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A Retrospective Look At Usain Bolt's Overlooked DJ Career


THUMP's David Garber takes us on a fascinating trip back in time to relive Usain Bolt's often overlooked DJ career in honor of his final Olympic appearance in Rio for the 2016 Summer Games. Including everything from impromptu DJ sets to appearances in other producers' music videos, this article lets curious minds see the impact of not only Bolt's iconic races but his legendary afterparty sets, too.

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Last night in Rio, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt made history when he became the first person to win the 100-meter title three Olympics in a row. Since then, the world has been experiencing peak Boltmania, with the athlete's mid-stride smile already the subject of countless memes. While various publications are taking the opportunity to delve deep into Bolt's various athletic accolades, some have overlooked another important part of his legendary lineage—the guy absolutely loves to DJ, and has so for many years.

THUMP, being a publication devoted to the many realms of dance music and DJ culture, is taking Bolt's recent milestone to embark on a retrospective look into Bolt's life not on the track, but in the booth, banging tracks. Stay with us, as we race through some of his DJing highlights throughout the years.

The Early Years: 2010-2011

Early video evidence of Bolt's mixing dates back to 2010 in Paris, two years before the Summer Olympic Games in London, where he would win the 100 meter gold medal yet again (following the 2008 games in Beijing) with a new time of 9.63 seconds. The Jamaican set up shop at a Puma branded, Jamaica-themed event dubbed "Paris City Hall," on a warm summer night in July at the city's Hotel de Ville...

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