McDonald’s® To Honor Hip Hop Pioneer GrandMixer DXT

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Legendary DJ GrandMixer DXT, who transformed the turntable into a musical instrument, will receive Lifetime Achievement Award.

Legendary DJ and producer GrandMixer DXT will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his historic contributions to hip hop at this summer’s McDonald’s B-Boy Royale 4, New York City’s largest annual breakdance tournament. Regarded as the world’s first ‘turntablist’, DXT helped define the sounds of early hip hop by introducing the turntable as a fully performable musical instrument. His groundbreaking techniques –including scratching and altering the pitch of notes on a record— would forever change the way DJs and musicians create and produce music. B-Boy Royale 4 will take place Saturday, August 26 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Click here for ticket info.


DXT, earlier known as D.ST., began his career as an original b-boy and the main DJ at the historic Roxy nightclub in Manhattan.

Early in his career, DXT (then known as D.ST.) was an original b-boy and the main DJ at the historic Roxy nightclub in Manhattan. His mentor, Herbie Hancock, coined the phrase “turntablism” to describe the New York native’s unorthodox method of operating a record player. DXT’s unique style –and the unique sounds it produced— would help create the foundation of hip hop music.


DXT received a Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance of “Rockit”.

In 1984, DXT, Hancock and The Rocket Band received a Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance for “Rockit”. Most recently, DXT contributed to the soundtrack for the upcoming Dr. Dre/Jimmy Iovine HBO documentary series The Defiant Ones.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by McDonald’s for doing what I love,” said DXT, who will also serve as the DJ for McDonald’s B-Boy Royale 4. “I see this award as not only a summation of my hip hop journey for the past four decades, but also an inspiration for the next chapter in my career. Stay tuned.”

Introduced in 2015, the McDonald’s B-Boy Royale Lifetime Achievement Award honors hip hop pioneers who have made significant contributions to the culture. Previous recipients have included breakdance legends Richard ‘Crazy Legs’ Colón (2015) and Michael ‘Boogaloo Shrimp’ Chambers (2016).


GrandMixer DXT has helped define both a generation and a culture with his approach to music.

“During his b-boy days, GrandMixer DXT inspired many young dancers to cultivate and express their own style,” said Crazy Legs, who will serve as the lead judge for McDonald’s B-Boy Royale 4. “He approached music with the same philosophy, which enabled him to create an original sound that helped define both a generation and a culture.”

GrandMixer DXT’s performance and remix of “Rockit”.

Hosted by HOT 97 personalities Kast One and Laura Stylez, McDonald’s B-Boy Royale 4 will feature eight award-winning crews from across the U.S. and Canada battling it out for a $5,000 grand prize and championship title. The event will also celebrate the introduction of breaking as an official sport at the 2018 Youth Olympics by bringing together hip hop pioneers and the next generation of b-boys.

Ticket prices are $22 for adults and $17 for children (12 and under) and seniors and can be purchased at the NYU Skirball Center box office or website. From now through June 22, ticket buyers can receive $5 off each purchase using promo code BBOY4. All proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA), a non-profit organization that provides needed stability and resources to children and their families.

McDonald’s B-Boy Royale not only celebrates New York City’s hip hop roots but also raises money for a terrific cause,” said Paul Hendel, McDonald’s New York Tri-State Board President and owner/operator. “The Golden Arches is proud to have Ronald McDonald House Charities as our event beneficiary and to do our part in promoting the organization’s mission.”

Sponsors for McDonald’s B-Boy Royale 4 include McDonald’s New York Tri-State, HOT 97, Coca-Cola and BBoy World.