(#Throwback Archive) DJ Afterthought Speaks On His Journey With Hip Hop [Exclusive Interview]

Originally Published: October 27, 2014

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The City of Pittsburgh is known for its blue-collar mentality and that it is home to some of the best professional sports teams in the nation, but what most people don’t realize is that this city is also home to some of the best Hip Hop talent in this country. Hip Hop has transitioned over the years and with that being said it has also repositioned itself throughout the United States. While Hip Hop was born in New York it soon made its way to the West Coast, and most recently you can hear a lot of today’s Hip Hop coming from Down South.

So…where is the heart of Hip Hop relocating to next? [Enter] Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

There is an abundance of musical talent in Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas. Wiz Khalifa cracked the door and now artists like Mac Miller, Boaz, and others are finding their way to stardom. Today up & coming emcees are flooding the streets of the Steel City, but what is an emcee without a DJ? Don’t worry; I’ll answer that for you. The answer is just a person with a microphone. The art of DJing is one of the most essential pieces to the Hip Hop culture. According to a 2012 study, there are approximately 1¼ million professional disc jockeys in the world, and with this article I want to introduce my readers to one particular DJ that is doing his thing in Pittsburgh.

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New Jersey native DJ Afterthought has been putting on for the city of Pittsburgh in a big way. His sets are ridiculous and he controls a crowd like no other in the Pittsburgh area. I spoke with DJ Afterthought a few days ago and we talked about his journey with Hip Hop and much more.

One of the things that stood out to me during my conversation with DJ Afterthought is when he mentioned that he had only been DJing since the age of 20 years old. The fact that DJ Afterthought has only been doing this for seven years is pretty impressive to me, because his skills are undeniable and he gets the job done like a true vet.

Once I found out that DJ Afterthought had only been working on his craft for just a few years I then had to ask him what influenced him to try his hand at the art. He replied, “I went to audio engineering school and I did a lot of different things with music there. I did a good bit of engineering and producing, but I spent most of my time dealing with sound at like shows and in the studio. I ended up DJing because my buddy would have people (DJs) cancel on him all the time and I had a ton of music on my computer and I had the Djing programs already on there. So I went to him and told him that I have the music and also the programs. He then turned to me and said, Well damn…you’re just an afterthought if you’re just doing sound. I was like there ya go, he pretty much just gave me my name and I started Djing from there. It started out by just going to parties and little bars and then I started to evolve a little bit and I ended up going to bigger bars and even bigger shows.”

When I asked Afterthought where his passion for the art form comes from he replied, “I grew up during the 90’s era listening to a lot of Hip Hop and I just related to it. I would see a DJ and say to myself that the DJ is the soul of what is going on. I really found that to be pretty cool and unique.”

DJ Afterthought has become the go-to-guy in Pittsburgh. With honing his craft in just a few years I was curious to find out exactly how he earned that title. “I started out doing very small stuff, trying to get on shows and work with other people, but there wasn’t enough going on. At that point I finally decided to do my own shows. We brought Bubba Sparxxx and the Ying Yang Twins to Butler, Pennsylvania. I then began doing Hip Hop showcases and other events in the Butler area. By working hard, networking, and doing good business with people I slowly but surely worked my way into the Pittsburgh Hip Hop scene,” said Afterthought.

As our conversation continued, DJ Afterthought once again wowed me as he spoke about the numerous mainstream and local artists that he has worked with and/or opened up for. “I have worked with a lot of great artists,” said DJ Afterthought, “Bubba Sparxxx, Ying Yang Twins, Talib Kweli, Ludacris, Chevy Woods, Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa and the list goes on. I have opened up for artists like Kendrick Lamar, French Montana, J. Cole, Juicy J, Travis Scott, Danny Brown, and Action Bronson to name a few.”

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Afterthought’s talents has not only led him to work with some of the industry’s finest, but it has also taken him all across the continent. “I’ve performed in probably 45 of the 50 states and every providence in Canada.

Right now you can catch DJ Afterthought on his usual grind…doing it way big in Pittsburgh. We talked about some of his upcoming events, which included Smoker’s Club with Redman and Method Man, King of the Burgh, and also DJing for Young Thug. “There’s so many events coming up,” said Afterthought as he chuckled, “We got a Wiz show coming, we got Jeezy coming, we got Y.G. coming, we have Kirko Bangz and Snootie Wild coming…we got so many things going on right now.”

“Honestly it has all been a great experience, from the beginning up to now. It’s a good feeling every time. It’s the same feeling, but every situation has been unique and it has been awesome; even the bad stuff. Looking back at it all, it’s like I still got to do that,” said DJ Afterthought.

To conclude my interview with DJ Afterthought I asked him what kind of advice he had for those also striving to make their dreams a reality. He replied, “Just go and do it. Just make sure that you don’t waste any time doing something that is not going to be productive. A lot of people don’t work hard enough and a lot people just don’t follow through. It’s really really hard to keep working hard when you are not getting anything in return, but if you keep working hard it will eventually payoff.”

DJ Afterthought is a great example of what the Pittsburgh area has to offer, so keep an eye open and one ear to the streets; you’ll be sure to catch this DJ in a city near you.

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DJ Afterthought gave a big shout out to Daily Bread, Hater Magnet, IPH Studios, ID Labs, and Pyrex Vision Entertainment.

