I can’t listen to the Scratch DJ Academy LPs anymore. The bass and snare on that LP

is draining out my brain. Oh someone please help me.


Another A-Trak Monkeyboy Breaks Vinyl at Fat Beats + #5 DJ Lesson


Now I can finally try beat matching with these two vinyl. We learned how to beat

match two different songs. The first step is to know the BPM of the two songs you are

trying to mix. If the leading record is about 90 BPM and the following record is about

87 BPM, you know you have to increase the pitch of the following turntable. Now that

you know which one to increase, put your body in motion with the leading record

beats. This lets your body count while your mind is listening to the

following record to beat match. Once you think you got the beats matching pretty

well, drop it on the one again and repeat beat matching for fine tuning. Laura at

Scratch Academy told me, she does it 5 times.


It took me 4 tries to get the second A-Trak Monkeyboy Breaks. On Friday, the dude

in front of me took the last copy, but another shipment was suppose to come on

Monday. I went there on Monday, but at 6 PM. I went there at 6PM and he told me

he needed to organize the vinyl to sell. So I came back at 7:30 PM, on finally got my

second A-Trak Monkeyboy Breaks. What a journey…


Fat Beats is a hip-hop orientated record store, with weekly live DJ spins. On Monday,

DJ Spinna was spinning. I don’t know him much, but HE WAS ILL. A true

master at work.

djspinnaI hope one day I’ll be spinning in front of a live audience.


A-Trak Battle Vinyl, $14.08/$14.08

“Monkeyboy Breaks” by A-TRAK (aka The #1 Spinna) is a battle vinyl for DJs.

The difference between a battle vinyl and regular vinyl is the collection of

scratch samples, word samples, and cool breaks to be used when turning

musicĀ  on for the BBoy battles.


The reason I bought this master piece is for my DJ lessons at DJ Scratch

Academy. We first learned how to scratch to a beat. That made us familiar

with equipments and operation of turning music on. But the main point

of a DJ is to create music. DJs would normally just turn on well known

music. As the role of DJs’ importance grew, so did their taste and artistic

ability. DJs now create their own version of musics by using the techniques

used from turntableism. A lot of music making is done digitally. It might

seem old school to buy an actual vinyl with scratch samples in it, but I

wish to know how I can express myself through music. And the biggest

step I can take today is through the old mechanical ways of

sampling, scratching, and beat matching with REAL BATTLE


%A fellow DJ student of mine told me that TRUE OLD SCHOOL DJs don’t

accept the concept of using battle vinyl. They believe the journey to the

actual source of the sound you are looking for is important. The journey

gives you more appreciation to the musicians before you. RESPECT!