Happy Birthday to DJ Irv, the Architect of Bounce Music

“I’m not even sure what bounce is, but I’m sure we gave birth to it,” Louisiana’s Governor Edwards.

“MC T Tucker and DJ Irv recorded the track “Where Dey At,” credited by many as the first bounce recording, in 1991. Big Freedia released her first studio album, “Queen Diva,” in 2003 and started getting national exposure in the years after 2005′s Hurricane Katrina. The call-and-response that characterizes bounce music is rooted in Mardi Gras Indian and New Orleans second-line traditions.” – By Julia O’Donoghue, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune


“Kevin “T.T.” Tucker says he copped the Showboys’ slept-on single “Drag Rap” at a Sam Goody while visiting New York in 1986 and then “introduced it to the south.” While basically a non-starter for Profile Records and the Queens-based Showboys, New Orleans embraced the bass-heavy tune – soon dubbed the ‘Triggerman’ beat –  with a passion. Said DJ Jimi: “[Y]ou had to play ‘Triggaman,’ you had to do that shit for ’bout four hours straight, nonstop, nothin’ else, all night.” With DJ Irv looping the tracks on two turntables and Tucker adding catchy chants for this cassette collaboration, “Drag Rap”‘s xylophone-ish melody ran in dizzying circles – Showboys called the sound the bones, New Orleans called it the bells. Circulating on an artwork-free cassette called, colloquially, “the red tape” and thrown into rotation on local radio, bounce was born.” – by Christopher R. Weingarten | Rolling Stone Magazine

The Original Red Tape | Available on Itunes, Spotify, Tidal


“The genre’s pioneers may not be household names, but they were pivotal in bounce music’s development. In 1991, MC T Tucker and DJ Irv released a cassette-only track entitled “Where Dey At?,” considered the genre’s first official product.” – by Jason Newman | Fuse TV

“Bounce music is New Orleans, New Orleans is bounce music,” junior Satchel Joseph said. “I think it’s difficult for others to understand, but it holds a significant place in the development of New Orleans hip-hop.”

“Two performers, MC T. Tucker and DJ Irv, released a track dubbed “Where Dey At?” in 1991, and it became the very first bounce song, characterized by a fast-paced rhythm with frequent slow-downs containing aggressive beats. Many of the people who danced to the song would shake their glutes up and down vigorously to the pace of the song — a dance move now widely known as “twerking.”

“For many New Orleans natives, bounce music proves to be a major aspect of their identity.” – by Hugo Fajardo, Intersections Editor | Tulanehullabaloo.com


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