DJ EMSKEE: I TRADE THE WORLD


First off, I hope Jared doesn’t mind that I’m reposting this; it was originally an email – about as close to blogging as Mr. Boxx gets. (I should note that Jared may very well be #1 on my life of “people who don’t have a blog but really should” but I’m not holding my breath this will ever come to pass). Jared – if you do mind, holler at me and this is ghost.


(The following was written by Jared Boxx)

    _I I_
    None of us will forget the day the Twin Towers fell, & the surreal days, weeks & months that followed in NYC. All of us have our own unique story to put in perspective, a difficult time, that has never really come to make any sense.

    One of the few things that made sense for me at that time, was a mix tape titled “I Trade The World” given to me from local friend/customer and talented DJ, Emskee. A DJ we look up to in New York, all the us that have had the chance to get to know & especially hear him mix.

    Emskee was generous with passing along cassettes of his mixes to me back then, & it was no surprise that Emskee had immediately, upon this horrible event taking place, just a small distance from his home in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, turn to his turntables to work the whole mess out.

    Emskee had his own unique history with the WTC, his frequent sets on WBAI’s “Underground Railroad” were widely transmitted around the tri-state with the needle atop the Towers.

    Upon their destruction, all radio stations suffered, due to signals being shortened from that irreplaceable reach of height.

    I had a feeling this mix was special even before I listened to it, and upon pressing play, to the sound of Bill Withers “Lovely Day.” I quickly understood we gotta keep pushin’ on & we gotta keep dancin’, that’s the only way for us to see better days.

    “I Trade The World” was a gift to me, and now a gift for you to download.

    A time capsule of sound, where you can faintly hear, someone trying to make sense of a senseless moment in time for this city.

    Given the tools of voices from the past, working through their own messed up moments in time, with music.

    I can imagine for Emskee, this mix was not an attempt at sanity through mixing, but a must.


    On this Friday September 11th in the basement of Q-Tip & Rich Medina’s “Open” party the Lost & Found crew have invited DJ Emskee to do what he does best, and show us the message in the music.

    This mix is something to get you ready, we all sincerely hope to can be apart of this special night.

    -Jbx & the Lost & Found crew.
    (Old Chris, Boogieman, Honeydripper & Mix Greens)
    Santos is located at 96 Lafayette Street right below Canal Street

    We will begin at 10pm, $15 cover.

    —–> DJ Emskee “I Trade The World”

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