Jason Rzepka, VP of MTV Public Affairs, DJ’s A Killer Set In My Office

August 31, 2009 — 5

Jason is warming up. He is transforming himself into DJ Applesauce. He's working through the awkwardness of DJ'ing sans turntables, in my office. Years ago, Jason and I worked together when he ran press for mtvU and I ran programming. These days, when DJ Applesauce ain't rockin' the office that rocks the office, Jason runs MTV's Pro Social and Public Affairs Department. Mofo gets paid to channel the power of MTV to effect positive change. Nuff about that. Right about now, to set the mood, I'm popping the cork on an extremely old bottle of white wine (I stole) from Tony DiSanto's office. That's right, Jason & I are about to start us some serious dixie cup sippin'. (Notice, if you will, how Jason calls me brosef.) Uh oh, just when things are getting started, co-worker Dan Caster strolls by for a hello. Hello, Dan... Jason whips out a little Woodies tribute from 2007 (you can nominate artists for Woodies '09 right now!), starting with some Saul Williams action, reminding me of the fight between Saul and Matisyahu during sound check (wish we had twitter back then). Ok, so, you wanna hear the whole set? DJ Applesauce heard ya, and he's got it all right smack dab here with a Something Burning exclusive...slusive...slusive... Hit to play: [audio:] dj applesauce presents: RossMartin-o-matic PLAYLIST: 1/ dj applesauce scratch intro 2/ Steely Dan – Black Cow 3/ Mtume – Juice Fruit 4/ The Charmels – As Long as I’ve Got You 5/ Al Green – Full of Fire 6/ Mary Jane Girls – Candy Man 7/ Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go for That 8/ Aretha Franklin – Save Me 9/ The J.B.s – Watermelon Man 10/ The Jackson 5 – Mama’s Pearl 11/ Santogold – L.E.S. Artistes 12/ Rilo Kiley – The Moneymaker 13/ TV on the Radio – Wolf Like Me 14/ Saul Williams – Black Stacey And here's some more you can download, courtesy of DJ Applesauce... dj applesauce & dj pancakes present: In the Sunshine SIDE ONE: dj applesauce Sunny Side Up side 1/ dj applesauce Freshman Effort Drums Ain't 'Qued Right Scratch Intro 2/ Murs - Bad Man! 3/ The Arsonists - Fat Laces 4/ Natural Resource - Bum Deal 5/ Souls of Mischief - Cab Fare 6/ Del Tha Funkee Homosapien - Sunny Meadowz 7/ Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Back on the Block 8/ L.A. Symphony - Broken Tape Decks 9/ E-Rule - Listen Up 10/ Brand Nubian - Wake Up (Sunshine Extended Mix) 11/ The Beatnuts - World's Famous 12/ Organized Konfusion - Intro SIDE TWO: dj pancakes Sweating in the Late Day Sun side 13/ dj pancakes Allow Me to Introduce Myself Humble-Style Intro 14/ Aesoprock - Attention Span 15/ Vordul Mega - Hell Yeah 16/ Aceyalone - Ace Cowboy 17/ Kool G Rap - It's a Shame 18/ Scarface - Mary Jane 19/ Casual - Later on 20/ Buck 65 - You Know the Science 21/ Thank the Lord the Sun is Going Down Seguetro 22/ Little Brother - Starvation 23/ People Under the Stairs - We'll Be There 24/ Gang Starr - The ? Remainz 25/ Digable Planets - Dedication


  • SMithson

    August 31, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    cool set, jason


  • @jasonrzepka

    August 31, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    good looking out, Ross! And thanks Smithson. If anybody wants a portable copy of RossMartin-o-matic — though I'm sure Ross would love the bump on his average time spent — it's here:

    also, it's worth mentioning that i love vinyl only slightly less than I love my wife — and I've been happily addicted to wax since '95 (

    sorry to report i *don't* dj weddings or bar mitzvahs…but apparently i do dj…conference calls.

    beats and love,


  • julie

    August 31, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    this kinda stuff never goes down in the london offices. jealous. esp lovin the wine in coffee cupz.


  • scott

    May 6, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    your dad would be so proud lol

    scott in green bay


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