Lazy K - Female DJ
1//28/05 - LatinRapper.com exclusive interview
Beautiful, brash and
talented is the only way to describe DJ Lazy K. Born in
Mexico, Lazy K would find herself in Europe before winding
up in New York and falling in love with Hip Hop DJing.
There were constant obstacles in an occupation dominated
by men, but Lazy K persevered and made a name for herself
as a battle DJ and mixtape pioneer. Her hard work has paid
off in the form of being named best female mixtape DJ
through various awards, and is considered the best female
hip hop DJ in the world.
Lazy K took time out to speak with Latin Rapper about her
experiences, helping major rappers get known, and why its time
to be known in our exclusive interview.
LatinRapper.com: What are you working on right now?
Working on making beats, I work for a production company.
Artist development, and I stay in the clubs.
For being a known DJ you're pretty low profile. Does anyone
become surprised when they find out your ethnicity?
They think I'm Black but I'm not, I'm Mexican and French.
Yeah, they get surprised, they be more surprised when I DJ
though (laughs). A lot of times I [also] get "oh sh*t I didn't
know you was a girl", like out of state, or out of country.
Do you speak Spanish?
Yeah, and French.
Didn't you live in Spain?
Yeah, I was raised in Spain. I was born in Mexico, then I
moved to Spain. In Madrid, and then I moved to Geneva,
Switzerland for 2 years. Then from there I came over here when
I was 16, that's when I started DJing, and it's been good.
It's a lot of hard worked but I'm still trying to get on the
radio and get where people can see what I look like, and get a
lot more appreciation for what I do, so that's my next step:
get on the radio and TV.
Do you feel its important to rep your background in what
It's important for me because I feel like I opened the doors
for female DJs. When I started it was a very male area. Was a
lot of hard work to get played because I was Hispanic or
because I was a girl. I see more female DJs around, so its
good. I love hip hop, that's my main thing. But I also love my
Spanish music, I play reggaeton in clubs, I played Deep in New
York, I rocked it. Up in Patterson, New Jersey. I do some hip
hop, then reggae R&B, then reggaeton. I do the same thing with
the hip hop that I do with reggaeton. I produce too, I write
too, I write in Spanish so maybe hopefully I can do that.
That's a new door I'm trying to open now, Spanish market, I
gotta find a way to break that market.
I'm very positive, I'm very happy, I learned through the
years. I lived in jersey, I learned a lot but I'm still me and
I'm still trying to break out. I wanna do something good with
this music, I wanna make my goals. I'm very talented, not just
DJing, just gotta connect with the right people at the right
places. Get a radio job, somewhere they can hear me.
You won best female mixtape DJ in 2003, and many consider
you to be the best female DJ in the world. Is that a label
you're okay with?
I already am. I carry the torch. And I'm proud of me, I'm
proud of taking it there. I came from another country, another
language, I learned to grow and learned the culture here and
the language and also the music. I learned all of that, and
when I accomplished that, to me it was a dream come true. But
it's a goal I achieved, and now I have different goals. I
gotta let people not just hear the name but see the face, to
feel what I feel. And I feel like the music is good but also
changing, it needs something new, every generation comes with
a change. I feel like this is my generation, I gotta
accomplish something. Whether it's production or coming out
with a mixtape album or a TV show. Mixing cultures, I'm always
gonna love hip hop 'cause that's my heart, but there's a lot
of people in this world that loves this music and got
What is it that sets Lazy K apart from other DJs,
particularly female DJs?
I'm well packaged, I'm very marketable. I can be a model, I
know I'm different. First of all I'm the initiator. I set
things up. I seen a lot of females coming and going, I think I
pursue my job, I'm still doing it. The difference is, I'm
talented, I know my job real good, I can rock with any type of
crowd, I can come with one crate and then just adapt to the
crowd. I can adapt to Jamaicans, Japanese, Spanish, White, I
can adapt to where it doesn't matter the situation or the
place or the club. I'm a crowd pleaser, I rock the mic, I
talk. A lot of people stop and stare for a good five minutes,
then they're dancing. At the end of the night the ladies are
like, "damn we need more females like you, you know what to
play to keep me dancing all night". When I do a party, its
energy, like I charge myself. You know when you run on low
batteries, I do a party and the next day I feel good. I like
to make people dance, I like to make people feel happy. I
don't play what I wanna play, I follow the crowd. I can
probably do the parties in French, or in Spanish, you know.
