Part of me always suspected a Baltimore club track would cross over to the mainstream at some point, but when I heard DJ Class‘ “I’m The Ish” on the urban station here in Tucson yesterday (a station about six or seven months behind most breaking records), I was surprised. When I saw the track had jumped to the 30th-most-played track on urban radio in just two weeks, I was shocked.
If you’ve ever heard Baltimore club spun by a DJ, odds are you’ve heard DJ Class, considering he and the legendary Scottie B were responsible for possibly the genre’s biggest club.
“Tear Da Club Up”:
Unfortunately, “Tear Da Club Up” is one of those tracks most people have as an unlabeled MP3 somewhere on their hard drive, so outside of Baltimore and the genre’s informed fans, it’s not like DJ Class received much recognition. Now that his record is being worked by Universal, however, the label is going to do whatever it takes to get DJ Class some fame, even if it means pairing the track with any rapper they could get into the studio.
DJ Class with Kanye West, “I’m The Ish (remix)”
DJ Class with Lil Jon, “I’m The Shit (remix)”
I don’t know if Jermaine’s recent employment issues allow him to tell people that he’s the shit, but then again, I’m probably not the arbiter of such things. Either way, at the rate that the song is being added at radio and the number of times the song has been played here, I look forward to that day in the near future when one of the kids in my son’s second-grade class informs me he’s the ish. Should be good times.
DJ Class [MySpace]