I changed what I said to popular genre because I meant something other than popular scene.
On a side note, just because you're a bedroom DJ doesn't mean you aren't qualified to speak on a subject that involves your genre.
There's nothing wrong with playing popular rap music at a club, that's in the job description. Even if it's only mezo-pop rap with a cheesy vocal hook, you gotta please the ladies, and unfortunately a lot of the ladies that like to shake booty respond to familiar songs.
Re: 'What happened to the Hip Hop DJ?', I'd say there is a definite lack of new recruits. The trueschool DJs are all still holding it down, but where is the next well rounded Hip hop DJ? Seems like a lot of new HH DJs specialize in one skill vs the whole gamut. Maybe I'm sleeping on the next shit but it's not obvious.
and me for one pay homage to greater dj's producers that paved the way and came before me....now a days dudes play dubstep with no headphones..fist pumping on their controllers on virtual dj
I think maybe it might be a race thing. Back in the 70s & 80s most of the Disco DJs & Dance Club DJs were white & most were mainly just beat matching songs. And most of the Hip-Hop DJs & Rap DJs in the 70s & 80s were black.
In the 90s Rap & Hip-Hop became a lot more popular with white people. Now there's more white Hip-Hop DJs than black Hip-Hop DJs.
Or it might be that a lot of early Hip-Hop DJs saw DJing as a ticket to getting hired by some Rapper and becoming rich & famous. And now there are so many Hip-Hop DJs that the odds of that happing are so slim to none, that people aren't willing to put in the endless hours of training to learn turntablism.
"Tyrants say that if one is not guilty, then one should not fear their new police powers... Free citizens say that if suspects are guilty, then the government should not fear due process." ~ Jeffry R. Fisher
This part of your answer is only a smidgen less stupid than your race response. Gee, if only we had kids that could master their flares properly that would solve all the problems. Its the opposite of this. If anything, we got too many wannabes that practice only on turntableism and don't know jack about the music itself or how to mix it.that people aren't willing to put in the endless hours of training to learn turntablism.
I would also disagree with you, Windows 95. I don't see why race would have any relevance.
I'm sure the way hip-hop has changed is part of it, cos you can listen to entire hip-hop albums now without ever hearing a DJ cutting but if you go back a few years, MCs and groups usually always had their own DJ and so people that liked hip-hop got to hear scratching regularly and that would have enticed some of them to learn how to do it and they'd have used that in their mixes. The separation of the hip-hop DJ from the music has also led to DJs becoming really specialised, so you have guys that only use one deck and a mixer and just scratch really well, but don't do anything else, like rchecka implied.
It's just a shame to see the bar dropping really. Hopefully nobody took what I'm saying as a personal diss, cos like I said, there are still DJs that are putting in work and have skills - there just seems to be a greater proportion that are not doing that compared to how things used to be.