A-Trak has lived a charmed life. I mean, dude has been a DJ star since he won the DMC World Championship at the age of 15 (back when people cared about those things). He was made an honorary member of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, was one of the first artists to drop a recording via Peanut Butter Wolf’s Stones Throw label….yadayadayada, you know the story.
In recent years, A-Trak has reinvented himself from turntablist hip-hop prodigy to jet-setting new rave don. He shut down his old label, the underrated Audio Research, and launched a buzz-catching new one, Fool’s Gold Records. Recent releases include pop-rapper Kid Sister, Kid Cudi, Jokers of the Scene and other colorfully-dressed hipsters.
In a recent blog post, A-Trak talked up his latest coup: a forthcoming installment in Nike’s ongoing “Run” series. He initially revealed several details, but rewrote the post a few days ago, seemingly out of deference to his managers. “I haven’t talked much about this record thus far and the powers that be are saying you’ll have to wait a few more weeks to find out exactly what it is. But I can say this: I finished an A-Trak record, it’s longer than an album but it’s not an album… although it is all original production,” he wrote in the new post.
Just as impressively, A-Trak revealed that he was recently hired as a musical director for Jay-Z’s “Heart of the City” tour. And, as usual, he’ll be backing up Kanye West on dude’s “Glow in the Dark” tour. Who can’t appreciate that? Before then, you can see him in a more intimate setting on his “Fool’s Gold vs. Dim Mak” club tour. The dates, which kick off during Winter Music Conference in Miami, are below.
- 3/27: Puma in-store, Miami, FL
- 3/27: Suite/Snatch, Miami, FL
- 3/28: Raleigh Hotel, Miami, FL
- 3/28: White Room, Miami, FL
- 4/10: Hiro Ballroom, New York, NY
- 4/11: State Theatre, Toronto, ON
- 4/12: Societe des Arts Technologiques, Montreal, QC
- 4/13: Barbary, Philadelphia, PA
- 4/16: Metro, Chicago, IL
- 4/17: Celebrities, Vancouver, BC
- 4/18: War Room, Seattle, WA
- 4/19: 1015 Folsom, San Francisco, CA
- 4/27: Empire Polo Grounds, Indio, CA