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|Origin||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Genres||Hip hop, Turntablism|
|Labels||Deep Krate Recordingz|
Charlie Chan Soprano
Furius "Iceman" Stylz
Wax Murdaraz are a group of hip-hop musicians specialising in vinyl deejaying and music production. The group operates Wax Murdaraz Professional DJ Skool in St. Louis, Missouri, training people in hip-hop deejaying.
Founding members (Da Fly) D-Ex and DJ Professional (formerly DJ Finesse) recorded a number of tapes together in the late 1980s under the name Pest Realm, and released these independently from 1989 to 1995. The duo later adopted the alias "Wax Murdaraz" and in 1998 began constructing turntable "band" routines to present in a live format.
Turntablism is the art of manipulating sounds and creating new music, sound effects, mixes and other creative sounds and beats, typically by using two or more turntables and a cross fader-equipped DJ mixer. The mixer is plugged into a PA system for live events and/or broadcasting equipment so that a wider audience can hear the turntablist's music. Turntablists manipulate records on a turntable by moving the record with their hand to cue the stylus to exact points on a record, and by touching or moving the platter or record to stop, slow down, speed up or, spin the record backwards, or moving the turntable platter back and forth, all while using a DJ mixer's crossfader control and the mixer's gain and equalization controls to adjust the sound and level of each turntable. Turntablists typically use two or more turntables and headphones to cue up desired start points on different records.
In 1999, D-Ex recruited deejays B-Money (who has since produced music for Jay-Z and 50 Cent),Furius "Iceman" Stylz, DJ K-Nine, Charlie Chan (former DJ for Da Brat; as of 2002, deejaying full-time for Darryl "DMC" McDaniels), and DJ Scratch protégé Mocha Sunflower. Wax Murdaraz went on to recruit battle legend King IXL in 2002.
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Deep Krate Recordingz is a United States based independent record label and music production studio, named after the common disc jockey practice of storing phonograph records in milk crate containers. Founded by Wax Murdaraz in 2005, the label primarily releases urban contemporary music albums and promotional mixtapes in various formats. In 2007, the label started its own radio show broadcasting weekly worldwide via KDHX called Deep Krate Radio. Wax Murdaraz created alternate uncensored versions of Deep Krate Radio shows broadcasting on IBM Cloud Video in 2009. In 2012, Wax Murdaraz group member D-Ex began producing original music for ESPN from the Deep Krate Recordingz studio based in St. Louis, MO.
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