Drop The Beat! The Best Celebrity DJs
It used to be that DJing was an art form and respected as one of the pillars of hip-hop. But with the advances in modern technology, the digital revolution has made it easier for a lot of people to be their own DJ. These celebrities have tried their hands behind the one’s and two’s, even if it was just for one night.
Paris Hilton wears many hats. The former hard-partying socialite is now a businesswoman and has amassed a reported $400 million fortune with a chain of her own stores that sells perfumes, handbags, watches and footwear. And when she’s not in the boardroom or traveling overseas to visit her hotels, Hilton rocks the crowd at night as a DJ. She takes her music very seriously and was named Woman’s Newcomer of the Year at the NRJ DJ Awards. However, her presence in the booth has upset other DJs including EDM DJ Deadmau5 who called Hilton a phony artist.
Solange Knowles has always danced to the beat of her own drum. And for the past several years she’s been moonlighting as a DJ making the crowd dance to the tunes that she spins. Solange has dj’d a party at the Ferragamo store on Fifth Avenue as well as taking over the booth at Brooklyn Bowl. Some of her other notable gigs include the Lincoln Superlounge at the Essence Music Festival and TAO Beach in Las Vegas.
Lindsay Lohan definitely knows a thing or two about partying and enjoying the nightlife so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that she’s also tried her hand at DJ’ing. Lohan, who lived in the clubs for a good portion of her career, was no stranger to getting behind the one’s and two’s. She had former girlfriend Samantha Ronson and Steve Aoki in her corner giving her advice and tips. Back in 2006, La Lohan was tapped to move the crowd at the “Jalouse” magazine Fashion Week Party at Manhattan’s Tenjune.
Lil Wayne decided to say goodbye to 2012 by partying it up at a club in South Beach. The Young Money general chose to serve as the DJ but instead of staying behind the one’s and two’s to select the songs, Weezy was pre-occupied by serving as the MC for the night. The DJ on hand actually did most of the heavy lifting while Lil Wayne did what he does best with a microphone.
Nick Cannon is a man of many talents. In addition to being a television personality, radio host, actor, rapper and manager, the soon-to-be divorced Cannon has flexed his skills on the one’s and two’s in the DJ booth. He’s regularly performs at 1OAK in Las Vegas and when he partied at the Playhouse in Hollywood to celebrate his birthday last October, the “America’s Got Talent” host decided to play DJ. He was photographed behind the booth without his shirt on, exposing the new ink on his back that covered up “Mariah.”
Few people know that Kanye West is actually a part of DJ Enuff’s group of Heavy Hitters. The legendary DJ, who traveled on the road with Biggie Smalls, helped break Yeezy as an artist. The Chicago superproducer/rapper has been known to crash the DJ booth to rock the crowd with his own set of specially selected tunes. He’s also been known to give the lucky crowd a treat by debuting new songs, which is what he did last June when he appeared at a club in London.
You know a nightspot is trendy when A-list celebrities suddenly flock there. Manhattan’s Yotel quickly became THE place to be after Swizz Beatz and his wife Alicia Keys popped up to party one night. The R&B singer surprised the crowd by guest DJing one night. She even went by the name AK-47 and the legendary DJ Premier warmed the crowd up before introducing AK-47 to the crowd and her hubby served as her hype man.
Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio
Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio got his first taste of fame by fist-pumping his way through nightclubs on the “Jersey Shore.” While his other castmates landed their own reality shows or endorsement deals, DelVecchio kept the party going by rebranding himself as a DJ. With the new name DJ Pauly D, the former reality television star now demands $40,000+ per show and has parleyed his time on the popular MTV show into an $11 million dollar empire.
The Black Eyed Peas took the world by storm and ended up becoming one of the biggest groups in the planet. After the band decided to take a permanent break, will.i.am and Fergie flourished as solo artists. Taboo expressed his interests in releasing a solo album but after that failed to materialize, he found a new profession as a DJ. Taboo has found a permanent gig at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas.
Since retiring from the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal has a lot of time on his hands. Last summer he landed a gig DJ’ing a party in Las Vegas and he took it very seriously. DJ Irie, the in-house DJ for the Miami Heat who’s also appeared on “Inside the NBA” with Shaq, revealed that the former Los Angeles Lakers superstar was practicing in private and is fully prepared. “When Shaq was in Miami he actually made a studio in his house,” DJ Irie said. “We’d go there and make beats and do mashups. He was very much into DJ’ing. We actually made 3-4 mixtapes.”
Kate Moss has walked on catwalks all around the world and since becoming one of the highest-earning models in the game, she’s recently started working in a new profession. The long-legged supermodel can now add DJ to her résumé. In 2012, Moss played at Couture Week in Paris and she recently entertained the VIP area at a trendy London hotspot last October. A-listers included Jade Jagger and Grace Jones, who playfully whipped Moss onstage.
We got to know a young Nick Hogan when he starred alongside his famous wrestling father and the rest of the family in “Hogan Knows Best.” After the show went off of the air, Nick served time in the slammer for driving under the influence and causing a crash that left his passenger with a permanent brain injury. Since then, Nick has branded himself as a DJ and on one of his gigs dad Hulk Hogan and his boa joined his son in the DJ booth.
Idris Elba is known for his acting but before he ever landed his first role, the London-born star used to make a living as a DJ. He first got his start helping an uncle with his wedding DJ business but within a year, he left and started his own company. Elba went by the moniker DJ Big Driis and worked as a DJ by night while attending auditions during the day. The “Lucifer” actor has also tried his hand at singing and has even produced a song on Jay Z’s 2007 album “American Gangster.”