Cassette Deck Scratch DJ: WTF?

Raise your hand if you remember cassette decks. We don’t, but we understand they existed before Serato, during the television era, in the days of wireless Marconi and the horse car.

DJ Ruthless Ramsey remembers the cassette deck. In fact, the Arizona DJ can tear ‘em up during his sets. We caught up with him and asked: WTF?

Hi Ruthless. We got turned on to your mad cassette skills, and it occurred to us, WTF?: I was inspired by my Uncle (DJ Lawrence Farah) at the age of 3, and by the time I was 7 I started to view the Old School Pioneers on TV, DJs such as Jam Master Jay, Grand Master Flash, and Mix Master Ice, which remains to be one of the most influential DJs in my career.

Cool, as a kid you’re into Old School, but this, like, WTF?: The thought occurred to me—well if you can mix with two turntables, why not mix with a double cassette player—if they’re mixed at the same time. The only thing is that this unit didn’t have a pitch control—which was kind of good because it keeps you from doing stupid mixes from odd BPM’s. I was 7 at the time and would listen to Phoenix area mix shows on the radio. I would record all the mix shows and go back the next morning and concentrate on blend mixing those same mixes on my cassette player. About a year later, I finally got a flange—from a tape player—in the same way that a DJ does it with two turntables. I later discovered that I could also scratch and beat juggle with cassette decks exactly like I would on two turntables. I had no idea at the time where that was going to lead.

So you’re scratching with these cassette decks, everyone else is using vinyl, so, like, WTF? Cassette decks clearly give me the advantage because, no one else is doing it. Most importantly, I can perform on any DJ equipment from the cassette decks to digital decks and anything in between. Having this knowledge and experience allows me to teach these skills to others.

When you’re loading in equipment, like, WTF?: Two Lenoxx Sound Dual Cassette Players, Pioneer DJM 909 professional mixer (2-channel battle board), Maxell or TDK cassette tapes, and American Audio surround sound headphones.

W(where) TF? I perform at various venues across the city with the Record Breaker DJs, such as, Throw Back Sundays & Supah Fly Saturdays at Fuegos in Avondale, AZ. I also perform with the Persuit Crew DJs bimonthly on Saturdays at AF Studios in Phoenix.

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Posted in Interviews | Tagged , , | 36 Comments
  • Felix

    YO! That can`t be real. If it is then that is the hottest $#!t possible. I have never seen him mix but if it really sounds cool, then that would be bananas! Is it a circus thing or can he rock a crowd? Does anyone have any proof of this dude? I would guess that he`s real if he`s on DJ TIMES. Never been to Arizona so never seen him spin. Does he mix outside of AZ? I`m from west Texas and would love to see him out here.

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  • Dj arsnl

    I have personally witnessed this it Is mindblowing! The skill is unmatched!

  • Big Ben

    Great write up.

  • DJ AKSHEN

    “That’s my man throwin down” Believe it….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=088AWsTtTFU

  • Drew

    I saw him do this like almost 10 years ago when I was a kid…. it is mindblowing

  • Tsitheshelltoed

    Ramsey holding it down. Good stuff . Persuit Crew all day!!!

  • hemikia

    He just did it in front of jazzy jeff after the redbull 3style here in scottsdale, he is sick with it. Absolutely unbelieveable

  • DJ SHY

    That is OFF THE HOOK!!!!

  • krystal Llerandez

    First off ya I can tell you he is real and a close friend! He is one of the best and blessed DJs I know! I have several of his mix tapes but only because I know him and I don’t think he sells them? But you can ask him yourself he has a myspace! Anyway to you Ruthless that’s cool its time you got recognition for this gift it is a true blessing and so are you!
    Krystal & Nem

  • Bryan Kilgore

    YO! This is real!! Truly a God given gift. Ramsey uses it to the fullest!! Keep reppin for the Son of man!

  • Tony from Az

    i had this foo as my friend in myspace for a really long time never seen him play in person but i have followed all his vids and stuff i know this guy is one of a kind, watch him make it to the top……….

  • dj chacarron

    this guy is the real deal … god gave him that talent …

  • A.G.E.

    Yo I got underground footage I’ll have to pull out. This cat is the real deal. Fo sho he can tear it up with beat mixin and everything in far between. I have had him at a show I did in Phoenix AZ tear it up. Holla.

    A.G.E. -Preachas in tha Hood

  • Sheila

    Yeah I went to high school with Ramsey and he is the real deal!!! It is still mind blowing now!!! He has always been a very humble DJ and has a gift, in my opinon, that hasn’t been recongnized like it should! I’m glad to see he has followed his love for music!!!

