DJ Ready D

DJ Ready D, born Deon Daniels, is the South African hip hop Disc Jockey and turntablist, radio personality and television personality. Best known as the DJ breakthrough hip hop group Prophets of Da City (POC) in the 1990s.

DJ Ready D
Born Deon Daniels
11 December 1968
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa
Known as DJ Ready D
Occupation Radio Presenter
Musician, DJ
Producer
Genre Hip Hop
Reggae
Since 1988 – to date
Record label Ghetto Ruff
Associated acts Ishmael Morabe
Abdullah Ibrahim
Shaheen Ariefdien
Mark Heuvel
Caiphus Semenya
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

DJ Ready D was born Deon Daniels, in Cape Town, Western Cape Province of South Africa.

In an interview with Bboysounds, he, DJ Ready D said ” I started as a B-Boy when I got involved with Hip Hop culture in the early 80’s. I always try to capture the energetic spirit and battle the nature of the culture through my work. My aim was to engage the listener and encourage participants to take action when tracks such as Let’s Rumble start hitting through Boom Boxes”.

In the late 80’s, DJ Ready D and Shaheen Ariefdien started a hip hop group, Prophets of Da City in Mitchell’s Plain township, Cape Town, Western Cape Province of South Africa.

Prophets of Da City (POC) is a hip hop crew from Cape Town, South Africa. They are composed of about eight members, though the exact membership fluctuates frequently; these include Ishmael Morabe (vocals), Mark Heuvel (dance), Shaheen Ariefdien, Ramone and DJ Ready D.

In an article Mark Schwartz writes, “Times were good until one day in 1985 when tanks rolled down the main drag of Mitchell’s Plain Township, and Ready and his homie Shaheen put down the vinyl and picked up bricks and gasoline bombs to hurl at apartheid’s army. For the next nine years, through a state of emergency, political upheaval, and economic turmoil, Ready, Shaheen and their posse Prophets of Da City persevered until finally they got to drop bombs at another revolution, as the only performers at the inauguration of South Africa’s president Nelson Mandela”.

The group began in the late 1988 when Shaheen and Ready D experimented in a small 8-track studio (owned by Shaheen’s father, Issy Ariefdien and Lance Stehr the current Ghetto Ruff CEO) and produced a demo that ultimately became “Our World” (1990), the South African hip hop release.

Although the production value was not exactly stellar it did attempt to interpret hip hop through their unique Cape Town influences and experiences (both musically and lyrically).

The album had the first recorded Cape slang (local Afrikaans dialect) hip-hop song called ‘Dala Flat’ (do it thoroughly).

It also consisted of an uptempo goema inspired ‘Stop the Violence’ and the hip house meets mbaqanga title track. It also featured the Abdullah Ibrahim inspired “Roots” that featured DJ A-ski on the turntables.POC

Although POC was quite a novelty to the South African music scene, record labels were turned off by their social commentary and favoured a more party music approach. Lance, POC manager, set up Ku-shu shu Records and signed a distribution and marketing deal through Teal Trutone (Gallo subsidiary)

DJ Ready with the group, Prophets of Da City they released six albums, Our World, Boom Style, Age of Truth, Phunk Phlow, Universal Souljaz and Ghetto Code.

 

 

Discography

Year Album Label Notes
1990 Our World Ghetto Ruff POC
1992 Boom Style Ghetto Ruff POC
1993 Age of Truth Ghetto Ruff POC
1994 Phunk Phlow Ghetto Ruff POC
1995 Universal Souljaz Ghetto Ruff POC
1997 Ghetto Code Ghetto Ruff POC

 

 

 

He, DJ Ready D toured Europe with POC for a period of six years and performed alongside the international artists, Public Enemy, Fugees, Ice T, Spearhead, James Brown, Rob Swift, Steve D, Will Smith, DJ Spinna, Jazzy Jeff and Black Eyed Peas.

DJ Ready in the year 2008 received a Hype Mag. lifetime achievement award. Support DJ for Akon, Fat Joe and Black Violin in Cape Town and Dubai. Perform alongside Sean Kingston. Mzanzi Rides Season 3. Ready D help propel Drift Squad to center stage.

Ready D the DJIn the late 1990’s Ready D helps to establish and organize a monthly hip hop event called “The  night of the Beatbangaz” that gives up-and-coming DJs and Hip Hop artists a platform to expose and express themselves.

TV and Radio

Between 2002 and 2004 DJ Ready was a resident DJ on, The Phat Joe Show, a weekly television show that was hosted by Phat Joe, on SABC 1 and DJ for Will Smith in Mozambique.

In the year 2005 he, DJ Ready D joined the hip hop magazine as a guest editor and contributor to SA’s first mainstream hip hop magazine, Hype Mag.

After Hype Mag. he joined a TV show on Channel O, Mzanzi Ridez as a presenter and creative director of the show. The same year Ready D joins another TV show Redbull B Boys champs, presenter of his second TV show – Decktales with DJ Ready D, that goes across Africa. The show takes him to New York to perform and interview Hip Hop legends such as Rob Swift, Steve D, Charlie Ahern, Roxanne Shante, DJ Rockin Rob and Ken Swift.

In 2010 DJ Ready D gets his own Radio spot, The Ready D Show on Cape Town City’s major station, Good Hope FM.from, Monday to Thursday 19h00 – 22h00.

 

 

 

Accolades

Year Award Category Work Notes
 2008  Hype Mag  Lifetime Achievement  n/a  n/a
 2010  Hip Hop Movement  Grandmaster Award  n/a  n/a

 

 

 

HE won the SADMC Championships four times and also won the DJ of the Decade award. He competed twice in the world DJ championships and finished in the top ten both times. He is rated as one of the top 30 Hip-Hop DJ’s in the world at present.

 

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2002 – 2004 The Phat Joe Himself Resident DJ
2007 Mzanzi Ridez Himself Host/creative director
2007 Redbull B Boy Champs Himself Host
2009 Wheelz of Fury Himself Host
2010 to date The Ready D Show Himself Host
2013 Music for Mandela Himself Documentary

 

 

 

Dj Ready D is involved in the community, he has a scholarship and youth development programme, G-CAP (Great Cape Ambassadors Programme), a grassroots organization that uses Hip Hop to inspire youth at risk in his childhood neighborhood of Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town, Western Cape Province of South Africa.

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