DJ Cheese
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DJ Cheese
DJ Cheese
Background information
Robert Cheese
BornOak Hill, West Virginia, United States
GenresHip hop
DJ, record producer
InstrumentsTurntable, Sampler

DJ Cheese (born Robert Cheese) was the Second World Champion of the DMC World DJ Championships in 1986 (and the first to feature scratching).[1] He appeared in the UK tour with Run-DMC.

Early life

Cheese was born in Oak Hill, West Virginia. He moved with his family to Edison, New Jersey and later to Plainfield.[2]


DJ Cheese is an important figure in the history of turntablism. Effectively, his winning set from the UK Disco Mix Club (DMC) 1986 competition set incorporated scratching, which initiated this totally different approach of DJing, changing the whole course of the DMC forever.[3] Eventually, his innovation modified the whole meaning of DJ battles, turning the DMC into a competition strictly focused on turntablism (mainly scratching and beat juggling), which had a significant impact on people, helping them to perceive turntablists as musicians.

DJ Cheese only faded from the scene after differences with the label owner of Beauty & The Beat Owner Ed Duke Bootee Fletcher.

DJ Cheese and word of mouth opened both shows at the legenadary UK Fresh 86 concerts at Wembley Arena.

He has released EPs with the group Word Of Mouth entitled 'Coast to Coast' and 'King Kut', and Z-3 MC's 'Triple Threat'.

DJ Cheese has also worked as an incognito scratcher with lesser known groups such as Rap-O-Matic (Lies, Lies) & Point Blank MC's (What The Party Needs), as well as with rapper K-Rob (I'm A Homeboy). Fats Comet used his techniques on the UK Worlds Records label with the 1986 song 'Eat The Beat'and also provided the scratching on the DJ version of princess 12" single top 20 hit "I'll keep on loving you".

DJ Cheese also featured on the Ultimate Trax album and was put up against Chad Jackson (World Champion 1987) in the battle of DJs section, with neither DJs aware at the time who they would be up against, making for a unique contrast in styles with Cheeses' scratch mixing.

DJ Cheese and Word Of Mouth, appeared on the Mike Allen Capital radio show and Dave Pearce's 'Fresh start to the week' '80s Hip-Hop radio shows doing live sets.


  1. ^ "World DJ Championships History". Disco Mix Club. Archived from the original on February 12, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ JayQuan. "King Kut - The Adventures Of Robert DJ Cheese". Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ Webber, Stephen (2008). DJ skills : the essential guide to mixing and scratching. Oxford: Focal. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-240-52069-8.

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