3/26/07

This Is How It Should Be Done: DJ Clark Kent, In Control WBLS



The first dj I ever met (and when I say dj, I mean ANYONE who ever played two records through a mixer) was Clark Kent, who, for me, will go down as dj idol, mentor and real friend. I'll drop some Clark Kent anecdotes in a later post, but in the meantime, I just had to drop this show for you super listeners. The tape that this file comes from used to sound a whole lot better, but it got played to death. This is 1989 and Clark sounds divine on the cut. And it wouldn't be a Clark Kent tape without Wrecks-N-Effect in the mix (I still wonder what that was about...) In the late 80's and heading into the early 90's, it was abundantly clear to me that THE dj that really mattered was Clark, the only other dj to bring it on that level being Kid Capri. To this day, no night has ever come close to what would go down at Mars on Tuesday nights at a party called Trip, where Clark would guest dj frequently and would have a packed second floor in the meat-packing dirstrict comkpletely and utterly mesmerized. I'll get into that later. For the record, if you are not Clark Kent from Brooklyn, who used to dj for Dana Dane, and later Biggie and Jay-Z, 1. you can't use the name Clark Kent and 2. you must stop using the word "Super" in from of your name... Oh, look how bored Clark looks playing with CD-Js in this picture. Haa!

WBLS, In Control with Super DJ Clark Kent

12 comments:

illest said...

Dats the shit right there.

Anonymous said...

Yo Stretch! This blog is dope, awesome to hear the stuff from the archives. Keep doing what you do.

DBUKMK

omen said...

Hell yeah! Clark Kent came to town when I was living in Dallas, TX from 86 - 89. Some guys who would later become Nemesis (Snake, Big Al and Casanova Rock) were DJs on local radio and brought him in for a night. The first record he spun was Seeborn and Puma, then Kings of Pressure, then True Mathematics and it just got better from there. The first guy I heard rock doubles with true skill and a huge influence on DJs at the time. He gets more recognition from his producer skills these days but the man was swift on the wheels, no doubt!!

bedouin said...

Clark Kent was nicer on the wheels than most people 5-10 years later.

bedouin said...

BTW, these records in that era were just produced in a way so much friendlier to a DJ. These records just had energy in them . . . 110-115 BPM stuff. A person produced a record knowing a DJ like this would tear it up and make it sound even hotter . . . if you know what I mean.

Maybe you had to be a DJ. You couldn't recreate this sound with the records that came out later, and I'm not saying that as some kind of old dude remembering a time gone past.

straphanger said...

Im hummin on your hones!!

His doubles are so tight...Heatness.

What about his shoe thing, bust the facts on that when you break it down on Clark Kent.

Mike B said...

Amazing.

DJ Ev said...

Clark Kent is royalty among the realm of disc jockeys. I remember hearing this tape one time from Stretch, glad to see that he's posted it!

And yes, bedouin, the drums (particularly the snares) that were common amongst the up-tempos in that era were very inviting to cut on. The overall mix of the songs gave a lot more funky sounding cuts.

illest said...

That Pete Rock and CL joint Lethal Weapon is crazy exclusive. Who remembers that? And CL Strikes Back?!

Swann said...

Please for the love of G-O-D post more Clark Kent!

dj serv1 said...

clark kent,pete rock and kevy kev use to have me glued to my daddy's lil sony tape recorder on the weekends when marley was in control
...damn these kids made me wanna be a dj

AgentkoolMcCool said...

Clark Kent is deff both a lengend and Icon. Some of those records you mentioned made me reminisce. Its good to hear he's still active. Plus he also happens to be one of the celebrity judges for the Yaris dj vs dj battle, where the winner of the battle gets a guest one hr spot on their local radio one station. For more info on the contest check out http://www.yarisversusyaris.com/. I work for Yaris, thats how i know.