Eq Why

Real Name:
Tyrone Smith
Profile:
EQ Why bridges the Chicago footwork scene and the experimental music underground with his raw, abstract tracks. While his tracks retain the fast, choppy tempos and aggressive, sometimes sexually explicit vocal samples typical of juke and footwork, he often incorporates jungle-influenced breakbeats and more offbeat samples. His work stylistically draws a line between footwork's Chicago home base and its stranger Japanese variation, as reflected by EQ Why's Chitokyo Mixtape from 2013.

Originally going by the name DJ T-Why, Tyrone Smith was affiliated with Bosses of the Circle, a footwork collective (founded by DJ Roc in 2005) that later included artists such as Young Smoke and Jlin. All of these artists were featured on Planet Mu's Bangs & Works, Vol. 2 compilation in 2011, which included three selections by T-Why. He released a few mixtapes under this name before changing his moniker to EQ Why in 2012. Starting with that year's Equalized EP, he began releasing a staggering amount of music online. The 12" EP Enter the Why, Vol. 1: You Got It was released by Duck N' Cover Records in July of 2013. This was shortly followed by The Dynamic Time, a CD issued by the Japanese label Booty Tune, and Chitokyo Mixtape, an intense 60-tracks-in-60-minutes cassette released by the experimental label Orange Milk. EMC2, a split EP by EQ Why and DJ Elmoe, appeared digitally in late 2014. The full-length World Relief, featuring collaborations with DJ Roc, followed in 2015.

Several digital albums, including Cold World and BattleGroundz, were released in 2017. EQ Why had another prolific year in 2018, as Orange Milk released WhyTrax (a collaboration with Traxman) and the experimental EP Spring Steeze (with Diamond Soul) was released by Bedlam Tapes, in addition to solo releases such as Back to the Block and Make the Feet Go Around.
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Albums

none Eq Why - Equalized album art EQ Why Equalized(7xFile, FLAC, Album) Booty Call Records none France 2012
BTCD-004 Eq Why - The Dynamic Time album art EQ Why The Dynamic Time(CD, Album) Booty Tune BTCD-004 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
none Eq Why - Chitokyo Mixtape album art EQ Why Chitokyo Mixtape(Cass, C60) Orange Milk Records none US 2013 Sell This Version
ER002 Eq Why - World Relief album art EQ Why World Relief(19xFile, FLAC) Equalized Records ER002 US 2015
ER016 Eq Why - WhyThoven, Volume 5: Clone Killer album art EQ Why WhyThoven, Volume 5: Clone Killer(15xFile, FLAC) Equalized Records ER016 US 2017
ER015 Eq Why - Battlegroundz album art EQ Why Battlegroundz(21xFile, FLAC) Equalized Records ER015 US 2017
none Eq Why - WhyTrax album art EQ Why & Traxman EQ Why & Traxman - WhyTrax (Album) Orange Milk Records none US 2018 Sell This Version
ER019 Eq Why - Back To The Block album art EQ Why Back To The Block(20xFile, FLAC) Equalized Records ER019 US 2018
BEDLAM_48, ER023 Eq Why - Spring Steeze album art EQ Why & Diamond Soul EQ Why & Diamond Soul - Spring Steeze(6xFile, FLAC, Album) Bedlam Tapes, Equalized Records BEDLAM_48, ER023 Germany 2018
ZM008 Eq Why - Give This 2 Ya Momma album art EQ Why Give This 2 Ya Momma(CD, Album) Zona Music(a) ZM008 US 2018 Sell This Version
AERO024, ER025 Eq Why - Make The Feet Go Around album art EQ Why Make The Feet Go Around(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Aeronema, Equalized Records AERO024, ER025 Czech Republic 2018
ER061 Eq Why - Equalized Records Presents: The Footwork Jungle Collection (Vol. 1 & 2) album art EQ Why Equalized Records Presents: The Footwork Jungle Collection (Vol. 1 & 2)(14xFile, MP3, 320) Equalized Records ER061 US 2020

Singles & EPs

DNC-D1201 Eq Why - Enter The Why Volume 1 - You Got It album art EQ Why Enter The Why Volume 1 - You Got It Duck N' Cover Records DNC-D1201 Switzerland 2013 Sell This Version
GSTR057 Eq Why - New Track City album art EQ Why New Track City(CD, EP, Car) Good Street Records GSTR057 UK 2016 Sell This Version
GSTR072 Eq Why - New Track City: Volume Two album art EQ Why New Track City: Volume Two(4xFile, FLAC, EP) Good Street Records GSTR072 UK 2017
none Eq Why - This Is Footwork album art EQ Why This Is Footwork(File, MP3, Single, 320) Not On Label (EQ Why Self-released) none US 2018
ER030 Eq Why - Juke Tracks Vol. 2 album art EQ Why Juke Tracks Vol. 2(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Equalized Records ER030 US 2018
ER065 Eq Why - Electronic Acid album art EQ Why Electronic Acid(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Equalized Records ER065 US 2020
ER063 Eq Why - Whip, Shake, Werk, Bang album art EQ Why Whip, Shake, Werk, Bang(File, MP3, Single, 320) Equalized Records ER063 US 2020
ER066 Eq Why - Drop Lil Booty album art EQ Why Drop Lil Booty(3xFile, WAV, EP) Equalized Records ER066 US 2021
none Eq Why - Juke Pack Vol. 2 album art EQ Why Juke Pack Vol. 2(4xFile, WAV, EP) Not On Label (EQ Why Self-released) none US 2021

Compilations

ER054 Eq Why - The JUKEade: A Decade Of Juke (2009-2019) album art EQ Why The JUKEade: A Decade Of Juke (2009-2019)(50xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) Equalized Records ER054 US 2020

Miscellaneous

ER001 Eq Why - EMC2 album art EQ Why & DJ Elmoe EQ Why & DJ Elmoe - EMC2(8xFile, FLAC) Equalized Records ER001 US 2015
ER003 Eq Why - 2050 album art EQ Why 2050(6xFile, FLAC) Equalized Records ER003 US 2015
ER008 Eq Why - WhyThoven, Volume 1: Away From Death album art EQ Why WhyThoven, Volume 1: Away From Death(5xFile, FLAC) Equalized Records ER008 US 2016