“Should I wear my hair in a ponytail?/Should I dress myself up in Chanel?/Do I measure my what you think? Absolutely not, absolutely not!,” chants high octane R&B goddess Deborah Cox on top of Hex Hector’s sickening remix of her smash ’01 hit, “Absolutely Not.” Now, I KNOW I can speak for every one of my fucking fellow queens out there when I say that I can’t tell you how many nights I’ve just let my glitter bomb explode all over the floor to THAT remix. However, as any true Deborah diva knows, Mr. Hector has also taken on a slew of her other hits,(“Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” and “It’s Over Now” all day, honey.), as well as remixing hits for fellow chanteuses Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle and a whole club ‘Limelight’ full of roaring soul vixens. Wow, I’m exhausted just thinking about how much dancing I’m going to be doing while diving into the absolutely explosive catalog of legendary DJ, Hex Hector. Did I mention he also won a Grammy in 2001 for Best Remixer? On that win, I think it’s time to get down and get our “Rewerk Wednesday” on.
Before we get ourselves musically lost in some of Hex’s hottest rewires, let’s go back to the late -’70s, where his dazzling music life began. Born to a Puerto Rican family in New York, Hex got his first taste of music at a very young age, when his grandmother would play him all sorts of genres and artists, ranging from the Rolling Stones to Santana to legendary baby makin’ crooner, Al Green. It was also during his early years that Hex infused his love for the NYC club scene, immersing himself in iconic NYC based disco record label, Salsoul, where he would boogie down to such classic artists as Instant Funk, First Choice, Inner Life and the absolutely insatiable, Loleaeta Holloway. Soon after, when he was just fourteen years old, he took his music power to new heights, DJing at neighborhood parties and eventually finding himself in the early ’80s NY club scene, rubbing headphones with iconic DJs, Afrika Bambaataa, Kenny Carpenter, Mark Kamins, just to name a few dance floor legends…
In the late ’80s, Hex continueed to work up the club ladder (even meeting a pre-Fly Girl J.Lo in ’86), and eventually he would go on to disco-stroy infamous Big Apple clubs, the Tunnel, Limelight, Sound Factory, among many, many, others. One of his first early career breaks came in ’92, when his good friend and fellow DJ, Robert Clivilles (C+C Music Factory), got him onto a remix of Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam’s hit, Something About Love.” His BIG solo break came just a few years later, when he put together a romping remix of Toni Braxton’s long-running #1 single, “Un-break my heart.” Much to everyone’s surprise, the remix became a monster hit, both on the dance floor and on the pop charts, and from that moment in music time, Hex would become THAT go-to remix bitch pretty much from then on out. So many divas, so little time….
Okay, so, looking at Hex’s catalog of smashes, if I were to sort them ALL out, we would be here until Justin Bieber has a career again, so pretty much…eternity. Instead, I put some links to Hex’s dirrty grooves right here and here, and I’ve also put together a medley of some of my personal favorite Hex Hector goodies. Kicking things off, of course, is his Grammy nominated rewerk of J.Lo’s ’99 hit, “Waiting for Tonight.” Just dive in.
Jennifer Lopez/”Waiting for Tonight”
Deborah Cox/”Absolutely Not”
Aretha Franklin/”A Rose is Still a Rose”
Deborah Cox/”Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here”
Whitney Houston/”I Learned From the Best”
Toni Braxton/”Un-break My Heart”