Toronto DJ Diaries - Worldwide part 2
Our show was originally Monday mornings from 11:00 am until 12:00 noon and even though we were the Prodigy Sound Crew, our individual DJ names were Majesty (myself) and Downlow (Paul). Paul was starting to play more and more with Canada’s premier soca DJ, Dr. Jay, who started a soca crew of his own called the “Kingdom of Soca” and with that Paul was anointed a new name “Court Jester”. At the same time, all my DJ friends and associates started calling me “Prodigy” and the name stuck.
After a few months, a Thursday morning show (6 to 9 am) opened up and we grabbed it. With the move to the new prime-time spot, the exposure from “Worldwide” opened up a world of opportunities and we began to meet all the record label reps, night club promoters and DJ’s from other shows on the station. The next thing you know I’m playing some of the cities biggest parties and events for the likes of Wycleff Jean of the Fugees, Busta Rhymes, Kardinal Offishall, Shaggy and every Canadian Hip Hop act you can think of. I would open up the CD cases of Rascalz, Kardi, Citizen Kane and Choclair and see my name listed in the thank you sections. Choc’s actually rhymed about us on his first single “21 Years”.
I also got the opportunity to regularly fill-in for two of the DJ’s I grew up listening too, Power and DTS on the Masterplan show with Motion, Jazzy and Jon Bronski. We got to talk music and get industry advice from Toronto DJ legends Paul E. Lopes and Mike Tull of Higher Ground. We got into weekly, hilarious, verbal battles with “Morning Rides” Spex and Shooks (we actually planned these as a way to get listeners to tune into both shows, always wanting to hear who said what next). We made some great friendships with some of our co-hosts and regular on-air guests including Ian Andre Espinet, Marwon and Teashia.
The success of Worldwide opened up a world of opportunities, helping me to land a position at HMV Scarborough town-centre, a role with Virgin Records and lead me to start voicing nationally run TV and Radio commercials for Sony Music, BMG and EMI.
Life was good, very good. Every club or concert I went too, everyone knew my name. And the more I heard it, the more I loved it. My ego was growing quickly and was getting out of control, and with that, I made it a point to showcase my prowess and others short-comings. I wasn’t afraid to tell people how I truly felt in the most condescending and disrespectful ways possible. People who supported me and were once my friends, became easy targets, and not long after, stopped speaking with me. I did and said a lot of things that I’m not proud of, but then, had no clue I was drowning in my own arrogance.
I continued to work hard at perfecting my craft by taking acting, improv and voice lessons. Yet with every new big win, my ego grew. I was the biggest @$& you would have ever met. And with my next huge win, it would take away the thing I wanted and worked harder then anyone to obtain. My dream job as the first morning show host on FLOW 93.5.