Legendary hip-hop pioneer, DJ Drew "Grandmaster Dee" Carter of Whodini has been in the business for 27 years and helped pave the way for today's R&B/hip hop success. Known for his ability to scratch records with almost every part of his body, he and fellow band group members, rappers Jalil Hutchins and John "Ecstasy" Fletcher, hit the scene in the early '80s, just as the rap scene was beginning to burst. Along with groups like Run DMC, Kurtis Blow and the Fat Boys, Whodini was part of the original "Fresh Fest" tour that pushed hip hop beyond the New York City borders.
Grandmaster Dee was among the first turntable artists to cultivate a high-profile national following for hip hop music, along with other artists such as Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and Afrika Bambaataa, with Russell Simmons as producer. In 1983 the group recorded the self-titled album "Whodini" and its first single "Haunted House of Rock" was a Halloween-themed number that is still played in some clubs. Synth-pop pioneer Thomas Dolby helped produce their single "Magic's Wand" and they were the first group to feature official dancers.
The group has garnered gold and platinum singles and albums and toured extensively. A stand out memory for Grandmaster Dee's took place in New York. "There was a show in Madison Square Garden with a sold out audience of 20,000 people and I did tricks on the turntable and scratched the record with my mouth. That was a pretty amazing time," he says. Still going strong today, Grandmaster Dee is back in the studio with his Whodini counterparts. And he's relying on Stanton equipment to get the sounds he's looking for with the SM V3 Scratchmaster DJ Cartridge, SA.5-2-Channel Scratch DJ Mixer, Uberstand, SCS.3d and M.207 and says "I've been using Stanton gear for years and it always works great. I know Stanton that's why, I'm a Stanton DJ for life. "