I've been into DJing for 20+ years. If someone said to me "I'm a DJ", if I asked "what sort of music do you play?" and they replied "hip-hop" my interest was piqued because I knew they'd be doing - or at least trying to do - something cool, rather than just basic blending from track to track.
Now, I know that there are still hip-hop DJs that are representing when it comes to skills - and there are folks on here that fit into that category - but overall, what the fuck has happened to hip-hop DJing? lol.
A hip-hop DJ, to me, is someone that mixes, can do some scratching, and can do some trick mixing and maybe a little bit of basic juggling. I'm not expecting people to cut like Qbert or juggle like Kentaro, but I would expect them to have some skills under their belt that separate them from the average "blend from track to track" Joe, or at least, that is their goal. It doesn't seem like that's the aim of new up and coming hip-hop DJs these days - in general I mean.
Does anyone here relate to what I'm saying? Or am I wrong and maybe I'm just not listening to the right DJs?