Robert Hunter has been DJing for so long, he might as well have a Ph.D. in partying. If there’s a song that can get the crowd going, Hunter, aka DJ Karma, has it down. Having grown up on hip-hop, his go-to track is “Be Faithful” by Fatman Scoop. It still gets people dancing, 17 years after its release.
“It’s what you would call a party break record,” Karma says. “I still play it when I DJ every week, usually early on. It’s not something I’d play in the middle of the night, [but] it still works however many years later.”
You may not know it by name, but when the beat kicks in and you hear that signature line, “You got a hundred dollar bill, get your hands up!” you’ve got no choice but to move. Karma says the song still resonates with partiers because it captures the essence of what DJs do live—sampling, mixing and scratching on the fly. “It’s just a very high-energy record,” he says. “It samples a bunch of classic records. A lot of DJs probably learned to MC a party just by listening to this record. ‘Single ladies! Get your hands up!’ A lot of those things we got from this.”
Don’t just take his word for it—catch him dropping Fatman Scoop at his weekly residencies—at 1 OAK, Hyde and the Bank. When he does, make sure you sing along.