Salute to DJ Perly, the first female to win a DMC title. Boricuas, represent!
This year’s national champion goes by DJ Perly, and she represents Hip-Hop’s very birthplace. The Bronx, New York native outlasted dozens of other competitors at the competition hosted by D.I.T.C.’s Lord Finesse, besting runners up Dwells (also representing NYC) and Los Angeles’ Shmeeze. Upon winning, Perly could be seen proudly showing off a Puerto Rican flag, a symbol of her heritage. She was already the 2016 DMC NYC Regional Champ, also the first woman to hold that title.
As she explained to DX, it was a surreal moment, though she sensed that history would be on her side. “That night, I instantaneously felt the high energy of excitement. I knew it was going to be a really good battle. Not sure how the night would end, but it was going to be a good night.” She continued, “When I heard my name as the USA champ, I was surprised and just overwhelmed with joy. I was so overwhelmed I kinda lost feeling in my legs and dropped to the floor [laughs]. That moment truly felt magical and gratifying that hard work was paying off.”
Her achievement will fundamentally change the way little girls envision their futures behind the turntables. Rob Swift took to Facebook today (August 9) to post a message of encouragement, speaking to what Perly’s win means for Hip-Hop as a whole. “Many women have set out to win a world DMC title. Perly has gotten closer than all of them. I see cracks in the glass ceiling,” says the X-Excutioners member and celebrated DJ. That glass ceiling, Perly says, is nowhere near close to being shattered entirely. “From what I know and experienced in the past is that some people just don’t think that women can do what the guys can,” she says. “Some people just don’t want to see a woman kick ass and prove that women can do anything in this world. They’re just afraid.”
It’s a problem she says exists well beyond the confines of Hip-Hop, into all genres of music. “oSme men — not all — see women as weak and frail, but in fact, [we] are truly the strongest. Women go through a nine-month pregnancy, and give birth to the future and next generations of game changers. And think about it, child birth hurts like hell and we still kick ass. I applaud all those women who fight day in and day out to show and prove that this world is not a man’s world, and women can succeed in male-dominated fields. Women have the power and strength to move the world in a positive direction. We all have that power.”
DJ Rob Swift gives us a taste of a new juggle routine which he premiered at this year’s DMC Finals. Do.Not.Try.This.At.Home.Without.Proper.HipHop.Supervision…
Via Rob Swift…
I don’t share my knowledge of the history of Hip Hop to bring attention to myself. On the contrary, I do so to bring attention to the unsung pioneers of this culture. Those who fathered the very techniques DJs such as myself have gone on to making a living off. My peers and I owe them a debt of gratitude. For if not for them, we wouldn’t be paying our mortgages or putting food on the table.
Two weeks ago today, on September 30th, my New School students and I had the esteemed honor of breathing the same air as the inimitable GrandWizzard Theodore as he lectured us on the origins of Hip Hop DJing. Thanks to the good folk at The New School, BeeShine and Battle Sounds, I present to you our lecture with GW Theodore.
Check out this clip of DJ Rob Swift and Mista Sinista cuttin’ it up at this year’s Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, as well as Extra P and Psycho Les appearances. Please go and show your support for Rob Swift’s Kickstarter campaign for his upcoming project X Files: Lost And Deleted.
…cuttin’ it up at this years Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.