Margaritaville, Negril came alive as host to the fourth event slated on the Red Stripe Dream Weekend band. Dubbed 'East vs West,' the promoters of Yush created a showdown to determine which set of the talented disc jocks ruled on the tables.
Thousands of patrons crammed into the venue and parking lot to be a part of the musical showdown. Both the young and young at heart were seen rocking to the early vibes provided by Deejays from the east, ZJ Rush and DJ Sanjay.
The real showdown began in the early hours of Saturday morning with the disc jocks from the west ZJ Liquid (formerly DJ Lippo) along with his 'partner in crime' DJ Wayne, hailing from Montego Bay, showing why the west is best by unleashing solid selections from foundation artistes such as Barrington Levy (Broader Than Broadway) and the late Dennis Brown (Here I Come) and got the crowd moving to Buju Banton's Action.
The capacity crowd seemed to move in unison obeying ZJ Liquid's every command as he navigated his way through his list of 'oldies but goodies.' DJ Wayne schooled the crowd in what real selecting was all about by playing hits from yesteryear and energised them with Lady Saw's Ninja Bike.
The eastern disc jocks followed with ZJ Rush establishing his unique mixing style, which alternates the hits of old school hip-hop with the latest hits from the dancehall arena. This went down well with the now fully-engaged crowd which sang along to hits such as the hip- hop classic Gangster's Paradise, which fused into Vybz Kartel's Life Sweet, which garnered a big forward from the many patrons present. He also paid homage to the late Biggie Smalls and rapper Tupac by dedicating a segment with songs such as Warning and Broken Wings among many others which was again a hit with the very receptive crowd.
When quizzed about the dynamics of being up against experienced and well-respected deejays, ZJ Rush commented: "I see this as a musical thing and not a opportunity to kill sound and disrespect each other. I look up to ZJ Liquid, especially as I consider him my elder. We are just here to entertain the mass with excellent selections."
SOURCE: Jamaica observer
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