Cracking The Glass Ceiling: DJ Perly Is The 1st Woman to Win The DMC National DJ Battle
#DXCLUSIVE: The record of turntablist remember the collapse of the earth, the moment his name was announced.
The City of new York, NY – History was made on Saturday (August 5) when DJ Perly became the first woman to win the DMC US Finals, the DJ annual battle that pits the best of the best turntablists against each other in a brutal competition.
Held at The Highline Ballroom in New York, the event was organized by D. I. T. C's Lord Finesse, and told with a rare DJ set of the remaining members of the X-Ecutioners — Mista Sinista, DJ Rob Swift, DJ Precision and Total Eclipse. According to Swift, the late Roc Raida and fellow X-Ecutioner was there in spirit. "He always is," Swift tells HipHopDX.
DJ Perly, born in the Bronx, and the puerto Rican-Russian-American, I was struggling against peers of the regional DMC champion as Mora and Schmeeze. The moment she entered the place, she knew that she was going to be an amazing experience, but she could have never predicted the result.
"That night, I instantly felt the high energy of the emotion," Perly explained to DX. "I knew that was going to be a very good battle. You're not sure how the night would end, but this was going to be a good night. I'm not going to lie, the night went pretty fast for the time when I could not believe that the X-Ecutioners is displayed and Lord Finesse was about to announce the Top 3. When I heard my name, as the united states champ, I was surprised and overwhelmed with joy. I was so overwhelmed I kinda lost feeling in my legs and I fell to the ground [laughs]. That moment truly felt magical and rewarding that the hard work was paying off."
In addition to winning a Rane 72 mixer, a new model that was presented that night, she also won a trip to London, where she will compete for the title of DMC World Champion.
"It is an honor to go to London to the battle and the representative of the united states, but I'm not thinking about the pressure," she says. "I'm just thinking in the practice, doing my best and going for the gold. No matter what, there will always be some k