Gregory Keltgen (born 1979), better known by his stage name DJ Abilities, is a Minnesota-based underground hip hop producer and DJ signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment. He is a founding member of Eyedea & Abilities alongside the late rapper Eyedea and also Semi.Official alongside rapper I Self Devine. Abilities is a member of 1200 Hobos and was also a member of Atmosphere at one point.
DJ Abilities performing in 2009
|Birth name||Gregory Keltgen|
|Born||1979 (age 39–40)|
|Origin||Albuquerque, New Mexico United States|
|Genres||Alternative hip hop|
|Instruments||Turntables MPC, Synths|
|Associated acts||Eyedea & Abilities, Semi.Official, Eyedea, I Self Devine, El-P, Deep Puddle Dynamics|
DJ Abilities is well known in the Midwest for being one of the best battle DJs in the local scene, having won both the 1999 and 2001 DMC Regional championships. However, he and Eyedea were noted, above all, for their ability to interact in live on stage performances, as well as on record.
DJ Abilities released First Born, a debut album with the rapper Eyedea as Eyedea & Abilities, in 2001. He handled the turntable work on El-P's 2002 solo debut album Fantastic Damage. Two more collaborative albums with Eyedea, E&A (2004) and By the Throat (2009), were both released on Rhymesayers Entertainment..
- Finally (1997, Rhymesayers Entertainment)
- ...For Persons with DJ Abilities (2000, Rhymesayers Entertainment)
- Now! That's What I Call Fuck Off (2012, self-released)
- The Blends (2014, self-released)
- Deep Puddle Dynamics - "Deep Puddle Theme Song", "Thought vs. Action" and "Where the Wild Things Are" from The Taste of Rain... Why Kneel? (1999) All E&A albums.
- Rusty Ps - "All I Have" from Out of Many (2001)
- Unknown Prophets - "The Wrong Route" from World Premier (2001)
- El-P - Fantastic Damage (2002)
- Mr. Lif - "Return of the B-Boy" from I Phantom (2002)
- One Be Lo - L.A.B.O.R. (2011)
- Killer Mike - "Go!" from R.A.P. Music (2012)
- Seez Mics - "Post Pathic Profiteers" from Cruel Fuel (2014)
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- Crusah (January 1, 2004). "Semi.Official - The Anti Album". HipHopDX.
- Matos, Michaelangelo (January 6, 2009). "Ready, Willing, and Able: Ego trippin' with the hardest-working hip-hop DJ in town". City Pages. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
- Wolfman (December 14, 2006). "Eyedea and Abilities - E&A". Tiny Mix Tapes.
- Youssef, Sobhi (January 12, 2009). "Review: El-P - Fantastic Damage". Sputnikmusic.
- Kricke, Dan (January 11, 2005). "Eyedea & Abilities - E&A". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
- Dameron, Emerson (August 27, 2009). "Eyedea & Abilities - By the Throat". Dusted Magazine.
- Li, Christina (August 8, 2012). "DJ Q&A: DJ Abilities". SF Station. Retrieved February 24, 2017.