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DJ Jedi, Getting 'Green' for Open Mic Night

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DJ Jedi, Getting 'Green' for Open Mic Night

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DJ Jedi, Getting 'Green' for Open Mic Night

DJ Jedi, Getting 'Green' for Open Mic Night

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DJ Jedi at the controls at his final UnUrban gig before leaving for a two-year tour with Digable Planets. Taylor-Brittany Ford hide caption

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MC RatPack Slim and DJ Jedi perform at UnUrban Cafe. Taylor-Brittany Ford hide caption

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Heard Live at UnUrban

Get a taste of what happens at "Green on Monday":

Part of DJ Jedi's Live Set at UnUrban

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MC RatPack Slim Performs a Spoken-Word Piece About the DJ Art

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DJ Jedi and Josh "The Beatbox" Silverstein Battle It Out, Turntables vs. Mouth Percussion

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In the parlance of the electronic music world, Los Angeles-based DJ Jedi (a.k.a. Terrence Cedricks) is a "turntablist" — an "old-school" type who uses a turntable not only to seamlessly mix music samples with beats, but as an instrument in and of itself.

He's built a reputation for his eclectic choice of samples, matched to supple, unexpected rhythms and a complete mastery of the "scratch." He's currently on a two-year world tour in support of a reunited Digable Planets, but when he's home he returns to the same coffee house for his usual Monday night gig — Green at the UnUrban Cafe in Santa Monica.

With the help of regulars MC Rat Pack Slim, resident "beat-boxer" Joshua Silverstein and DJ MikeCheck, DJ Jedi presides over probably the most vibrant open-mic venues on the West Coast.

Like a lot of electronic musicians, DJ Jedi is quiet and reserved behind his twin turntables — his friends say he let his hands do the talking.

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