Fans of the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff will have a chance to play his likeness in the follow-up to “Guitar Hero.” The Grammy award winning DJ has been added as a digital character in the new “DJ Hero” video game. The game, from Activision Publishing, Inc. allows players to scratch, blend and sample like some of the greats including Grandmaster Flash, DJ AM, DJ Z-Trip, DJ Shadow and the newly added, Jazzy Jeff. Jeff revealed his excitement for the project in a statement:
“I am very, very excited DJ culture is finally getting its due. To have a song in ‘DJ Hero’ is a dream come true; to be a character someone can pick up the controller and select you and play is probably the biggest thing to happen to me in my career. Music is so much a part of everyone’s life, ‘DJ Hero’ is going to appeal to almost everybody.”
The legend has two exclusive mixes that fans can master on the game. The first mix will include “Shout” from British band Tears For Fears and “Eric B. is President” by Eric B and Rakim. The second mix will be “Rock The Bells” by LL Cool J and “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra.
The game will be released this fall and available on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2 and Wii.
Jeff recently made headlines in June after concert officials cut his set short at a Bacardi B-Live Concert in the Power & Light District of Kansas City. Officials claimed that his sound levels were too high and were threatening to blow the speakers. Jeff claimed otherwise, and cited racism as the reason he was asked to leave.
“My road manager walked up to me and said they were having problems with the music I was playing. I played three more songs and he comes back. I knew something was wrong. They said I had to kick touring rapper Skillz off the stage, change the format of the music I was playing or quit. They said if I continued playing they had 30 cops ready to come escort me offstage. So I stopped.”
When Mad Skillz heard they were being kicked off stage, he apologized to the crowd saying:
“They don’t was us to play Hip-Hop y’all.”
The Power & Light District is often called “The Power & White District” by locals in the area. Officials still stick to their sound level story.