The song was “Party Up” by DMX.
I heard this song for the first time when 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, 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. I heard a popular LA radio announcer say that he was about to air a brand new song by DMX. I waited eagerly for the song, and as soon as I heard the beat I felt my emotions shift. The power and presence in the instrumentals were pure genius. As soon as DMX started rapping with his raspy tone, it added edge, aggression and an unrivaled 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 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 and feedback built my confidence in proper song selection and discretion. This then led me to make mixtapes and CDs for my sister, friends and family. Compiling mixes was something I thoroughly enjoyed doing, especially as I saw the memorable and positive responses from the people I cared about. I knew around that time that I had a solid passion and that I wanted to be a DJ. I knew I wanted to 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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