January 1, 1958
Do not let any record company disturb your creative flow. You are not writing for the record company. You're writing for the public.
All you have to know is mathematically how many times to scratch it and when to let it go - when certain things will enhance the record you're listening to.
But I had two very special people who helped to take my style to the next level. Thank God for my first MC Cowboy and my first student Grand Wizard Theodore, and to go out after creating this art form and finding everyone jamming to it - that too was pretty scary.
My father was my first inspiration. He had an incredible stereo and a turntable, and I was told not to touch it. But I'd go back and touch it anyway. I gained a respect for the turntables when I was a kid. When I was a teenager, I came up with a 'cueing system' to work the turntables because they didn't have it at that time.