Dj Class biography
Daniel Woodis, better known by his stage name DJ Class, is an American DJ from Baltimore, Maryland. A veteran of the Baltimore club scene, he started his career in the early 1990s and gained attention with his Unruly Records releases, including the local hit "Tear Da Club Up". In 2009, DJ Class scored his most commercially successful single to date with "I'm the Shit", which was remixed by several artists and subsequently became a top 40 Billboard chart hit upon being re-released by Universal Republic Records.
In 2000, DJ Class produced music for the soundtrack to the film Cecil B. Demented. After releasing the single "Next to You" in 2001, Class took a break from producing club music. During this period, he produced a gospel hip hop album entitled The Book of Daniel under the name D. Class. In November 2008, Class re-emerged with a new club single entitled "I'm the Shit" (entitled "I'm the Ish" in censored form). Prior to its release, he had e-mailed the track to Unruly Records owner Shawn Caesar, who responded favorably. The single initially gained airplay solely on Baltimore radio, but later crossed over to radio stations outside of the city. In December 2009, R&B singer Trey Songz and hip hop producer Jermaine Dupri released a remix of the song. The single's success eventually led to DJ Class and Unruly Records signing a deal with Universal Republic Records in January 2009. Lil Jon, a fan of DJ Class, recorded a remix of the song with him in Atlanta, Georgia, and another remix featuring Kanye West was recorded in Hawaii. Other artists who have contributed to remixes of the song include Pitbull, Estelle, Paula Campbell, Mullyman and PenDragon.
In April 2009, Universal Republic Records released "I'm the Shit" digitally to the iTunes Store. The same month, the Lil Jon remix entered the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, where it peaked at number 22 and remained for three weeks. It also peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Rhythmic singles chart. Class was later named the Best Club Music Producer of the year by the Baltimore City Paper and followed "I'm the Shit" with the singles "Dance Like a Freak" and "I Don't Give a Fuck". In 2010, he produced the Pitbull single "Watagatapitusberry"; the following year, he was featured on the single "Favorite DJ" by record producer Clinton Sparks.