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      Ask some industry insiders to name the top 3 most skillful DJ’s on New York radio and it’s guaranteed you will hear praises from many on one particular DJ some call “The Best Kept Secret” DJ Cocoa Chanelle. “She’s the best DJ on New York radio” comments DJ Scratch who is legendary for his showma... read more
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      Ask some industry insiders to name the top 3 most skillful DJ’s on New York radio and it’s guaranteed you will hear praises from many on one particular DJ some call “The Best Kept Secret” DJ Cocoa Chanelle. “She’s the best DJ on New York radio” comments DJ Scratch who is legendary for his showmanship with Jay Z & EPMD. Cocoa is in her 10th year on New Yorks HOT 97 (WQHT), she spins on Ladies Night which airs every Friday 8-10pm. In a male dominated field such as hip hop its not easy for women to get respect for their talent from their male peers, “I have great respect for her” brags Roc-a-fella Records A&R DJ Clark Kent “i’ve watched Cocoa grow into one of the best all around DJ’s male or femal that I’ve ever heard” he adds. “She has a unique style that puts her in a class by herself.” Comments Grammy award winner Rocwilder.

      First introduce to Djing at a young age by her brother, Andre. “Believe it or not I was a MC entering local talent shows & battles before i was a DJ” explains Cocoa. “my brother use to rap and dj, I wanted to do everything he did so I followed in his footsteps, he got me in this game, he was shot and killed 3 months before I got on HOT 97” Cocoa is no stranger to adversity being born in Brooklyn, orphaned at a young age and raised by her grandmother in Bluefield West Virginia. “when I tell people I lived in bluefield W.Va they usually laugh or say huh? Where’s that?” she explains (laughing). “It’s a small town most people never heard of where you couldn’t hear hip hop or r&b on the radio but that’s where it started for me. I used to practice for hours in the basement, my grandmother called it The dungeon…I was a hip hop fanatic,”I was the kid in class making beats on my books instead of reading them” she’s confesses (smiling).

      Perhaps Cocoa is best recognized for the 6 years she spent as B.E.T’s (Black Entertainment Television) 1st ever resident Dj spinning weekly on the teen talk show Teen Summit. “they was lookin for a dj so I went to DC and auditioned for it, when they called and said I got the job, I couldn’t believe I would be Djing on TV every week, that was a turning point for my career, it led to other opportunities.” In fact it was TV exposure that gave her the chance to be a guest DJseveral times on HOT 97’s morning show. Ed Lover who at that time was the shows host was so impressed with Cocoa’s skills he recommended her to the stations program director and as a result, the morning show producer created the idea for Ladies Night which consisted of Angie Martinez, Jazzy Joyce & Cocoa.

      She Continues to open doors and break down barriers, being the first female ever to land a feature DJ spot on MTV’s higgest rated show spring break, which resulted in a return invitation from MTV to appear in several of their specialty shows. She also made several guest appearances on B.E.T’s rap City. She proudly notes being listed in Vibe magazine as one of the top 17 dj’s in the country and recently mentioned in the Source Magazine as being one of the producers to watch for in 2005 . Recently Cocoa was honored at the industry’s biggest event for Radio Mixshow DJ’s “Mixshow Power Summit” conference. She received the award for Best female mixshow DJ of the year.

      When asked what’s next “production & making records” she explains. She first gained attention producing a remix for 50 Cent “In Da Club” although unofficial, her remix gained an impressive amount of commercial radio adds across the country. “back then I gave 50 a beat CD when he was working on his first album, he picked a track from me but nothing ever came of it” she adds. “She’s definitely one to watch for on the production tip” says Tye Dash of Universal records. Her production raised eyebrows when she teamed up with one of the Hottest rap camps in New York D-Block. First working with sheek louch to produce the 1st single off his solo album entitled OK, then going on to work with group member Styles P on his sophmore album. “being a female producer and getting respect is not easy, dealing with dblock gave my production more credibility”. Things went a step futher when mixtapes featuring Cocoa rapping with D-Block came out, proving she can hold her own on the mic. I had to prove myself as a DJ, it’s no different with production, I have to prove to people I can actually produce” I do pre-production in my house, I have a Mac G5, G4 laptop, protools digi 002, MPC 2000, triton,Avalon pre-amp, Neumann mic & 2 turn tables, im very serious about it.” She explains. The future is never certain, but it’s my guess that “The Best kept Secret” is about to be revealed.

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