BEST HIP-HOP DJ (2002)

Andrew Broder

While it may have been more predictable to let DJ Abilities (the turntable phenom of Atmosphere fame) rule this category, Andrew Broder (a.k.a. DJ Andrew, a.k.a. Fog) stakes a strong claim to the title this year. Broder's signing to influential Ninja Tune Records--also home to mind-blowing turntablists Coldcut, as well as DJ Food, and Mr. Scruff--caps off years of creativity on the local scene. The 23-year-old St. Louis Park native took to the tables (and to the streets with spray paint) when he was 15 years old. He's since developed a "bipolar guitar/turntable fixation," which he demonstrates with the local band, Lateduster, as well as in his one-man outfit, Fog. Unlike many other DJs obsessed with their "hip-hop" image, Broder prefers to wear jeans, and a net cap atop his head. He pushes the envelope musically, too. For example, his song "Check Fraud" starts with Broder on guitar, then features him scratching over that sound with a Japanese flute. "I am no longer interested in fulfilling the hip-hop quota when it comes to playing turntables," Broder told an interviewer on the Ninja Tune Web site. "Cutting up the word Fresh didn't seem right for a song about the guilt and shame of being wealthy." It is for this discriminating taste that Broder will continue to quietly rise up--kind of like a Fog.

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