DJ Tee Reckz - conducted by Bill "Low Key" Heinzelman
DJ Tee Reckz
Tee Reckz is an up and coming DJ hailing from the lone star state. MVRemix.com feels he has the potential to make big moves in the Hip Hop industry.
MVRemix: Where were you born and raised? What was it like growing up there over the years?
Reckz: I was born in Birmingham, Alabama. It was straight over there, so much has changed since I moved. Back then gangs really started popping off, and the crack game was at an all time high. Not to mention you really had to pay attention to what hood you was in, cause you were likely to get jacked for shoes, clothes, money, anything you had.
MVRemix: What is your first memory of Hip Hop?
Reckz: My first memory of hip-hop is listening to Run DMC, Doug E Fresh, LL Cool J, Grandmaster Flash and Furious Five, Melle Mel, BDP. I remember going to the Fresh Fest Tour back in 83.
MVRemix: What was that one album you always listened to as a kid?
Reckz: Ah man, I spent a lot of time making tapes off the radio but, I would have to say Run DMC’s “Raising Hell”, and Heavy D & The Boyz “Big Tyme”.
MVRemix: How did you first get into DJing?
Reckz: I was really into rapping for the longest time, I say around 97-98 when I was at my boys crib doing a freestyle for one of his mixtapes, I started messing around wotj his turntables and I just fell in love with them. But it wasn’t until 99-00 I really started taking it seriously.
MVRemix: How much time do you spend practicing?
Reckz: When I first started I would practice 4-5-6 hours a day, but now I put in about 2 hours a day.
MVRemix: What has been the toughest thing for you to learn?
Reckz: The toughest thing I’ve had to learn was patience, it took a while but I had to realize shit’s not always going to go my way.
MVRemix: Have you ever been so frustrated that you wanted to quit?
Reckz: I’m not going to say quit, but I’ll say to a long hiatus. It was this one club I was DJing at in Korea, all they wanted to hear for 6-7 hours straight was Down South music and would get mad as hell if you switched it up. I DJ'd there for about 6 months the pay was good but I couldn’t really enjoy myself.
MVRemix: What do you think about the current state of the mixtape game? Is it oversaturated?
Reckz: Man the mixtape game is where it’s at right now, but I think it’s way to my people who claim that they’re dj’s. You are not a dj if you download 16-18 “exclusives” scream over them and put out a CD. You’re a fucking jukebox, not a dj. If you’re a wannabe, please learn the art form first.
MVRemix: How is the Hip Hop and mixtape scene in Texas?
Reckz: It’s really jumping off right now, Mike Jones, Chamillionaire, Slim Thug, Lil Flip, and I can’t forget about my boy Big Sid. The mixtape scene is really blasting off right, they see how you can possibly get a deal off a mixtape so everybody and they mama, cousin, and next door neighbor is dropping a mixtape.
MVRemix: Do you have a main career goal you are shooting for?
Reckz: Yeah, just being one of the best/greatest DJ's ever, and holding down my Playaz Choice family.
MVRemix: Are you currently in the Air Force? Tell us about that? Your experiences so far? Why you joined?
Reckz: Yep, I’m in the Air Force, it’s cool I work in the hospital. It’s gave me the chance to travel, I lived in Korea for a year, and Japan for three years. A lot of people ask me why did I join the military, believe it or not, “I don’t know”. I guess I got tired of the life I was living and where it was going I needed something stable. You can only have so many close calls before it catches up with you.
MVRemix: Why the name DJ Tee Reckz?
Reckz: I used to go by the name DJ Tigga (since it was so close to my last name), but that name was already used by of course Big Tigger from Rap City. I remember I was at home talking to my wife and I was like I got to find me another name. My nickname is Tee, and Jurassic Park (one of my favorite movies) was on television, she was like why don’t you go by Tee Reckz. I thought for a second, I was like hell yeah, that’s dope. Cause the correlation between that dinosaur and me is that we’re both ferocious as hell.
MVRemix: Who are some of your favorite DJ's?
Reckz: Jam Master Jay (RIP), Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock, Green Lantern, DJ Clue, DJ Envy, Dirty Harry, DJ Vlad, Red Alert, Kid Capri, Doo Wop, Tony Touch, Kay Slay, DJ Screw (RIP), Grandmaster Flash.
MVRemix: You DJ for an up and coming emcee out of Texas - Big Sid. Tell us about him? How did you guys hook up? Where do you see him going in the future?
Reckz: First off, we’re both in the military, and when I got to Texas he was one of the first people I met. We started talking about music, and just clicked. He told me about what he had jumping off and asked me if I wanted to be his official DJ, and the rest is history. I see Big Sid/ Playaz Choice doing real big things, he’s in the 16 bars competition in New York on Jun 20th at the Hammerstein Ball Room on In Demand Paperview, if you in the NYC area go check it out. Please be sure to got to www.16bars.com and register so you can vote and help my boy out.
MVRemix: What else do you have planned for the future?
Reckz: I eventually want to get into producing, but right now I’m having fun dropping monthly mixtapes so be sure to check local bodega to pick up one.
MVRemix: Any last words, shout outs, or plugs?
Reckz: First off I want to thank Low Key for allowing me to do this interview, and I want to shout out my whole Playaz Choice fam, Big Sid, Sean Rasul (album in stores), AO, Anna Lisa, Dru, DJ Sexy Lex, & Le’Mello. Also my Home Team fam, Mike Jeezy, Mp3, Bodymore Son, T Nasty, C Bo. Can’t forget my wifey and seeds for constantly supporting me. Don’t forget to log onto www.16bars.com and support my nigga Big Sid. Any aspiring emcees, independent/major labels, anybody who just want to holla you can catch me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 325-212-5551.
Keep looking for those monthly mixtapes, and thanks for all your support. One.