Do you feel that as a female DJ that you should put out a
positive portrayal of women in hip hop?
Yeah, that's what I'm trying to do. That's why I'm with Murda
Mami Entertainment, I'm trying to make it happen. Do for each
other. Remy Martin, Rah Digga, Shawna from Disturbing The
Peace., I put on the other DJs like DJ Lady Tribe in L.A.,
Mami Chula from ATL, I show them love. Try to break that,
[because] New York DJs, female DJs, stick to themselves.
When did you first get into DJing and making tapes?
I started DJing in '91, and I first was aiming for the DJ
battles, competitions, so I learned how to battle other DJs. I
started doing tapes, the guys used to buy my tapes for $10. I
started making a living out of that. And then from there I
took them uptown, New York, I just put my number on a mixtape
and other people would call me to get my mixtapes. My tapes
started to get played, I was getting new artists. I was very
hardcore, I was harder than any other male mixtape DJ out
there. I used to play records, switch them fast, crash, blend,
mix, I was trying to be better than what they were so I could
get attention. And now, 12 years... 12 years...since I started
DJing, and I was doing mixtapes since '95, '96, that's like
nine years. And if I have to do it again, I'll do it all over
I copped my first Lazy K mixtape in ‘96, whats the
difference between what you're doing now and what you were
doing back then?
There is no difference. Maybe the selection of the music is
different, I was very hardcore back then, I'm not gonna say
mad... But it's been already nine years of the same old songs,
I have a 12 year old daughter so I'm trying to change the
records that I play. I'm trying to play more positive music
instead of hardcore music. I'm probably just better now.
There's a difference, before it was a tape, now it's a CD
(laughs), big difference.
How have mixtapes changed since that time, as far as sales
to helping artists become established?
Well, mixtapes definitely help the artist out, I find that you
create your own buzz. You gotta hot chance to get signed to a
label. But I think mixtapes are the future of an album now. I
see a lot of artists that don't need a DJ to put out a mixtape,
you just need a good set of Pro Tools, a good engineer. But
that's why I think its overcrowded right now. And it's a lot
of music that's no good, a lot of no-good mixtapes.
Kay Slay and Flex are household names in Hip Hop. When will
Lazy K reach that same level of hip hop status and mainstream
When I break commercial, when they put me on the radio, when
they put me on TV. And they scared of me, all the DJs I met in
the past, they friends with me, but they scared of me. Flex is
scared of me, all of them, the girls they scared of me 'cause
they know I'm talented.
Why would they be scared. Flex is already established, car
tours, shows, clubs.
Well, everything that new... It's a generation, like one day
someone's gonna take my place. Nothing lasts forever. He's
established, he's not gonna lose. And I love flex, but Flex
was one of the first that saw me come up. I'm watching the
competition on tape, Flex is nodding his head watching me. I
got love for the DJs, I love to be in competitions, keeps me
on my toes. Kayslay used to sell my tapes. He used to bootleg
my mixtapes and turn it into a CD mixtape. Green Lantern got
his style from me, from my intros. Female DJs got in front of
the turntable. 50 Cent, I put on 50 Cent, I put on Peedi
Crack, Joe Buddens, I put them into the game. Wu-Tang made me
hot 'cause in '96, '97 I had Wu-Tang exclusives, they helped
me get powerful in the mixtape game. A lot of rappers that
shined today, I put them on a mixtape, and another DJ sees
that and puts them on, next thing you know they get famous. A
lot of artists need to be thankful to the mixtape game, and
I'm thankful to the mixtape game because it let me eat. I was
able to pay my rent, feed my daughter.
And you said you produce, right?
Um hm. And I write, I write songs, I just don't know if I'm
gonna sing them or if someone else is gonna sing 'em (laughs).
'Cause that's a whole new field, I want people to see me.
Are you involved with any other professional activities
outside of doing mixtapes?
Nope, that's what I do. that's my whole job, to keep my name
alive, to work as a DJ in clubs, basically.
What can we expect from you in the future
To see me everywhere (laughs) 'cause I'm 'bout to break out of
this shell. Enough is enough.
Anything else you'd like to add?
I want a chance to do what I do best. Maybe a job, a real job
(laughs). What I do is already an under the table job, but a
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