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Chicago pays tribute to Dj Timbuck2 

On December 19th we lost a true legend. Timothy Francis Jones, known as DJ Timbuck2 passed away from stage four renal cancer at the age of 34. The day he passed I wrote this:

The impact DJ Timbuck2 had on not only Chicago, but the worlds hiphop culture will be remembered & carried through his loved ones. 
I remember when I first met Tim. I was 21 and walked past him in the hall at Shrine and thought he was so fine lol. Then I heard his Dj set & was blown away. So I started following him wherever he spun. Timbuck2uesdays became my home, one of the first places in the city I really felt accepted. I used to get in trouble when I was bartending at Shrine cuz I’d say I was in the bathroom but I’d actually sit up in the booth & watch Tim work lol. Timbuck2 made me curious about music history and was just a good guy who made me proud to be from Chicago. After dealing with my uncle passing from MS I know how hard terminal illness can be & I’m glad he isn’t suffering anymore. 

Thank you for all you gave us Tim

Last Tuesday the city came out to Beauty Bar to show their respect. The bar was at capacity by 11:30 with people hugging, drinking, crying and dancing while remembering Timbuck2. Tonight there will be a special event at the Metro to benefit Tim’s family and spread cancer awareness. “The event will include a silent auction, tributes from some of the best battle dj’s and a special Go-ILL segment with local artists” says Timbuck2’s friend and protégé Boi Jeanius.
There isn’t anywhere you need to be tonight in Chicago besides the Metro. Trust me.
If you can’t go but want to donate to Tim’s family please click here 
  

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Dj spotlight of the month: Dj Boi Jeanius

This month I bring you Boi Jeanius. His passion for djing and his keen sense of all things music make him a standout not only in Chicago, but all over the U.S. 

  
Boi Jeanius was given his name when he was 15 by an early mentor. Boi Jeanius would go clean his mentors studio and in exchange he would show him some of the basics of djing. 
“I went home and asked my mom what she thought. She said “genius? It sounds too cocky. You have to be the best if that’s what you’re going to call yourself.” So I decided right then and there what I wanted to do”.

And that’s what he’s done. Boi Jeanius is recognized as one of the most talented dj’s in Chicago. His skill brought him to the finals of the RedBull 3style Dj competition the past two years in a row. 

“I try to incorporate the art form as much as I can. Creating on the fly is what I live off of.” 

In addition to being an amazing Dj Boi Jeanius is also an instructor at Scratch Academy on the north side of Chicago and in his spare time he builds custom dj desks with his father (@liboriodesk). His influences include A-track, Jazzy Jeff, Craze and Chicago’s own Timbuck2. When asked about Timbuck2 he says, “it’s kinda crazy how much influence one man has on an entire scene. I don’t always know how to show my gratitude and appreciation but I try to reflect his teachings in my accomplishments.” 

  
Follow him on social media @boijeanius 

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Feature: Dj spotlight of the month: Dj BMan

One of the most eccentric people I’ve ever met also happens to be one of the most underrated dj’s in Chicago. Dj BMan is good, no scratch that, he’s freakin amazing which is why I picked him for the Dj of the month.

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When asked about what made him want to become a Dj he refers to his uncle.
“When I was a kid, he had all Dj equipment in his room and I would go over there and be fascinated at how he could make two songs sound like one”.
His uncle taught him well; BMan is one of the best at blending songs. His sets are cohesive, there aren’t any awkward song changed or confusing mashups. BMan is a playful person which comes out when he works. He’s awesome at interacting with the crowd and keeps the party moving. One of the great things about him is his music knowledge. From gospel to pop to Brazilian, BMan listens to it all. His knowledge comes from experience, he’s been djing for a long time and so I was curious as to how he feels music has changed over the years.
“It’s a never ending circle” says BMan, “you still have your main genres, the only deference is now music production is available to almost anyone with a simple download. What once involved studio equipment can all be done on a laptop. Each genre evolves with the generation. Same messages just different ways of delivering them”.

Check out Dj BMan on these social media platforms!
Twitter @deejaybman
Facebook djbmaN
YouTube djbman81

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Feature: Dj spotlight of the month: Dj Protege

Working in the nightclub industry you meet a lot of interesting people but none quite like Charles Protege. Diverse dj, loving father and comedian; Protege is the perfect person to kick off my dj of the month series.

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I first encountered Protege during his residency at The Shrine last year. What made me pay attention to him was how his sets were diverse but kept the crowd moving.
“As the dj it’s my job to make you dance but also coach you” says Protege. He makes a conscious effort to educate people on different musical genres. He also boasts being “one of the first black dj’s to play pop for an urban club”.

Born and raised in Chicago, Protege was inspired by house music. To this day he still remembers the moment when he wanted to start spinning.
“I was at a BBQ one day and Dj Boolumaster was on the radio. People didn’t stop dancing for an hour. Right then I decided to wanted to make people dance”.
Some Chicago artist Protege listens to now include Chance the Rapper, Rockie Fresh and Mic Terror. His all time favorite is Chicago legend Common.

A major part of Protege’s life is raising his daughter. Protege is a very involved father and when asked if he had any advice for other young fathers he cites karma as a factor in how he lives.
“Karma is generational”, says Protege, “I’ve stopped doing things that could come back to haunt my daughter. Treat the women you’re around as you’d want your daughter treated”.

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You can catch Dj Protege at Network Cyber Bar (810 N. Clark) on Sundays from 3pm-9pm and Tuesdays from 10pm-2am. Network is a beautiful lounge-style bar with great food and good drink specials. He’ll also be at the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas for Labor Day Weekend.
@CharlesProtege

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