Defiant :: Got Juice? :: Silent Records           DJ Craze :: Rugged Radio Saturday :: Audio Research
as reviewed by John Book

Mix CD's come out on a frequent basis, to the point where it's overwhelming. Do you buy one to hear what a DJ does with the original tracks, or do you pick it up because it may feature songs you've been hunting for? In the case of Defiant and DJ Craze, you can pick up their latest mix CD's for both reasons.

Defiant's "Got Juice?" has a diverse selection of tracks that please not only those who are into the mainstream joints, but for those whose tastes may be firmly planted in the underground, not once worrying about who is musically flirting with whom. Within the mix you'll find Snoop, Gang Starr, 50 Cent, Nas, Erykah Badu, and Janet Jackson getting cut and caught up with People Under The Stairs, MF Doom, Dabrye, Madlib, and Natural Elements. This is juice without the bling, and it coats the soul without any bad aftertaste.

DJ Craze, on the other hand, gets more involved with his music by not only blending and cutting things nicely, but putting his emotion into the blends as if you're right there staring in his face while he throws attitude. With tracks that include Troy Dunnit's "Not Gangsta", Obscure Disorder's "Back To The Lab", and "Frostbite" by DJ Serious, there's really no time to rest or wanting to put buttons to advance to the next track. The highlight is the A-Trak Remix of "Felonius Funk" by D-Styles, Q-Bert, Babu, and Melo-D. By DJ Craze adding his turntable skills into the mix, it's almost to say "hey now, you guys couldn't wait up for me?"

Both mix CD's are exceptional for different reasons, and I found myself hearing them over and over many times. There's a lot of thought going in each of these mix CD's, it's not just "dig in the crates, and yell over everything." Craze already has a name for himself, but I'd keep an eye out for Defiant as well.

Defiant: Music Vibes: 8.5 of 10 TOTAL Vibes: 8.5 of 10

DJ Craze: Music Vibes: 9 of 10 TOTAL Vibes: 9 of 10

Originally posted: February 10, 2004