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[Hip Hop News Now] ‎DJ Afterthought Presents: “King of the Burgh 5”

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Western Pennsylvania has been on Hip Hop’s radar ever since Wiz Khalifa put on for his city. The city of Pittsburgh is home to some of the most talented emcees you will ever come across.  The city’s underground movement is where you can discover the genre’s next ‘big thing’. To showcase this talent, ‎DJ Afterthought presents “King Of The Burgh 5.”  This event will give 19 emcees an opportunity to perform and make their claim for the crown. The winner of the competition will be taking a seat at the city’s throne and also be awarded over $5k in cash and prizes. Pittsburgh’s DJ Afterthought is delivering what may be one of the city’s biggest events this summer.

“It’s a platform for artists to go on and showcase their stuff in front of actual fans,” said DJ Afterthought. “I encourage every entity of Hip Hop music to come out and network and meet people. It’s really an opportunity for everyone and anybody.” Afterthought also mentioned how the prizes can truly help the artist. Studio time with ID Labs, promotion, merchandise, and much more are all bundled into the prize. “It gives me satisfaction to see good people get an opportunity,” said Afterthought.

Pittsburgh Emcee Cory Eaux is excited about the upcoming the event. He is one of the 19 rappers who will be hitting the stage on September 5th. “I love performing. I usually don’t enter too many competitions, but I feel that this one will be beneficial for me. There’s actually fans at these shows. Usually at showcases you end up just rapping for a bunch of rappers, but with this one you are going to have at least a couple hundred people there. So there’s actually an opportunity to gain some fans,” said Cory Eaux. “Winning would be nice, but that’s not why I’m doing it. I’m doing it because this is an opportunity to get in front of a receptive crowd, a crowd that is there to hear some real Hip Hop.”

Also gracing the stage will be western Pennsylvania emcee Chris DeVille. “For me, it is an opportunity to showcase my talents in front of a demographic that’s not familiar with my music,” said DeVille. “I’m excited and looking forward to the show. I plan on bringing a lot of energy. I also want to show my versatility when it comes to my music.” 

DeVille’s goal is simple. “I want the crown, and the title ‘King Of The Burgh,’ but I’m also looking forward to the opportunity the show itself presents. Whether it be new collabs  new fans, etc.,” said Chris DeVille. It’s going to be an epic night, I think everybody should want to be a part of it. This night could be the reason a star is born.” 

King Of The Burgh 5″ will be going down Saturday, September 5th at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh. Doors open at 8 pm and you can catch performances by Cory Eaux, Chris DeVille, Army Strong Music, District 9, Vorpy D, OSFM LOLO, Pure Fuckery, Matty C, Ramaj Oei, Seymour Banks, Shul Z, Grady Gill, Padgelek Productions, Gwappo, GP is Going Places, Aaron Romeo, Mike Tomlin, Born Ready, Billy Wolfe, and H & T.

Check out the “KOTB5” promo below and click here for ticket information.

 

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[Hot New Music!] Chris DeVille – “Don’t Worry I’ll Wait” (Stream & Download Full Mixtape Here)

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In a recent article, 56 & Runnin’ Ent. artist Chris DeVille sat down with The Roundtable Empire to discuss his new mixtape, Don’t Worry I’ll Wait.  Today listeners can Stream & Download his highly anticipated mixtape for free.  Don’t Worry I’ll Wait is hosted by Pittsburgh’s DJ Afterthought and features Royal Dutchie, Lady Homi, Jay Lamont, and R&B singer Emanny. Emanny may sound familiar to you as he has found mainstream success on tracks with rappers Joe Budden and Jadakiss. He has also worked with many R&B artists like Patti LaBelle, Ginuwine, Miguel, and Trey Songz to name a few. You can find Emanny on Chris DeVille’s hit single “Intimate Truth”.

Don’t Worry I’ll Wait is a spot-on road map through Hip Hop. It hints at where Hip Hop has been and it also reflects the current state of Hip Hop. More importantly, it guides listeners to where Hip Hop is going, but don’t take my word for it. Stream & Download Chris DeVille’s latest project below and be sure to let us know what you think by commenting below.

  

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[Hip Hop News Now] Chris DeVille Speaks On His New Mixtape & More (Exclusive Interview)

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With a new mixtape on the horizon 56 & Runnin’ Entertainment artist Chris DeVille decides to sit down with The Roundtable Empire to discuss his upcoming mixtape, Don’t Worry I’ll Wait.  The Johnstown native is truly excited about finally giving listeners the completed project and you can catch all of that in this exclusive interview with Chris DeVille.   The mixtape is hosted by DJ Afterthought and features Lady Homi, Royal Dutchie, Jay Lamont and R&B sensation Emanny.   

We all know that patience is a virtue, and as DeVille is patiently waiting for his moment he continues to hone his craft which is exhibited on this latest project.

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Progress is definitely a process and this mixtape is Chris DeVille’s testament to that. Don’t Worry I’ll Wait drops March 12th and will be available on many online platforms including datpiff.com and livemixtapes.com.

Check out the exclusive interview with “Johnstown’s Own” Chris DeVille below and be on the lookout tomorrow for his Don’t Worry I’ll Wait mixtape.

  

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