Cut Camp’s Old School Hip-Hop Crazes Columbus

Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

COLUMBUS, IN (February 27, 2016) – The Beats pumped out of the door of Le Petit Caraibes like a fully loaded automatic weapon parting the airwaves, and landing explosively in the ears of the incoming patrons. The crowd was packed tightly inside, but the close quarters did not stem the hip gyrations brought on by the DJ’s mad skills. The DJ tonight was DJ Spoolz, and he was spinning for one of the only crews that deserve his talents, Cut Camp.

Cut Camp is a group that has come together from all over Indiana. They’re comprised of 4 groups, 2 DJs, and a videographer bringing their number to 10. The performance at Le Petit Caraibes was hosted by Black Eddie aka Rashaad the God, and included displays of skill from the host himself, DJ Jay Diff, LONEgevity, Its Gritts, Big Skittz, Ace One, Scoot Dubs, and R-Juna. The night was Round Robin style meaning instead of each group doing a set they each do a song and then pass the mic. Every single emcee rapping that night definitely knew his way around a mic too. They each threw out track after track of hard-hitting rhymes.ProForms, made up of Ace One, Big Skittz, and DJ Spoolz, turned it out with true style in their set, and had the crowd begging for more. LONEgevity and Its Gritts aka Hinx Jones stepped up to the plate to please them, and took the crowd on a pleasure cruise in their mellow ride. When Black Eddie finally dropped “Boom Kick“, a crowd favorite, the room went nuts, and the roof was beyond raised much to the pleasure of DJ Spoolz. Scoot Dubs even asked the crowd for an extra round of roof raising in between tracks just to see his roof raising loving friend, Spoolz, smiled a little wider.

Finally the end of the show came, but the crowd just couldn’t let go. Sadly, Cut Camp had not prepared an encore, but Big Skittz stepped up to save the day with some old school freestyle. Just sixteen lines delivered with heart was all it took for Skittz to show the fans what real hip-hop was all about, and always will be. In the end, the blissful look on the face of every person in the house made it clear that their love affair with hip-hop had only just begun, and each of the guys in Cut Camp surely left a little piece of their hearts behind them when they left Columbus that night.

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Melodie says, “I couldn’t tell you the name brand of my first camera offhand, but I can tell you it was a Tweety Bird camera. It’s a brilliant bright blue with Tweety Bird from Bugs Bunny perched on it. I still have it. I’m just not sure if it was the photos themselves that got me hooked or that brilliant lil yellow bird.”

Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos. Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to amazing musicians like Shannon Hoon, Beastie Boys, Maynard James Keenan, Zack de la Rocha, Tori Amos, and classics like Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Elvis, Johnny Cash and the like inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of those amazing shows that she dreamt of as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin. Later in life as Melodie learned more about the arts inspiration came from a number of other legendary artists, visual and literary, like Annie Leibovitz, William Moortensen, John Sexton, Erik Johansson, Helmut Newton, Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman, and HR Giger.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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