Listen to “The Halftime Show X Squeeze Radio Pumpkinhead Tribute 89.1 WNYU June”, the latest DJ mix released by DJ Eclipse on MixCloud. This mix is 02:43:04 mins long. If you dig this mix, then check out more of DJ Eclipse’s mixes his mixcloud page.
On Tuesday June 9th Robert Diaz aka Pumpkinhead (or PH) passed away. It was a shock for the whole NYC underground scene and I immediately knew I had to do some kind of tribute show. I took time to gather music (i.e. digitize, clean, edit, etc) and started to reach out to those that were closest to him and set a date for the show. The last Wednesday of the month is when I give my time slot to Sucio Smash so he can do his Squeeze Radio show. I told him we needed to do a joint show and pay our respects to PH to which he responded “let’s do it”. So Big Zoo and Sucio held down the mics while I rocked the tables. The actual music played ended up being minimal compared to what I prepared, but more importantly and enlightening were the stories from our guests Marco Polo, GMS, Blitzkrieg, Immortal Technique, PackFM, Tonedeff, Mr. Met, Mr. Mecc, Poison Pen, Keith WildChild, Nems, Claudia and Pumpkin’s wife Shawntay. For anyone interested in more information on PH….this show is for you.
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About DJ Eclipse
DJ Eclipse, renowned indie Hip Hop tastemaker, first gained national notoriety while djing for 3rd Bass front man MC Serch in the early 90’s. His reputation grew in the mid 90’s by filling in for Stretch Armstrong on his weekly 89.9 radio show on WKCR and then later for Mayhem on 89.1 WNYU. He joined Wild Pitch Records in ’94 and became the National Director of Retail Promotion until their closing in ’95. Then, DJ Jab, the owner of a small basement record store called Fat Beats, brought Eclipse in to help out on weekends. It wasn’t long before Fat Beats became a worldwide company with Eclipse overseeing all of their retail operations. Around this time, NY also saw the birth of Eclipse’s seminal crew Non Phixion, which played a pivotal role in the indie renaissance of the mid 90’s. During these years, Eclipse established himself as the “go to” DJ for all the local Hip Hop events at Wetlands, S.O.B.’s, Vinyl and most notably, Tramps. In ’97, after spinning at many of the “Break Beats” parties at The Point in the Bronx, Crazy Legs put Eclipse down with the legendary Rock Steady Crew as one of the RSC DJs. By 1998, Eclipse started The Halftime Radio Show with DJ Riz and Lynn Gonzalez. Later on he could still be heard on on 89.1 WNYU with DJ Skizz on Wednesday nights from 10:30 PM – 1:00 AM (EST). As a producer, some of Eclipse’s notable credits include remixes for O.C. (“Time’s Up” & “Born 2 Live”), Nas, N-Tyce, the Modern Jazz Quartet (Rebop-The Savoy Remixes), a couple party joints for AV8 & Nervous Records and the Fractured Breaks battle records series just to name a few. In addition to running the Fat Beats NY store, operating Uncle Howie Records with partner ILL BILL and touring with La Coka Nostra, Eclipse joined DJ Premier on his “Live From HeadQCourterz” radio show as a “relief” DJ when Primo is on tour. The show aired on Sirius Satellite Radio on channel 40 Friday nights from midnight to 2 AM (EST).
Now he flexes on Rap Is Outta Control on (SiriusXM). Rap Is Outta Control is a weekly mix show hosted by DJ Eclipse and DJ Riz. The Sirius XM show airs every Sunday evening from 10pm-12am EST on Shade 45.
Rest In Paradise – he used to do some dope shit on SnB with Poops early…good freestyler…that beat on the SnB segment @ + 1h38mins is ill…”how you gonna tell me I’m not Hip-Hop and you don’t know who Kool Herc is”
God bless the dead. Rest in peace Mr.Diaz!!
REST IN PEACE. GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY