DJ of the Week: Marc Mendoza
O: Song, artist, or album that changed your life?
MM: Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. CLASSIC.
O: Currently, who gives the best live performance?
MM: I would have to say Common or the Roots. Right now, the way they incorporate their instrumentation wit' hip-hop is something that no one can else can do well. Some others I like have been the X-ecutioners and even Sonic Youth.
O: What's in your stereo now?
MM: Right now I've got Pharcyde's LabCabinCalifornia, Babu's Duck Season vol. 2, Aceyalone's Love and Hate and Outkast's new one in the rotation.
O: Who's the most underrated artist?
MM: I think Aceyalone is real underrated. People don't like west coast MCs as much. Also, turntablists are real underrated 'cause no one understands what they're doin', people jus' think they're playin' records when turntables can actually be used as an instrument.
O: What song are you embarrassed to admit you love?
MM: I'm not embarassed about any song I like. Music's music. It's all opinions anyways.
Mendoza's show, "Hip-Hop Junkie" is Friday nights, 10 p.m. to midnight.
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