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MP3: DJ JS-1 - "Brainbender" feat. Kool Keith, Ced Gee Canibus, Prince Poetry, & Rahzel 07.08.2009
JS-1 Album Finale Caps Long Roster Of Guest Artists

The Song:

The cavalcade of songs and artists that appear on DJ JS-1's latest album, No Sell Out: Ground Original 2, comes to a head on the record's finale of a track, "Brainbender." Clocking in at over five and a half minutes, "Brainbender" is the longest song on the album - a fact JS attributes to the four verses he wanted to feature, "The song has four verses. It's long and just the way I like it, not the way most people do it. I got Kool Keith to say a classic Ultra line 'I'm sending brains are bending' for the chorus, which kind of holds true when people listen to something like this." Joining Kool Keith on the track are fellow guest artists Ced Gee (collectively half of Ultramagnetic MCs), Canibus, Prince Poetry, and Rahzel. From the straight-ahead backbeat to the upbeat verses, all the featured emcees are supported by an extraordinary amount of classic DJ moves, as JS-1 scratches in almost every space possible. Packing a song to the brim like this probably best defines “NO SELLOUT” (Ground Original 2) is now available via Fat Beat Records.

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The Background:

As a member of the world famous Rock Steady Crew, partner of Rahzel (the world's #1 beatboxer), and occasional tour DJ for KRS-One, DJ JS-1 has toured the planet with over 1,000 shows in more than 32 countries and hundreds of cities. During that time, the Queens, NY native has shared the stage with a wide variety of artists, including 50 Cent, RUN DMC, Maroon 5, Wu-Tang Clan, The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Talib Kweli, Redman & Method Man, Wyclef, OAR, Dashboard Confessional, Snoop Dogg, All American Rejects, Mike Patton, and many more. As a producer, JS' list of accomplishments runs just as long, having worked with a number of artists, such as Common, Will Smith & Jazzy Jeff, Immortal Technique, Big Daddy Kane, Dilated Peoples, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, Pharoahe Monch, Brand Nubian, and Kool Keith just to name a few. For the past three years, JS-1 has stayed busy touring, producing, making high-profile TV appearances, and completing his new album. The result is an album will serve to make DJ JS-1 a household name for all within the hip-hop community.

For No Sell Out, an album recorded as an addendum to his previous solo effort Ground Original, JS-1 enlisted the help of an extensive and notable list of guest emcees, including KRS-One, Large Pro, Pharoahe Monch, Canibus, Sean Price, Blaq Poet, Killah Priest, Ill Bill, Kool Keith & Ced Gee (Ultramagnetic Mc's), Aesop Rock, Vast Aire, Chino XL, Sadat X, AG, OC, Craig G, CL Smooth, Edo G, Prince Po, Akrobatik, J-Live, Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks, Rakaa of Dilated Peoples, Krondon, C Rayz Walz, Vast Aire, Nutrageous, Copywrite, PMD, Rahzel, EMC (Masta Ace, Strick, Wordsworth, Punchline), Termanology, Torae, Pumpkinhead, Jak D, Big Noyd, Q-Unique, Brother Ali, Slaine, Virtuoso, Pack FM, Supastition. Block McCloud, Trez, Rugged Intellect, and DJ Premier. No Sell Out is available in stores everywhere via Fat Beats Records.

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"Brainbender" feat. Kool Keith, Ced Gee Canibus, Prince Poetry, & Rahzel

"Nuthin" feat. CL Smooth, Brother Ali, and Sadat X

"Murder" feat. Chino XL, Sean Price, & Killah Priest

DJ JS-1 on Regis & Kelly

"Clear 'N Present Danger" feat. KRS-One & Canibus

"Ridiculous" feat. OC & Pharoahe Monch

Album Mega Mix

"Like This" featuring Large Professor

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