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Rashida Gonzalez Robinson (17 July 1980) better known as DJ Rashida, is an American DJ known for her fusion of hip-hop, funk, soul music, dancehall, house music, pop music and rock music.[1][2] She has played in London, New York, Tokyo, Dubai, Ibiza, Sydney, Paris and Madrid.[3]

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Early lifeEdit

Robinson was born in Los Angeles, California.[4] She bought her first pair of turntables at 18, and began to study the art of mixing.

CareerEdit

Robinson started spinning locally in Atlanta. She then moved back to her Los Angeles and landed her first major residency spinning at the House of Blues on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip. There she opened for artists such as Kanye West, The Roots, and John Legend.[5]

After playing a party for The Artist, Robinson met Prince. She began touring with Prince, spinning at his private parties, special events,[6][7] and performing live with him on The Tonight Show and at The BET Awards.[8]

Robinson was a solo performer at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, played in St. Barths for the Nikki Beach New Year's Eve party, at Super Sonic in Tokyo, at Glastonbury in England, and at Good Vibrations in Sydney. She has spun for corporate and celebrity clients including People magazine, Vogue Italia,[9] Conde Nast, Fendi, Nike, Virgin, Jay-Z, Spike Lee, Michael Jordan, Lisa Marie Presley, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Kimora Lee Simmons. Robinson has toured with Kelis and Cee-Lo.

Robinson was the on-set DJ for the first three seasons of MTV's Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew.[10] In 2012, President Barack Obama chose Robinson to be one of three "DJs for Obama," as part of his reelection campaign.[11][12]

Robinson has been featured in Vogue Italia, People, Us Weekly, Essence,[6] 944 Magazine, Vibe, Flaunt, Remix, and Dazed & Confused.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Get Familiar: DJ Rashida". The 5th Element
  2. ^ "Best DJ (2012) Rashida". LA Weekly.
  3. ^ "DJ Rashida: LA’s Hottest DJ", Revere Magazine 02 May 2013
  4. ^ http://www.laweekly.com/bestof/2012/award/best-dj-1892308/ "Best DJ (2012) Rashida "}. LA Weekly, Rebecca Haithcoat
  5. ^ Haines, Reyne. "DJ On The Rise". Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Closet Envy: DJ Rashida". Essence, Zandile Blay , December 14, 2010
  7. ^ http://hellobeautiful.com/2530371/prince-dj-rashida-interview/
  8. ^ Young, Danielle. "After 6 Years of DJing, DJ Rashida Lands Dream Job with Prince". Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  9. ^ "DJ Rashida". Acclaim.
  10. ^ "America's Best Dance Crew Cast". Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  11. ^ Hyman, Dan. "Obama Campaign Launches DJs for Obama". Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  12. ^ " 'DJs For Obama': New Campaign Video Features Steve Aoki, D-Nice, DJ Cassidy, DJ Rashida & More". Huffington Post, 08/15/2012 Kia Makarechi

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