Mr. Dibbs

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Mr. Dibbs
Birth nameBrad Forste
BornCincinnati, Ohio, United States
GenresTurntablism, alternative hip hop
Occupation(s)DJ, producer
InstrumentsTurntables, sampler
Years active1990s–present
LabelsRhymesayers Entertainment, Self Core Records, Cease & Desist, Four Ways To Rock, Shake It!, Stereo-Type, Mary Joy, Puddles Frothingsquat
Associated acts1200 Hobos, Presage, Atmosphere, El-P, Eyedea

Mr. Dibbs (born Brad Forste) is an American DJ and hip hop producer. He is the co-founder and co-owner of Self Core Records[1] and the founder of the turntablist collective 1200 Hobos. He has also appeared on numerous underground hip hop records as DJ or producer, as well as releasing a number of solo records.

Early life[edit]

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Forste was introduced to DJing around 1985, when he saw Grandmaster Flash performing on the syndicated light news/entertainment show PM Magazine, but "didn't really understand what he did." After watching an MTV broadcast of Grand Mixer DXT performing with Herbie Hancock on the latter's 1983 single "Rockit," he learned the hand motions and began to learn scratching himself. He estimates that he spent six months "getting the hang of" scratching, subsequently spending two years "cutting and scratching to whatever was on TV" to practice.[2]


Mr. Dibbs formed his own turntablist crew 1200 Hobos in the early 1990s.[3] The crew's rotating line-up has included Doseone, Jel, Buck 65, Sixtoo, Adverse, DJ Signify, DJ Mayonnaise, DJ Skip among others, and at its largest numbered 23 members.[4][5] They have released two mixtapes.[3]

In addition to 1200 Hobos, Mr. Dibbs has also been touring DJ for Atmosphere and El-P. With Doseone and Jel, he is also a member of Presage,[4] who released one album Outer Perimeter in 1998.

In 1996, Mr. Dibbs teamed up with graffiti magazine Scribble to put on the first Scribble Jam event as a promotion for the magazine's launch.[6] The event has since become America's largest hip hop festival[7] with separate competitions for rapping, DJing, graffiti, b-boying and beatboxing. Its past participants and guests have included Juice, Eminem, Adeem, P.E.A.C.E., Eyedea, Sage Francis, Mac Lethal, Rhymefest, Nocando, Skratch Bastid and DJ Abilities.[8]

Mr. Dibbs' Turntable Hardcore series of albums was notable for its genre-straddling approach, blending a wide variety of styles along with more usual hip hop turntablism.


Solo records[edit]

  • Turntable Scientifics (Four Ways To Rock, 1995, CD reissue 1998)
  • Live in Memphis (Stereo-Type, 2000)
  • Primitive Tracks (Cease And Desist, 2000)
  • Unearthed Vol. 1 (Cease And Desist, 2000)
  • Unearthed Vol. 2 (Cease And Desist, 2000)
  • Unearthed Vol. 3 (Cease And Desist, 2000)
  • Abduction Of The Times 6.66 (Mary Joy, 2001)
  • Random Vol. 1 (Puddles Frothingsquat, 2002)
  • Random Vol. 2 (Puddles Frothingsquat, 2002)
  • Random Vol. 3/Sad Clown Bad Dub 7 (2003)
  • Outreach 5 (Rhymesayers Entertainment, 2003)
  • The 30th Song (Rhymesayers Entertainment, 2003)
  • Turntable Hardcore (Puddles Frothingsquat, 2003)
  • Turntable Hardcore 2 (Puddles Frothingsquat, 2004)
  • Ugly and Proud Vol. 1 (Shake It!, 2004)
  • Ugly and Proud Vol. 2 (Shake It!, 2004)
  • Ugly and Proud Vol. 3 (Shake It!, 2005)
  • Eat Meat (2003)
  • Eat Meat 2 (2007)
  • ′′DeadWorld Reborn′′ (2012)

Guest appearances[edit]

Compilation & soundtrack appearances[edit]

  • "Listen" with DJ Osiris on Ropeladder 12 (Mush Records, 2000)
  • "Who's Listening?" "What Was It?" with Fat Jon on Tags of the Times 3 (Mary Joy Recordings, 2001)
  • "Invitation to Hell" as Presage on Urban Revolutions (Future Primitive Sound, 2001)
  • "Divine Spirit" on Suite for Weldon (Stones Throw, 2003)
  • "Skin Therapy" on Tony Hawk's Underground (Activision, 2003)


  1. ^ "Mr. Dibbs' Upcoming Record". Caught in the Crossfire. Retrieved 2007-02-19.
  2. ^ Forsberg, Andy (September 8, 2003). "GSN: Mr. Dibbs Interview". Get Some Noise. Archived from the original on 2006-12-08. Retrieved 2007-02-19.
  3. ^ a b Thomas, Fredrick. "Mr. Dibbs - Artist Profile". Stylus. Retrieved 2007-02-18.
  4. ^ a b Kun, Josh (June 9–15, 1999). "Invitations to Hell: Mr. Dibbs gets his goat". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2007-02-18.
  5. ^ "Hand'Solo Records » Blog Archive » Mr. Dibbs". Hand'Solo Records. Retrieved 2011-03-14.
  6. ^ "Scribble Jam: History". Archived from the original on 2007-02-12. Retrieved 2007-02-18.
  7. ^ "Scribble Jam Store". Retrieved 2007-02-18.
  8. ^ "Scribble Jam". Scribble Magazine. Archived from the original on 2013-09-07. Retrieved 2011-03-14.

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