THE ICON: DJ Jubilee
THE LEGACY: Bounce pioneer DJ Jubilee, who bills himself as the “king” of that distinctly New Orleans music style, started his musical life as a deejay in high school and continued at Grambling State University, where he not only was in demand for parties but also on the campus radio station. A longtime teacher, youth coach and mentor, he has vowed to keep his music clean and remains active as a positive force on the city’s music scene. In the process he has influenced any number of artists, ranging from Master P to Juvenile to Miley Cyrus. Perhaps his most lasting contribution to hip-hop, however, came with his 1993 debut single, “Stop Pause (Do the Jubilee All),” which is recognized as containing the first recorded reference to twerking, the bootie-shaking dance that has since become a nationwide phenomenon.
THE ARTIST: Jeremy Paten, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “They can’t understand how I can teach school, coach, and still have time to rap. It’s a good lesson for kids to learn that nothing comes easy. You’ve got to work hard to get the things you want in life.” — DJ Jubilee, discussing his students in a 2000 interview in OffBeat magazine