A Hot Ghetto Mess of Hip-Hop, Art, and B-Boys: The 10-Year Journey of The Blunt Club

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Blunt Club residents past and present: Tricky T (left) and Pickster One.

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Dumper: We've always had great DJs over the years. Tricky T, Element, DJ Daddy Rich from 3rd Base was a resident. And Hyder and Organic were in the mix for years.

Pickster: Each resident always brought something different to The Blunt Club. Hyder is the dude that always surprises you. You may think you'd know what to expect from him, and then he'd just pull something out of nowhere and you'd be like, "Where the fuck did you get this?" He was the dude who never played the typical hip-hop classics. He'd bring out some funk, old school stuff, or cater to the b-boys at any given time.

Dumper: Definitely Pickster brings a lot of variety of music to the table, but he's still playing stuff that's the core of our night. He can play from moombahton to reggae to dancehall to hip-hop to b-boy stuff to funk or whatever and mix it all together and it seems like the perfect ride. I can say, "Hey Pickster, we're gonna do an '80s thing tonight," and - boom - he's got it. Or a '90s night, or an all dancehall set, he can handle it. He's got tons of styles, but there's always something fluid to the whole thing.

Pickster: Element's probably one of the best scratch DJs in Arizona. Him and M2, those dudes are the cleanest scratchers around. I'm okay, but honestly, those dudes are way better. We had D-Styles, who's one of the best scratchers in the world, and he saw Element and was like "Woah!" And Tricky is one of my favorite to watch because he has these crazy transitional mixes and a real unorthodox way of mixing records. I don't know if he picked it up from [his mentor Z-Trip], but he's really clean. We were lucky to have Radar as a resident and he was awesome. He's always fun to play with.

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