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- Posted on Jun 8th 2010 6:15PM by Joshua Ostroff
Admittedly, the hundred-long list leaves room for lesser-calibre names alongside the likes of Detroit techno icons Jeff Mills and Carl Craig, house heroes Armand Van Helden and Derrick Carter; turntablists Cut Chemist and Mixmaster Mike and hipster party-starters A-Trak (NYC via Montreal) and Diplo.
Still, 'DJ' Pauly D's inclusion has upset many, including last year's winner Z-Trip who tweeted "Being last years winner, I have 2 say, it's a bit of a knock 2 all the OG's 2 include Pauly D on Americas Best DJ 2010 ballot."
"While I respect his hustle to get over on people, I personally don't feel he's done the work needed to be included on the list...2 me, he is on that list based mostly off of the show, not his skill level. I'm hoping people vote 4 the right DJ's based on skill, not fame."
Continuing his rant, Z-Trip wrote: "Again, Pauly, get yours in this world. But if you win, I can't help but feel let down. U R no Jazzy Jeff, A-Trak, Craze, etc. Not yet anyway. Keep practicing, like the rest of us, let UR skills rise. If U keep at it, eventually U can earn it. But nobody knew who U were b4 the show."
Speaking of Craze, he also took to twitter to decry the Jersey Shore star's inclusion: "yeah I'm in there but now I don't wanna be ..... Pauly D is nominated .... That comp has no cred."