The faint horns, driving bass line, and melodious refrain echoing the words nothing anyone can say welcome the listener to the track “Nuthin.” An inviting and familiar instrumental atmosphere reminiscent of an old blues shack or juke joint is immediately established as DJ JS-1 drops the beat. A powerful team of heavy hitters featuring CL Smooth, Brother Ali, and Sadat X lend their indisputably recognizable vocals to the record. Somewhat of an anthem to the emcees that have survived the changes in the hip-hop industry, “Nuthin” renders the haters silent and commands respect from the industry. “What do you say to a man who been to hell and bac k/ escaped out of Satan’s hands with his head in tact/ made his own plans when there was no welcome mat / dog I’ll tell you what you tell him, you donâ€™t tell him jack.”
DJ JS-1 uses two major samples as the driving forces of the record. The first sample, “somebody say nothing!” is a scratch DJ JS-1 took from a KRS-One feature on a German record that was not released in the US. That sample merged with the sample “there’s nothing anyone can say” shapes the foundation of the record and gives DJ JS-1 the space to create yet another masterpiece. “Nuthin” is a banger off the new album â€œNO SELLOUTâ€(Ground Original 2), the second installment to DJ JS-1’s first album, Ground Original. â€œNO SELLOUTâ€ (Ground Original 2) is now available via Fat Beat Records.
As a member of the world famous Rock Steady Crew, partner of Rahzel (the world’s #1 beatboxer), and occasional tour DJ for KRS-One, DJ JS-1 has toured the planet with over 1,000 shows in more than 32 countries and hundreds of cities. During that time, the Queens, NY native has shared the stage with a wide variety of artists, including 50 Cent, RUN DMC, Maroon 5, Wu-Tang Clan, The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Talib Kweli, Redman & Method Man, Wyclef, OAR, Dashboard Confessional, Snoop Dogg, All American Rejects, Mike Patton, and many more. As a producer, JS’ list of accomplishments runs just as long, having worked with a number of artists, such as Common, Will Smith & Jazzy Jeff, Immortal Technique, Big Daddy Kane, Dilated Peoples, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, Pharoahe Monch, Brand Nubian, and Kool Keith just to name a few. For the past three years, JS-1 has stayed busy touring, producing, making high-profile TV appearances, and completing his new album. The result is an album will serve to make DJ JS-1 a household name for all within the hip-hop community.
For No Sell Out, an album recorded as an addendum to his previous solo effort Ground Original, JS-1 enlisted the help of an extensive and notable list of guest emcees, including KRS-One, Large Pro, Pharoahe Monch, Canibus, Sean Price, Blaq Poet, Killah Priest, Ill Bill, Kool Keith & Ced Gee (Ultramagnetic Mc’s), Aesop Rock, Vast Aire, Chino XL, Sadat X, AG, OC, Craig G, CL Smooth, Edo G, Prince Po, Akrobatik, J-Live, Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks, Rakaa of Dilated Peoples, Krondon, C Rayz Walz, Vast Aire, Nutrageous, Copywrite, PMD, Rahzel, EMC (Masta Ace, Strick, Wordsworth, Punchline), Termanology, Torae, Pumpkinhead, Jak D, Big Noyd, Q-Unique, Brother Ali, Slaine, Virtuoso, Pack FM, Supastition. Block McCloud, Trez, Rugged Intellect, and DJ Premier. No Sell Out is available in stores everywhere via Fat Beats Records.