Just over 30 years ago, Grand Mixer D.ST (now DXT) changed the world for many little boys and girls on Herbie Hancock’s gold-selling single, “Rockit.” The way Miles seduced the horn and the way Jimi Hendrix massaged the electric guitar strings, the turntable had a new, youth-engaged purpose, and it sounded amazing. Later in the decade of the ‘80s, along with the late, great Jam Master Jay, DJ Hurricane, devastating Prince Paul and others, Terminator X was the face of cool to anybody fascinated with advanced equipment, sound selections, and organized, jarring scratch-euphony.
As a member of Public Enemy, Terminator X was highly recognizable. He looked like he cut: futuristic, uncompromising, and downright menacing. However, behind the shades and away from the headphones, the man born Norman Rogers was a student of Hip-Hop’s original superstar: the DJ. Coming up in the infancy of New York City Hip-Hop, X applied his vast knowledge and interest of music across genre into orchestrating a sound like no other. When he came across a young Chuck D, Flava Flav, and Shocklee Brothers, Terminator’s forward-reaching approaching to mixing and scratching made him the perfect complement to a group looking to present a complete package on records, stages, and videos that defined Hip-Hop’s golden-era.
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