The A Team

Our Vision

To create an event where DJ Legends and break-out artists can come together, share their talent and knowledge, and have a great time!

Our Story

DJ Tech and DJ Jay Fresh started the Cypher in 2016 with the idea of DJs getting together to discuss the industry and ways to improve it as well as share their skills and talent with each other. They found a gracious host in Mary from HQs Lounge (3349 W 117th St, Cleveland, OH), and the plan solidified. In the spirit of competition, the first battle started when Mary wanted a competition and put up money to the winner of the battle!

DJ Tech and his show “Hip Hop on the 216 Block” first aired in January of 2000 on WRUW FM 91.1. Since then the show has been nominated best college radio show six times at the Ohio Hip Hop Awards and won three times. DJ Tech has worked  at many venues including the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, Wheels of Steel Weekend at the Scene Pavillion and represented Cleveland’s DJs in Columbus Hip hop Expo in 2010 and the Hip Hop Clinic hosted by Suave Gotti. He has also been involved in the violence against women coalition, Linda Billings Jackson re-entry outreach program ( a Cleveland base non profit organization ). His radio show was on air for 13 years in WRUW FM 91.1 until it ended in 2013.

Sound is provided by Just Me Sound (

Food is provided by Label78.

Cypher 2017!

Join us at Label78 on April 15th at 2pm

warm up for battle djs start at 5pm battle starts at 6 pm.