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These US turntablists, formerly known as the X-Men, officially became the X-ecutioners when they made the leap from battle-DJs to recording artists in their own right. Founded in 1989 with the stated intention of dethroning the reigning battle-DJs of the moment, Clark Kents Supermen, the crew saw several changes of membership between its inception and its debut to the general listening audience. The eventual line-up comprised Roc Raida (Anthony Williams, 17 May 1972), Total Eclipse (b. Keith Bailey, 26 January 1977), Mista Sinista (b. Joel Wright, 27 October 1970) and Rob Swift (b. Rob Aguilar, 14 May 1972), who collectively signed a contract with Asphodel Records that resulted in 1997s X-pressions.
These four New York natives can count themselves among a select handful of DJs (including their west coast peers the Invisibl Skratch Piklz) who spearheaded the turntablist movement, by taking the classic hip-hop techniques of mixing...