Interviews

Head Spins: DJ Lennox

DJ Lennox is no fool when it comes to the vagaries of the marketplace. He's not about to lose a gig because some wannabe club king has something vague in his skull. "I don't want to be labeled," Lennox says. "I can play anything."

He's right; he can kick it in any school. But his specialty, he says, is hip-hop: "That's my foundation."

Indeed, when you hear the cat dropping the top in hip-hop, of both then and now, you kind of hope he never lets go of that game.

Born in Brooklyn, the birth borough of such heavyweights as GZA, Jay-Z, and Biggie (whom Lennox still spins to infinity), the head spinner hit South Florida 15 years ago. The first stop was Lauderdale, where he spent a decade in residence at Voodoo Lounge, and then there was Palm Beach County, where he's held court in any joint with two turntables and a crowd.

Along the way, there have been spins in Paris, Vegas, L.A., New York, and the ATL in addition to a full-blown North American tour with Mims. Now, this skills-soaked head spinner resides at Legacy, in West Palm Beach, on Thursdays, and at 90° in Miami on Saturdays. And he's also a full-time mixer on X 102.3 (WMBX-FM), a CBS affiliate out of West Palm. Still, he also often finds time to hit Lauderdale's Living Room, just so folks in Broward County don't feel left out.

Citing legendary DJs Tony Touch, Spinbad, Doo-Wop, and the Green Lantern among his many influences and steeped in the tradition of the streets, DJ Lennox might have an open mind, but his heart belongs strictly to hip-hop. Hit it.

DJ Lennox's current top five:

1. "Day 'n' Nite," Kid Cudi

2. "I'm the Shit," DJ Class featuring Lil Jon

3. "No Games," Serani

4. "Jumpin' Out the Window," Ron Browz

5. "Diva," Beyoncé

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John Hood