by Janday Wilson
If Philly is the DJ Capital of the World, it’s fitting that our mayor was a former DJ. If you don’t believe it, the proof is in the photos snapped during the first Philly DJ Day on Sept. 24, 2008.
There is Mayor Nutter, formerly known as DJ Mix Master Mike, in a gray suit and scarlet tie mingling with Philly DJ legends of the old and new school. There he is again decked out in a t-shirt bearing the face of the late DJ AM and throwing up the peace sign alongside DJ Jazzy Jeff.
Organized by Jonene Taddei and Kamau Stanford to honor the city’s notable turntablists, the first Philly DJ Day brought together a multitude of hip hop DJs to spin, break bread and bond. In 2009, Mayor Mix Master Mike signed a proclamation written by Taddei and Stanford that made Philly DJ Day an official annual event on Sept. 24. The document contained a brief list of DJs that Taddei and Stanford say put Philly on the map for DJing: DJ Jazzy Jeff, the late DJ AM, DJ Drama, Schoolly D, ?uestlove, King Britt, and Rich Medina.
There was just a slight problem.