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South Side born Earl Smith, one of the youngest members of the Ghettoteknitianz crew has been part of the footwork culture before he even hit his teens. Cutting his teeth as a dancer for the Creation Crew, he eventually tried his hand at making music and was taken under the wing of DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn who taught him the fundamentals of how a track is made. Yo can catch him cutting his records at almost all…

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  • damn I was sleeping on Audio Fixx 2. this shit is hot.
  • lol juke is "bad on purpose" how much more of a scrub could you be
  • Juke started in the 90s (I could be wrong, but I'm nearly positive/sorry, not trying to be that internet douche who points out trivial things). To say it's "bad on purpose" is very subjective, and in many cases misses the point. Perhaps DJ Earl is just some kid who isn't that good, but most Chicago producers aim for an organic sound rather than a "bad" one. While people like Slick Shoota are still dope, it misses the "ghetto" vibe. Even Machinedrum, while it has high productive, understands that there needs to be limits. Juke is very derivative of the ghetto house scene.
  • Yes, yes, "it's bad on purpose". OOOOK. I'll be over here listening to music that people care enough about to make it, you know, sound good. I have to point out that random guys from the hood in the 1980s with no engineering background and MOST IMPORTANTLY NO COMPUTERS were able to produce records that sound better than this crew can do with modern computers, which are more powerful than god.
  • Just as a response to darwinx0r, juke at it's roots doesn't emphasize high production value. In fact, much of the earlier material (and still today) is hardly mixed at all, let alone mastered. The lack of production is part of the aesthetic juke carries. Sometimes it would be more enjoyable if a lot of these DJ/producers put a little more time into their work. I can definitely agree with that.
  • I didn't think it was possible to be wacker and more poorly produced than DJ Rashad. It appears that I was wrong.
  • <3
  • https://soundcloud.com/wick-blaze/wick-blaze-anxiety
  • Earl has some serious production skills. Above and Beyond LP is solid throughout.

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