A-Trak's rise is a revenge of the rap nerds. The DJ announced his talents to the world by winning the coveted DMC mixing championships aged just 15; his almost scientific turntable trickery inspired dumbfounded gasps from appreciative underground hip-hop heads. But it was Kanye West's decision to pick him as his touring DJ in 2004 that elevated A-Trak from the realm of the scratch geeks to the high-profile party circuit. Teaming up to record with dance icon Armand Van Helden (as Duck Sauce) and facilitating a stream of hip-rap releases through his Fool's Gold label has cemented the Canadian native's status as that rare gem: a DJ who combines unbeatable technical skill with the funky intuition to rock a crowd.
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