If the first thing you know about Craze is that he’s the only solo DJ to win the DMC World Championships 3 times over, prepare to get yourself schooled. From day one, every uphill battle that Craze faced was met with intense adversity; every kick while he was down only served to help him rise up even stronger. You want proof? Fine.
His family fled Nicaragua for the US when he was 3 in the midst of a civil war and suffered through Hurricane Andrew in ’92. Craze was a total nerd through his teenage years. But while others would chalk this up to a lifetime of hurt, Craze let it fuels his passion. By the age of 20, Craze had won his first DMC World Championship. Two more consecutive wins later, he was (and remains to this day) the only three-time winner of the world’s most respected international DJ competition, the DMC World Championship – earning the attention of Time Magazine who proclaimed him “America’s Best DJ.” From Jamaica to Australia, Japan to Nicaragua, Craze has toured the world over, stunning audiences and DJs alike with his top-notch showmanship and masterfully genre-bending sets.
One of those worldwide treks happened to be Kanye West’s 2008 Glow In The Dark Tour, where Craze accompanied West as his stage DJ across the globe. Always evolving, Craze founded Slow Roast Records with Kill The Noise, an imprint of the infamous Fool’s Gold Records (A-Trak, Kid Cudi, Danny Brown) in 2010. With two releases in 2012 – the Selekta EP and Deeper with Codes, he didn’t slow down and instead in April of 2015, released a 4 track EP with the title track called “Baby Gurl” featuring a young superstar on the rise named Troyboi. The EP also boasted a bonus track with Miami rap legend Trick Daddy called “Bow Down”. As if that wasn’t enough it was also the year, that he brought us one of the most prolific DJ routine videos to date: “New Slaves”.
With greatness at the forefront of all Craze does, in 2016 he started a DJ super group with Four Color Zack called 2¢ with the primary goal of creating and presenting the most exciting DJ show on the planet. Since then they have been taking their brand of witty wordplay and impeccable DJ skills to the masses through their mixtapes and live shows which can be summarized as a true tour de force.
This year has already seen the release of his EP entitled K.O.S. Knowledge of Self on Slow Roast Records and his Master Class routine video for Serato, “I Got The Juice” where he revealed not just his DJ skills, but his comedic chops, which begs the question, is there anything Craze can’t do? Always humble and putting the performance above all else, Craze has earned his place as an international ambassador of the art of real djing. So when someone asks you “Whatchu know about DJ Craze?”, feel free to let them know a thing or two.