The X-Ecutioners is a group
of hip hop DJs / turntablist from New York.
Formed as a DJ crew in the early nineties and originally including
11 members, under the name X-Men, which was chosen partly because
of their rivalry between Super DJ
's crew of DJs, known as the Supermen, and partly
after the Marvel Comics
but had to change their name due to trademark
After the group's name changed, the crew was later reduced to
members Rob Swift
, Roc Raida
, and Mista Sinista (named after the Marvel Comics'
) before releasing
their debut album X-Pressions
Sinista later left the group shortly after the release of
Built from Scratch
Rob Swift left the group for personal and artistic reasons in
In the wake of Swift's departure, The X-Ecutioners have been
scarcely heard of; however, the latest word is that the group has
two new members, DJ Boogie Blind and DJ Precision.
The X-Ecutioners have worked with many famous artists on their
albums Built From Scratch
highly respected in hip hop for their turntable skills, being
infamous for the technique known as beat
. They have been known to do numerous collaborations,
ranging from Kool G Rap
to Cypress Hill
and co-released an album with Mike Patton
called General Patton vs. The
. The X-Ecutioners contributed to a remix of
's "King of
" on the Harmonix
, and the DJ group's song
"Like This" was featured in the video
game SSX 3
As of 2007, Rob Swift, Total Eclipse and Precision have formed a
new group called Ill Insanity
latest release, "Ground Xero" contains 14 tracks featuring the
likes of DJ QBert
, DJ Excess, and Grand
Master Roc Raida.
Ill Insanity has posted a blog on their Myspace regarding a reunion
tour in Australia in October, 2008. The group commented in their
"Undeniably one of the greatest turntablist crews of all time, New
Yorks legends The X-Ecutioners are reuniting exclusively to tour
Australia for the very first time. The supremely talented
turntablists, Grand Master Roc Raida, Rob Swift, Boogie Blind,
Total Eclipse and Precision have exclusively come together for this
tour and across 10 turntables will leave you speechless with their
unbelievable turntable skills of cutting, mixing, scratching and
The group has already announced the tour dates on both the
X-Ecutioners' and Ill Insanity's Myspace Reunion Tour Blog.
In a recent interview with E.Zee Radio
Mista Sinista says the current X-Men are Rob Swift, Mista Sinista,
Total Eclipse, Boogie Blind, Steve D, Sean C, Johnny Cash, Diamond
J, + Roc Raida who will always be there.
Roc Raida died on Sept. 19th, 2009 from complications from a mixed
martial arts accident.
- Scratch Magazine, Sept./Oct. 2006.
- Myspace Reunion Tour Blog