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Formally known as DJ Needles, James Gates aka Biko  stumbled into deejaying in 1994 by doing house parties with tapes and cds. In 1997, Biko got a job at Vintage Vinyl (St. Louis Landmark Record Store) and was surrounded by so many dope, rare and “gotta-have” hip hop records, he became a collector and began learning to mix. Shortly thereafter in 1998, Biko released his first mixtape entitled “98 Fresh Mix Tape” featuring music from Pete Rock, A Tribe Called Quest and Black Star. The next year, radio personality Deja Vu recruited Biko to commercial radio, offering him a specialty mix show as a platform to expose underground and classic Hip Hop music. During the past decade, Biko has been exposed to many different genres in his hometown of St Louis and while in Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and New York. Biko’ appreciation for good, significant music runs deep and he expresses that wherever he deejays.

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