For most artists, especially those in music, there’s usually a certain trick of the trade they’ve mastered over the years. For New York City deejay Kid Capri, his secret came in handy during various record conventions.
While sharing his craziest crate-digging story with Fuse, the “Master Of The Mix” judge revealed how he was able to outsmart his fellow deejays during the conventions. “I used to catch them…Pete Rock, Q-Tip, Buckwild, just a bunch of different, elite producers,” the deejay explained. “Diamond D, my dog. They used to go to the record convention, too. And the record convention opened at 10 o’clock in the morning. The record convention was held in the Roosevelt Hotel. What I used to do was get a room the night before and watch them at six o’clock in the morning. Yeah, brains boy. Six o’clock in the morning, watching them walking in with the records. The boxes of records, all the dealers. And I go downstairs while they walking in at six o’clock in the morning and buy up $5,000, $6,000 worth of shit and leave. And take it upstairs to my hotel room.”
Kid Capri went on to book an early room for four years and each year he was able to outsmart the likes of Q-Tip and Pete Rock, artists who weren’t able to crate-dig until hours after Capri began purchasing records at the convention.
“By the time I’m leaving, it’s 10 o’clock,” Capri explained. “So now I’m looking at Pete Rock, Q-Tip, Buckwild, all of them on the line waiting to get in and watching me with this big box of music going upstairs to the hotel room. And then coming back down to see if I could some more shit. Every year, for four years.”