At 31, "The Youngest DJ In the Midwest" is recognized as much from DJ booths in St. Louis clubs as BET's Rap City. DJ Tab is a music lover who can work any crowd. ""It's all about crowd control," he says. "If I want the people to dance, I play a dancing song. If I want the crowd to fight, I play a Lil...
At 31, "The Youngest DJ In the Midwest" is recognized as much from DJ booths in St. Louis clubs as BET's Rap City. DJ Tab is a music lover who can work any crowd. ""It's all about crowd control," he says. "If I want the people to dance, I play a dancing song. If I want the crowd to fight, I play a Lil Jon song." Whether he's spinning hip hop or techno, "I can do it all," he says with a laugh.
Tab's done it all in more than 15 mixtapes including the Grind-Up Radio series and Real Mixtape. "I worked hard on that mix tape!" he proclaims. But hard work has always been Tab's thing.
"I used to draw a turntable on my mom's hardwood floor with headphones on and act like I was scratching." His mother and late stepfather bought him real turntables, and the determined Tab taught himself how to scratch. "I used to wake up in the morning, practice before I would go to school, go home, finish my homework, and practice my turntables."
Tab made his name early on DJing at school dances and skating rinks, but his break came in 2004 when a childhood friend, J Kwon, brought Tab onto his team. when Tab first saw himself in the video for "Tipsy," then the #1 song in the country, while at a friend's house, he knew he was going to make it. "Yea, I've been DJing ever since after that."
Weeks after the Tipsy video, Tab dropped the southern hip hop compilation, Turntables Always Burning, featuring music from Lil Scrappy and Young Boyz. He is now working on more mixtapes, including the all south Exclusive Radio Mixtape, Confessions, an R&B mix featuring new music from Michael Jackson and Usher and the new mixtape with J Kwon entitled "Beatz By The Kwon." Tab will be helping J Kwon with the production of his new album that will be dropped under J Kwon's own label, Hood Hop Entertainment in 2008.
Tab and close friend running back Laurence Maroney of the New England Patriots plan to start a label together very soon. Tab is touring on his own and with three DJ crews, Bum Squad DJs, HittBreaka DJz, and Southern Style DJs with DJ Unk of the hit "Walk It Out." Tab heads the DJ coalition Assassin DJz, a group of 15 radio, mixtape, street, and tour DJs. He is enrolled at ITT Technical College, and with his non profit organization in the making, DJ Tab Towards Teenagers, helps young people do better in school and life.
Tab has worked with Universal/Motown and he is Geffen/Interscope artist Jibbs' personal DJ. The two are gearing up for a major tour with in August with Nelly, Usher, and R Kelly. Tab is also the official tour DJ for Atlanta artist Maceo, Louie V, Yo Gotti, Jibbs and Penelope Jones whom he credits with bringing him to Universal/Motown and J Kwon. Having so much and being so young, Tab has faced a lot of criticism, but he doesn't have a problem getting past it. "The haters make me want to keep pushing harder and become a big name DJ like a DJ Kid Capri or DJ Jazzy Jeff."
Tab has also linked up with Coca Cola to market and promote DJ Tab's new and improved energy drink, "Tab Energy" which will be in stores soon.
Tab knows he's on the path to success, and he's taking his time down that path while making big moves. "Don't ever try to rush anything because you're going to mess up," he says. He has too many fans to please to stand in his own way. Now at the end of 2011 and 2012 year just beginning Tab has gained his own endorsements from companies such as McDonalds, Imo's Pizza, and even becoming Black Label Clothing Company's official DJ. Tab is also the founder of hip hop street icon Yo Gotti's Cocaine Muzik DJz. DJ Tab currently has two hot singles buzzing the streets entitled "We Don't Luv 'Em" featuring Stuey Rock, Saint Orleans and Juney Boomdata and the second single entitled "Luv Wit 2" these two singles are also available on all mp3 websites such as iTunes and Amazon.
"I have a lot of faith," Tab says. "I never say 'I can't.'" At just 26, the only thing The Youngest DJ in the Midwest can't do is stop. There's a lot of hard work to be done.
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