Dillinger

A DJ as famous as his gangster namesake, Dillinger was one of the second wave of Jamaican toasters who sprung up in the wake of the success of U-Roy, Big Youth, and Dennis Alcapone. By the mid-'70s, the young Dillinger had rapped his way to the top of the pack and won international acclaim. Renowned for his quick wit, irreverent raps, and whacked sense of humor, the DJ remains one of the most innovative and humorous toasters of any era. Born Lester Bullocks on June 25, 1953, in Kingston, Jamaica, as a youth, the DJ-to-be hung around the sound systems, lending an occasional hand loading equipment for the El Paso setup, home to Dennis Alcapone. This led to the bigger DJ passing him the mic, but it was Prince Jackie's sound system that gave the teen his first regular gig. With the departure of Alcapone from El Paso, Bullocks took his place...and his name, initially DJing under the moniker Dennis Alcapone, Jr. It was producer Lee Perry who convinced the DJ to change his name, with his legendary comment: "You're different from Alcapone. You're Dillinger."