New York City’s best DJs came from behind the turntables this past Saturday to show off their skills on the Dyckman blacktop.
In front of packed bleachers filled with fans neighborhood fans and the music industry’s elite, Team Hard 2 Guard, with a score of 82 over 78, defeated Team AKOO in the 1st Annual AKOO Summer Classic “Battle of the DJs” basketball game at Dyckman Park. Game highlights include Rapper Jim Jones surprising fans when he took to the court to play for ‘Team Hard 2 Guard’ and Queen’s own DJ Superstar Jay winning game MVP.
During the event, fans were treated to an old school mix battle at half court—DJ vs. DJ on the turntables. DJs N.O.E., Tiny Tim, Big Jeff and DMan went turntable-to-turntable in a pre-game round to determine which two would perform during half time. Advancing to the final battle with judges DJ Bobby Trends, Sway, Rich Nice and Steph Lova critiquing their two-minute mixes, DJ DMan took down DJ N.O.E.
The 1st Annual AKOO Summer Classic was in partnership with The Dyckman Basketball Tournament, and presented by Hard 2 Guard Productions, celebrated Dyckman’s 25th Anniversary. Sponsors for the festivities included: IceBerg Guards, A List Transportation, Ciroc, Dusse , Icelandic Water,Mountain Dew and Gatorade.
Boriqua Jimmy and Henroc
Sway, Rich Nice, Russ Jones and Damayor DJ
Antwan “Antifreeze” Dobie
DJ C. Devone
DJ Johnny Han$um
DJ Sneaker Sensai
Dj Tali Gore
Adrian “A Butta” Walton
DJ Superstar Jay
DJ Ted Smooth
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PHOTO CREDIT: Jon Lopez Photography