DJ Cash Money

Jerome Hewlett (born August 9, 1964), better known by his moniker DJ Cash Money is a Philadelphia-based American turntablist, hip-hop artist, and record producer. He was the first inductee into the DJ Hall of Fame.[1]

DJ Cash Money
Birth nameJerome Hewlett
Born (1964-08-09) August 9, 1964 (age 55)
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, US
GenresHip hop music
LabelsSleeping Bag Records
Associated actsCash Money and Marvelous
WebsiteOfficial MySpace


Hewlett studied engineering at college, but soon shifted his focus to the turntables. He adopted his DJ moniker from the phrase "there's the money shot", which people would yell whenever he threw the ball into the net while playing basketball.[2][3] Among his inspirations Cash Money lists Grandmaster Flash and Grand Wizzard Theodore, whom he saw in the early 1980s, while artists who count him among their own inspirations include British DJ Fatboy Slim.[3][4]

He and Jazzy Jeff both emerged from the Philadelphia hip hop scene in the late 1980s.[5] They shared a friendly rivalry and DJ'd parties together as the Kings of Spin.[5] Cash Money perfected the Transform scratch (along with Jazzy Jeff) which mimicked the robotic sound effects from the mid-80s television cartoon series of the same name.[1] He is also credited with creating the Pee Wee Herman scratch[2] and pioneering the Chirp scratch (aka the Babuggamas scratch).[6]

In 1987, he partnered with MC Marvelous (born Marvin Barrymen) and released the single, "Ugly People be Quiet" (co-produced by Herbie "Love Bug" Azor) and the album, Where's The Party At? on Sleeping Bag Records.[3][7] Cash Money has also produced and remixed tracks for artists such as Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Mantronix, Pm Dawn, Public Enemy.[2]


Cash Money won the New Music Seminar Supermen DJ Battle in 1987[8] and the DMC World DJ Championships in 1988.[2][9]

In 1998, turntable manufacturer Technics made Cash Money the first inductee into the DJ Hall of Fame.


Cash Money and MarvelousEdit

Year Album US
1988 Where's The Party At? 26
Year Title US Album
1987 "Play It Kool" /
"Ugly People Be Quiet"
Where's The Party At?
1988 "Find An Ugly Woman" /
"The Mighty Hard Rocker"
1989 "A Real Mutha For Ya" /
"New Sheriff In Town"

DJ Cash Money mix tapesEdit

  • Old School Need Ta Learn'o Plot I
  • W.K.I.S. Holiday Head Twister
  • Kickin Flava
  • Freestyle Flavor
  • Guess Who's Comin' To Dinner? (1996)
  • Old School Need Ta Learn'o Plot II (1997)
  • Head Bangin' Funk 45's (2005)


  1. ^ a b Hal Leonard Corp. (2003). All Music Guide to Hip-Hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap and Hip-Hop. Backbeat Books. p. 69. ISBN 0-87930-759-5.
  2. ^ a b c d Baird, Simone (June 26, 2006). "DJ Ca$h Money: Ten things". Time Out London. ISSN 1479-7054. Retrieved August 26, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "DMC25 – World Champion: DJ Cash Money (Interview)". Update Online. DMC Publishing. August 6, 2009. issue 339. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  4. ^ "International Guests: DJ Ca$h Money (Interview)". United DJ Mixing School. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  5. ^ a b Crisell, Luke; White, Phil; Principe, Rob (2009). On the Record: The Scratch DJ Academy Guide. MacMillan. p. 53. ISBN 0-312-53124-9.
  6. ^ Terrett, Piper (2003). Bedroom DJ. Omnibus Press. p. 55. ISBN 0-7119-9765-9.
  7. ^ a b "DJ Cash Money - Chart history - Billboard".
  8. ^ Sacha Jenkins (1999). Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 284. ISBN 0-312-24298-0.
  9. ^ "DMC World DJ Championships: World Champions". 2009. Archived from the original on March 12, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2009.
  10. ^ "Cash Money & Marvelous at Discogs".
  11. ^ "Rap Music: Top Rap Songs Chart - Billboard".

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