A few nights ago, the 2nd annual Global Spin Awards took place at NY Times Center to great success. The awards show, which is set in place to honor all DJs for the contributions to the music industry, brought out a bevy of distinguished turn-tablists, from Pete Rock and DJ Premier, to A-Trak and even Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar, who also hit the studio with Q-Tip while he was in town. XXL was also in the building and while on the red carpet, the mag managed to weave through the crowd and catch up with Hip Hop vet Marley Marl to speak on the importance of the awards, and he also shared his opinions about Trinidad James’ New York comments and him receiving the honorary Legendary DJ Award. Peep below:
How does it feel to be honored with the Legendary DJ Award?
It feels great. I feel like it’s a long time coming, but it feels real great. I feel like once we start opening those doors, there’s going to be a lot of other artists and a lot of other people that’s gonna get that honor too. I just want to open the doors for the next person.
It’s the 2nd Annual Global Spin Awards. How important is this for hip-hop?
It’s very important. Big up to Shawn Prez and everybody that put it together. This is so needed for the DJs because you hear a lot of people say it, but it’s true. Without the DJ, a lot of this wouldn’t be what it is. A lot of props should go to the DJ.
Who are the DJs that you like right now?
Well, you know, I’m always on my radio game all the time. All the cats that always do all radio and keep the tradition of what we started. Me and Mr. Magic. A lot of people do the street mixtape thing. A lot of satellite things going on. I’m with traditional radio and the cats that keep that going. The Funk Flexs. I gotta give it up to the Mister Cees across the country. Even my boy Babu and them over on the West Coast. They do it. Even from West to East, just everybody that keeps the traditional radio game going, I just gotta give them props.
Trinidad Jame$ made a comment about Atlanta running New York hip-hop right now. Is it a true statement?
I feel like once it gets to the point where people start saying things like that. I mean, he wouldn’t say it if he didn’t think he could say it. And he wasn’t in the position to say it because there’s not a lot of creativity and a lot coming from New York right now. It’s just an opinion.