In 1983 a remix contest was held to promote G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid’s “Play That Beat (Mr. DJ).” The unanimous winner was Steve “Steinski” Stein & Douglas “Double Dee” DiFranco’s “Lesson One: The Payoff Mix.” The song, a diverse collection ranging from Mae West and Humphrey Bogart to Ed McMahon and Herbie Hancock, became an urban radio hit within days, but was never commercially released. Two more Lessons soon followed: “Lesson Two” and “Lesson Three: The History of Hip-Hop.” Made in a cutting-edge studio with Steinski’s extensive vinyl collection, these three tracks paved the way for current cut-and-paste turntablist experimentation. Countless DJs and producers have been influenced by The Lessons, including contempory artists like DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist of Jurassic 5. For the first time ever, the three original Lessons mixes, along with other four other early 80s cut and paste classics are available as 7″ records.