Detroits own GhettoTek pioneer DJ Assault has had a large hand in bringing ghetto-tech, aka booty music, from the urban streets of Detroit to the suburban club circuit. The incorporation of electro beats with hardcore, sometimes pornographic lyrics, is what makes ghetto-tech highly distinguishable from its other techno cousins.
To listen to DJ Assault’s deejay Mix, recorded september 2014 and only consisting of songs produced by DJ Assault between 2008 and 2014, click here
Another early DJ Assault track, ‘Tear Da Club Up’, was recently sampled by Darius Syrossian who used Dj Assault’s vocal to make it a house track. Darius made the track in the summer of 2013 especially for his BBC 1 essential mix, and made it available for Free download on his sound cloud page. The track is being played from Ibiza to Japan, by many underground house deejays including Dirty Bird label boss and international deejay / producer Claude Von Stroke, who seems to make it his trademark to insert ghetto-tech elements into his house sets.
At the tender age of 12, Craig Adams began his DJ career spinning at local parties and events in his hometown of Detroit. He took a three-year hiatus to study at the Univerity of Atlanta, but soon moved back to Michigan to start producing music in his own studio. Adams finished his studio by adding a local producer, Mr. De.
After ill relations with a prior label, the two formed Electrofunk in 1996. Shortly thereafter, they released their first EP, Terrortech EP, with the singles “Crank This Mutha” and “Technofreak.” The album was a good introduction... [read more]
of the new brand of techno that incorporated heavy bass beats, techno samples, and simple, catchy vocal hooks.
During the summer of 1996, Assault released the first Straight Up Detroit Sh*t (SUDS) mix CD. Due to the first CD’s popularity, Assault released the second volume that September. More popularity would follow the production team with the ghetto-tech anthems “Ass and Titties” and “Sex on the Beach”.
After only a year of being in business, Adams and De were able to say that they had sold more records than any other techno artist in the region at that time.
In 1997, due to the amount of production and popularity, Electrofunk split in two — Assault Rifle Records and Electrofunk Records Distribution. This allowed the two to produce and distribute their own material. In April of 1997, SUDS, Vol. 3 was released along with Belle Isle Tech. The latter contained two CDs, one completely rap and the other a compilation of Assault Rifle and Electrofunk releases. The CD offered both sounds of the urban streets to suburban and urban fans.
At the end of 1997, DJ Assault released SUDS, Vol. 4, which featured 99 tracks and served as an example of the fast style of DJing that developed around ghetto-tech. Unfortunately, Adams and Mainor dissolved their partnership in mid-2000, due to private reasons, and went their separate ways. Adams immediately started his own label, Jefferson Ave., named for a major street in Detroit that runs from the east to the west side. Adams released an album of the same name in 2001 with local label Intuit-Solar. The album introduced Assault as a solo artist along with his rapping alter ego, Craig Diamonds, the Street Narrator.
~ Diana Potts, Rovi.
The music of the label can best defined as Booty trap music.