  • Pastor M.C.Soldier Phx,Az…

    This is D.J.Ruthless Pastor he has mad skills and loves God big time.he is the greatest d.j. i have ever scene and God is about to open up a window that no man can shut for Ramsey.I encourage you to buy all his mix tapes and to get out your note pad whenever he teaches you on the wheels of steel.His gift is not only in casseste decks its on ahny cd table record table and cassetes.When you can do all that then you have a remedy that no one can match..God bless you Ramsey keep putting the devil under your feet…

  • DR.ILL

    Iknew this man for a very long time and to see him go big inspires me big time. I dance and if he can make in this world of devilish thangz than so can i. thx ramsy for eveythang man we love you may god bless 10000000000000 abundantly…

  • Dj Two Drop

    He rips it on anything! mad probs ramsey keep it up

  • Bigfoot

    Amen. Dj Ramsey is using his skills like no other. The first time THat I saw him perform. He used the vinyl and saved the cassettes for last. He astonished me with the vinyl mixing, beat juggling and mash ups. Amazed, but when he brought out the cassettes, I had no more left to say but Oh my gosh. Besides having these skills, he’s a great man of God and an awesome friend that represents the lord. So he comes from the background of music with dance, hiphop, salsa, etc. but his role for the lord is never left out wherever he goes.

  • drewzie

    he gets respect left/right/up/down and centre! straight up! bigz upz from toronto! keep doin yo thang!

  • Roma

    I had the priviledge of having this talented man work his magic at my Bday Bash a few years ago, and my friends and fam, have never forgot it. Thank DJ, go DJ yea that’s my DJ. :)

  • DJ Tranzo

    See ruthless ramsey in action here. recorded earlier this year at Fuegos in Tolleson AZ.
    Big up to all the Record Breaker DJ’s for reppin with my boy “Ruthless Ramsey”
    -DJ Tranzo-
    Krrown Entertainment

    Link
    http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/1762607

  • DJ Tranzo

    First he rocks the tables then the tape decks!!!

  • DJ Ascension

    The Technicality of mixing with tape decks is unimaginable to all these modern digital DJ’s and Ruthless Ramsey not only performs, but perfects! mad props

  • DJ Trademark

    There’s nobody like Ruthless Ramsey! I have the pleasure to have this blessed man in my life as a counterpart, colleague and friend. BOOK HIM!!!

  • ALTHEA FIGUEROA

    Every time I come to djtimes.com there is another fascinating article up. A friend of mine was talking to me about this topic several weeks ago. I think I’ll e-mail them the link here and see what they say.

  • http://djskribe.com DJ SKRIBE

    Ive known him for years, & he can rock ANY event you put in front of him!!! He is extremely DOPE on tape decks, & on the turntables……

  • DJ FatMackin-RecordBreakerDJs-(N.Carolina)

    This guy is wild style… Fellow crew member and a solid professional!! Glad to be a witness to hid God given talents..

    Salute

  • stacy

    Thats my cousin and have seen him in action and is awesome and talented. You are truely blessed. LOve ya man.

  • db

    I HAVE seen it with my own eyes, i have posted a youtube vid of him doing it, its authentic and mind-blowing time and time again. Ingenuity at its finest.

  • DJ Spiderman

    I saw Ruthless wreck shop live and was Amazed!!!!

  • http://www.hiphoplives.net IGI B.

    This man is a genius! That is exactly what other Pioneers like Grandmaster Flash did… taking something and turning it into an instrument – MINDBLOWING!
    much love and respect from Switzerland

  • DJ Ascension

    Amazing technical execution of all things possible on turntables, done on Cassette! Ruthless Ramsey is an honor to work with and to learn from in the worlds first college accredited Turntablism class at Scottsdale Community College!! LEGIT!!!! BOOK HIM!!!

  • STICK MAN OF FOOTKLAN

    I JUST MET THIS GUY LAST YEAR AT THE TAKEOVER ON MILL IN TEMPE, AZ. FOOTKLAN HAD AN EVENT AND HE WAS ONE OF THE DJS THERE. WEN HE GOT ON THEM DECKS IT WAS GAME OVER. WE COULD NOT STOP DANCIN TO HIS MIXES AND IT ALL CAME TOGETHER FROM THERE. HE’S AN AWESOME ADDITION TO THE CREW AND NONE OF US HAVE ANY OBJECTIONS OR COMPLAINTS WEN HE MAKES THE BEAT HAPPEN. RUTHLESS RAMSEY WIT FK ALL DAY EVERYDAY. BIG CONTRIBUTOR TO H.I.P.H.O.P. (HIGHER INNER PEACE HELPING OTHER PEOPLE)!!!!!!!

  • Rob Wegner

    Ramsey is not only a great DJ, but he is also a top-notch DJ instructor at Scottsdale Community College. We are fortunate to have him in Arizona.

  • dj.Babel

    I seen this first hand its 100% real, and legit. If you have never seen the tape deck king get down you need to!