Craze’s life is a legacy of rags to riches, geek to chic, no-name to world fame. He never had it easy – from fleeing battle in Nicaragua at the age of 3 to a geeky adolescence to Hurricane Andrew hitting Miami in 1992 – nor did have ever have any coattails to ride; his is a story that’s an uphill battle, but a story that ends right at the top. “My mom always taught me I could do anything I put my mind to. So when she asked what I wanted to do with my turntables, I told her, ‘Be the best DJ in the world,’” Craze casually laughs. And that he proved – 3 times at the DMC World Championships, an unprecedented record, and a title that no other solo DJ has yet to match. While Craze is regarded internationally and unquestionably as one of the best scratch DJs in the world, it’s still overwhelming to see all of his titles on paper: Craze has won first place for the USA DMC Championships (1998), World ITF Scratch Off Championships (1998), ITF Western Hemisphere Scratch Off Championships (1998, ’99), Winter Music Conference Scratch Off Champion (1996, '97, '98, '99), East Coast DMC Championships (1997), East Coast Rap Sheet Championships (1996) and Zulu National Championships (1995, '96), to name but a few (phew...catch your breath).
Craze also claimed 2nd place in the first DMC Team Championship with his Allies’ crew (which included fellow champions A-Trak and Infamous) in 1999 – and then in 2000, the Allies’ won the Team Championship title, taking it from the previous year’s winners the Scratch Perverts. “I won the DMC’s when I was 20. I joined the Regionals, won that, Nationals, won that, and then won the Worlds. And I took it from A-Trak – that’s right! But he was only like 15 when I beat him. I was still scared! Then in that year, in ’98 when I beat A-Trak in the Worlds, I didn’t wanna battle no more and I thought he’d be the icing on the cake, so instead we formed the Allies and we kicked everybody’s butt," Craze chuckles. "Except the Perverts - they beat us once in the US, but then we came over here to London and we kicked their butt. So hey, payback’s a bitch, Tony!”Want to see Craze come up against his old buddies, the Scratch Perverts, in London once again? The wait's up, y'all - he'll be bringing the Miami vibes to FABRICLIVE this Friday, joining the Perverts for the launch of their slamming 'Beatdown' compilation.
But you can get a little taste of what’s to come - rock out with your socks out to a free mix that you can grab from Craze's website...