DJ Qbert Shows Off His Incredibly Diverse Record Collection

FUSE TV - DJ Qbert Shows Off His Incredibly Diverse Record Collection

In this episode of Crate Diggers, renowned scratcher DJ Qbert shows us what a record collection geared toward competitive scratching and playing parties looks like, while also talking influences from graffiti to Devo.

"Before hip hop I was heavily influenced by Devo," he says, telling a story of being exposed to the New Wave luminaries during an elementary school presentation. "Later I found out they were heavily influenced by Kraftwerk." 

As a kid growing up in San Francisco in the '80s, Qbert heard limited things that would trickle down to the radio and TV stations he struggled to access.

"The only thing we could do is tune into a station you could barely hear," he says of his childhood. "The only thing we had that was weird was Channel 9, it was like public TV. And sometimes at 4 a.m. or 3 a.m. they would play Devo videos. That was it for us. That was the only thing we could get."

Later in the episode, he speaks lovingly of records with graffiti covers, showing off Fab 5 Freddy's "Change the Beat" and Schooly D's Saturday Night!. He then rifles through his organized but disparate collection, showing off records from Saturday morning cartoons, comedians and African artists like Royal Steel Band.

But his most prized possession is a signed copy of Marley Marl's In Control, Volume 1.

"Wow!" Qbert exclaims. "This is old as hell. I remember one time he gave me his phone number and I was like 'Oh, wow! Cool!' But I never called him. I was too scared. I'm still scared."

DJ Qbert's Vinyl Collection

17m

DJ Qbert's Vinyl Collection

DJ Babu's Vinyl Collection

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DJ Babu's Vinyl Collection

DJ Rhettmatic's Vinyl Collection

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DJ Rhettmatic's Vinyl Collection

DJ Jaguar's Vinyl Collection

13m

DJ Jaguar's Vinyl Collection

DJ Nu-Mark's Vinyl Collection

11m

DJ Nu-Mark's Vinyl Collection

DJ Eclipse's Vinyl Collection on Crate Diggers

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DJ Eclipse's Vinyl Collection on Crate Diggers

DJ Scratch's Vinyl Collection on Crate Diggers

14m

DJ Scratch's Vinyl Collection on Crate Diggers

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Sneak Peek Inside J. Dilla's Record Collection

DJ Day

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DJ Day

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Carlos Niño Shares His All-Time Favorite Record

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The 'Transcendent' Ladies Show Off Signature Cocktails

Tina Shows Off Her Most Glamorous Looks

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Tina Shows Off Her Impressive Ear-Piercing Technique

Domino's Vinyl Collection

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Domino's Vinyl Collection

Egon's Vinyl Collection

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Evidence's Vinyl Collection

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Mr. Thing's Vinyl Collection

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Ben Blackwell's Vinyl Collection

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Krafty Kuts' Vinyl Collection

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Krafty Kuts' Vinyl Collection

Jello Biafra's Vinyl Collection

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Jello Biafra's Vinyl Collection

Tim Westwood's Vinyl Collection

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Tim Westwood's Vinyl Collection

Adrian Younge's Vinyl Collection

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Adrian Younge's Vinyl Collection

Tony Touch's Vinyl Collection

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Tony Touch's Vinyl Collection

Kid Capri's Vinyl Collection

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Chief Xcel's Vinyl Collection

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Mr. Bongo's Vinyl Collection

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Mr. Bongo's Vinyl Collection

J Dilla's Vinyl Collection

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House Shoes' Vinyl Collection

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Young Guru's Vinyl Collection

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Mr. Scruff's Vinyl Collection

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Afrika Bambaataa's Vinyl Collection

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Spin Doctor's Vinyl Collection

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Mark Ronson's Vinyl Collection

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Rogelio Shows His Acting Prowess In 'The Dark Military'

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The Man Behind Day DJ

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Good Records

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Dan the Automator's Vinyl Collection

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Jello Biafra's Vinyl Collection (Part 2)

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Folk Arts Rare Records

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The Dirtiest Song Ever Recorded

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Roddy Ricch & His Grandmother Reminisce While Cooking His Favorite Meal

That Hi-Octane Ish

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That Hi-Octane Ish

The Hollywood Puppet Show

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Why This Show Exists?

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T-Pain Talks Developing His Unique Style While Cooking With His Mom

Monalisa Discusses The Nostalgic Appeal of Vinyl Records

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Monalisa Discusses The Nostalgic Appeal of Vinyl Records

Danny Trejo & His Son Discuss his Prison Past while Making Trejo’s Tacos

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Danny Trejo & His Son Discuss his Prison Past while Making Trejo’s Tacos

The Hollywood Puppet Show - Trailer

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The Hollywood Puppet Show - Trailer

Blue Devils' Pre-show Frenzy

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Blue Devils' Pre-show Frenzy

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Rogelio Dances His Way Around Philly

Pusha T Breaks Down His ADIDAS Partnership

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The Hollywood Puppet Show S2: First Look

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The Hollywood Puppet Show S2: First Look

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Steve Aoki Meets His Puppet: Hollywood Puppet Shitshow First Date

Hollywood Puppet Shitshow First Date: Wilmer Valderrama Meets His Puppet

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Christophe Roberts Shares His World of Sneaker Box Sculptures (Part 1)

Christophe Roberts Shares His World of Sneaker Box Sculptures (Part 2)

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Christophe Roberts Shares His World of Sneaker Box Sculptures (Part 2)

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King Britt

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Backstage

Backstage

Lily

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Free The Robots

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Casey Brings Her Hosting Skills To iCandy Nightclub

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Maino

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Swizz Beatz

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KYLE

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A$AP Ferg

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Rich The Kid

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Flipp Dinero

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Flipp Dinero

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Sam Richardson

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Natasha Diggs

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Jay Critch

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Young M.A

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