The song was “Party Up” by DMX.
The first time I heard this song, I was 12 years old and tried to “borrow” my Mom’s car. She wasn’t home, and I recall sitting in the garage of our house in Calabasas, and starting her Mercedes Benz E320. As I turned the car on and it was idling, I quickly searched the radio for a rap station. All of the sudden I heard a popular LA radio announcer say that he was about to air a brand spanking-new song by DMX. He said “you don’t want to sleep on this one” and mentioned it was a total hit. I waited in the next few moments eagerly for the song, and as soon as I heard the beat, I felt my emotions shift. The power and presence just in the instrumentals alone were pure genius. As soon as DMX started rapping, with his dog-like raspy tone, it added edge, aggression and an unparallelled energy to the track.
After that moment, I felt compelled to request this song by DMX at every party and Bar/Bat Mitzvah I attended in the next few years. It always caused an uproar, turned everyone’s head, and made people run to the dance floor from wherever they were. This song was quickly burned forever in my memory and became timeless. My relationship with rap and hip hop was sealed at that young age. Requesting that DMX song at private parties and seeing the hype & feedback built my confidence in proper song selection & discretion, which led me to making mixtapes and CD’s for my sister, friends and family. Compiling mixes was something I thoroughly enjoyed doing, especially as I saw the memorable and positive response from the people I cared about. I knew around that time that I had a solid passion, that I wanted to be a DJ, play music for people and have the ability to control a crowd.
Friendly disclaimer: I would probably not use this song in a corporate setting as it does have some explicit language and is not for the faint of heart 🙂
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