DJ Superstar Jay
This college athlete turned turntablist is part of the Triangle Offense and a member of Da Union DJ’s. Hailing from Jamaica, Queens, he supplies the mixtape scene with a weekly dose of lyrical crack. He’s the man your favorite artists call to drop an exclusive freestyle or diss track. His I Am Mixtapes series, which launched in 2008, is currently on release number 106.
I sat down with DJ Superstar Jay to find out how this basketball star became hip hop’s triple threat, managing a successful career as a radio, club and mixtape deejay.
How did you get your start?
I started deejaying at the age of 12. My Grandmom bought me my first set of turntables. They were Scott's. I haven’t stopped since then.
As a DJ, who's your biggest influence?
My influences are Ike Love, Boo Da Barber, DJ Clue and Ron G. Those are the deejays that I grew up listening to and they and I really wanted to DJ after that. They made me fall in love in the art of putting mixtapes out.
What’s your favorite city to DJ in?
It’s a tie between Pittsburgh and Las Vegas hands down they’re the best towns!
What are your three go to songs to test out the crowd?
“I Get Money” by 50 Cent usually works well on almost any crowd. I have so many records that I can’t really narrow it down. It really just depends on the vibe that I get from the crowd.
What's your never fail, "go-to" track if the crowd just doesn’t seem to be feeling it?
Right now I’d say “No Hands” by Waka Flocka. That song has been bringing that energy for the last 2 years.
What's the strangest event you ever deejayed?
There’s been way too many to name. Lol
What’s been your best deejay gig to date?
Petra Niteclub in Queens because I DJ there every Friday and I run the whole night.
What artists are you really excited to get new music from?
French Montana, Meek Mill and Waka Flocka
What’s your favorite mixtape to date by another DJ?
“The Intermission” by Freeway. It was actually co-hosted by Love Dinero and I, so I guess that counts as another DJ. Lol. We produced a lot of the tracks.
Your favorite Superstar Jay mixtape? Why?
Remy Ma’s “Shesus Khryst.” That project was special to me because I was the first DJ to do a mixtape DVD. Shout out to Remy Ma.
Are there any mixtapes that you released and weren't happy with and just can't live down?
None really. I’m always satisfied with the finished product.
If you were stuck on a desert island, and could only listen to three albums for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Nas “It Was Written” and
Mary J. Blige “My Life”
You’ve had some major accomplishments over the past few years. Just recently you were a guest judge on 106 & Park’s Freestyle Friday battle and I heard that you inked a deal with Reebok. So what can fans look forward to in 2012?
I’m going to be a lot more visible in 2012. I’m perfecting my craft on a daily basis and I ant to show the world. I’ve recently signed some amazing artists including a rapper named Frank Boy. We just dropped a new mixtape called "Pills, Weed Liquor." (Download Here) and I’m working on introducing them to the rest of the world. I have a video production company and my album is finally set for release this year. I’ll be launching my website to coincide with that.
If you’d like to know more about DJ Superstar Jay follow him on twitter @djsuperstarjay and check him out on Shade 45 Sirius XM Radio each and every Saturday from 10pm-1am EST alongside DJ Self and Kimmie Cupcakes.