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DJ Lethal

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Leor Dimant (born December 18, 1972 in Riga, Latvia), better known as DJ Lethal, is a turntablist and producer. He is best known as a member of the band Limp Bizkit, and formerly a member of the Irish-American-influenced hip hop group House of Pain.

Currently, DJ Lethal is the main producer of hiphop supergroup La Coka Nostra, which includes his former House of Pain mates Everlast and Danny Boy, among others. The group’s debut album is expected to be released in 2007.

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Dimant (often written as «Dimant», although the correct form is «DiMant») was born in Riga, Latvia. His first contact with music was through his father, who, along with his friends, played guitar in a rock band.

In 1979, at the age of seven, Dimant and his family moved to Italy, where they remained for a year until they obtained a visa. They were then allowed to go to either Toronto, Los Angeles, or New York City. His parents chose New York. There, his father performed in various Russian clubs and restaurants mostly in Brighton Beach.

Dimant and his parents lived in Jersey City for a time, but moved to Los Angeles in 1987 when his father got a job at a new Russian restaurant there. His first introduction to hiphop was in Jersey City, when his school held a talent show with several students performing a rap song, and Dimant was amazed. Once he moved to Los Angeles, he quickly became interested in hip hop culture, including breakdancing and graffiti. Before learning to DJ, he actually started off as a beatboxer. He later practiced DJing using his friend’s turntables and mixer.

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