DJ Babu
DJ Babu

Birth name

Chris Oroc

Also known as

The Turntablist


17 September 1974 (age 42)
Washington, D.C.


Los Angeles, California, United States


Hip hop


Record producer, DJ, radio personality

Years active



Stones Throw (1996-2000)
Nature Sounds (2007-2010)

Associated acts

Beat Junkies, Defari, Dilated Peoples

Chris Oroc (born 17 September 1974), better known by his stage name DJ Babu, is a Filipino-American DJ and record producer from Los Angeles, California. He is best known as a member of the hip hop trio Dilated Peoples with Evidence and Rakaa Iriscience. He is also a part of the hip hop DJ crew Beat Junkies and the duo Likwit Junkies with rapper Defari.

Babu has won multiple competition titles as a DJ including the Vestax World Championships and multiple ITF titles. As a revered battle DJ, he has appeared in and hosted numerable videos. Babu is renowned for redefining the art of beat juggling during the 1997 ITF beat juggling category competition. Under the name "The Turntablist", he produced the genre's most popular battle record, 1996's Super Duck Breaks ... The Saga Begins. Babu also coined the term "turntablist" to describe the difference between a DJ who simply plays records one who performs by physically manipulating the records, stylus, and mixer to produce sounds.

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