Stop All That Hollerin

by J. McBride for

This is a personal pet peeve of mine. I absolutely hate it when DJs scream over tracks on mixtapes. When I listen to a song, I want to hear the beat and the vocalist’s lyrics as they are intended to be heard without having either of those things drowned out every few seconds by some DJ screaming their name, some sort of non-sequitur or playing a lame sound effect over the track.

It all started when I was much younger, barely out of middle school and I was listening to a song with some of my friends and heard “DJ Clue” echoing over the beat. The first time I heard it, it was jarring and annoying but I thought it would be a one-time thing that wouldn’t crop up again during the song. Boy was I wrong. From then on, I’ve deeply despised DJs who scream over the tracks they’ve produced.


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