Just 30 years old, A-Trak has already had three careers. He was a DJ prodigy in his teens, winning the DMC World DJ Championship when he was just 15. In his 20s, A-Trak toured with Kanye West. Then he began putting down killer tracks on his Fool's Gold label.
Two weeks ago, he started a new YouTube Channel with Skrillex and Diplo. In addition to judging Red Bull Thre3Style regional qualifiers and the national finals in Los Angeles in April, A-Trak will release his first full-length album this year under his Duck Sauce moniker with Armand Van Helden. Until that and any other of his multitude of ongoing projects emerge, here's a list of A-Trak's top five essential songs.
1. 'Ray-Ban Vision,' feat. Cyhi da Prynce (2010)
A-Trak teamed up with Georgia rapper Cyhi da Prynce for this groove, which appeared on 'Fool's Gold, Vol. 1.' The two artists share a common collaborator in Kanye West, who signed Cyhi to his GOOD Music label in 2010.
2. 'Tuna Melt' -- From 'Tuna Melt' (2012)
The title track to the EP A-Trak released at the tail end of last year shows the DJ working with Australian DJ Tommy Trash and further honing his electro house identity.
3. 'Piss Test,' feat. Juicy J and Danny Brown (2012)
On this track from the compilation 'Loosies,' A-Trak drops an outrageous beat for the outrageous stylings from Danny Brown and Juicy J. Funky beat, funny lyrics. What more could you want?
4. 'Money Makin'' with Dillon Francis (2012)
A-Trak teamed up with Los Angeles DJ Dillon Francis, of Mad Decent fame, for this stadium banger, which was also released in a very busy 2012.
5. 'Say Whoa' -- From 'Say Whoa' EP (2008)
A little old-school A-Trak track that still bangs hard, all six-plus minutes of it. The steady vocal refrain reveals that a key ingredient to much of A-Trak's music -- humor -- was there at the beginning.
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