there’s no way around. The Golden Era days of graffiti and B-Boys have been replaced by trends popularized online. Social media has swallowed the once intimate culture turning into and the blueprint for international pop culture. Although the changes are rapid, there are a few who have decided to stray away from the cultural revolution and continue to build on the Hip Hop’s traditional elements. 9-year-old DJ Kool Flash is one of those few.
Already dubbed the ‘youngest DJ in charge’ by Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Kool Flash has just released her sophomore mixtape Underground Playground Vol. 1 showing off the prodigy’s eclectic taste. Hosted by Dead Prez’s M-1, the project features cuts from A.F.R.O., De La Soul, Jay Dee, Mayhem Lauren, Joey Bada$$, Rah Dgga, Pete Rock, and Bishop Nehru to name a few.
Her talents don’t stop at hosting mixtapes (like the abilities of some DJ’s today), DJ Kool Flash’s follows in the footsteps of the greats. Live, she weilds dual Technic 12000s, equiped with both vinyl and Serato. And true to tradition, Kool Flash handles all of her recorded scratches, mixing, and beat juggling in real time with the precision of someone twice her age.
Check out her new mixtape and keep an eye out for her name in the future. In an ever-changing game, DJ Kool Flash has nothing but potential to be one of the greatest of all time even if she is holding on to the old ways.