FYI.

This story is over 5 years old.

Detroit Techno Is a Dysfunctional Family, Just Ask Juan Atkins

The techno legend beefs with his nephew on Facebook... for three years straight.
June 13, 2013, 6:10pm

We all have a family. We do… or if not, we used to. And if you never had a family (or you've killed them all), I'm not sure if I should feel sorry. Have you ever been to a yearly family gathering? Sitting at a table with cousins you can't stand just because they are your age or kinda. Listening to silly jokes your uncle has stolen from the redneck radio station he keeps listening to. Shutting up when your old gramps starts to go on and on about immigrants and same-sex marriage. You know… Well, Detroit techno is also a family, in every sense of the term. And it's not no 1950s storybook family either. Yes, Detroit artists are no stranger to clan beef and some of the finest Grade A drama is coming straight from techno godfather Juan Atkins. According to Facebook and some sources in the D (who shall remain nameless), he has the craziest nephew ever – an aspiring DJ (obviously) named Aaron Atkins, who keeps bugging his famous uncle to put him on. Cool story bro, right? Well when this family shit starts to be interesting is when the evil Internet gatecrashes the party. Since 2010, Juan and Aaron have been washing their dirty linen in public, thanks to the magic of Facebook. And we were there to take screenshots of the action. What up doe?

Aaron Atkins shared a link.

March 19 near Detroit

Juan Juan AtkinsMy keyboard
I need that R3 8:25am
Aaron Atkins
its here when ever you need it.
May 16, 2010 3:07am
Juan Atkins
WTF?
Man, take this shit down. WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING? YOU DON'T SELL SHIT OF MINE WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION MAN! WHAT THE FUCK. YOU DON'T HAVE TOO MANY MORE TIMES TO KEEP FUCKING UP.
June 3, 2010 7:09am
Aaron Atkins
METROPLEX RECORDS
i have a CD with all my music and 275 dollars for you on July 1st to put it out nothing but hot shit only
June 4, 2010 8:24pm
Juan Atkins
Hey man, give facebook some air. It looks like u have no life outside facebook. Lay low for a minute and just get your tracks out. 8:27pm
Aaron Atkins
ok i will and i be talking to girls that's why i be on here lol 9:06pm
Juan Atkins
Nothing wrong with that. Just stop posting ALL the time. 10:52pm
Aaron Atkins
I need a mac book pro can you go half on it with me what happend to mark taylor don't he got them
June 5, 2010 3:40am
Juan Atkins
just anything to fuck with me right?
June 5, 2010 8:32am
Aaron Atkins
look man i just ask a simple question all you gotta say is yes or fucking no simple
June 5, 2010 12:55pm
Juan Atkins
I ain't really gotta say SHIT! Matter of fact, don't ask me SHIT! u didn't ask a simple question, u asked 2 questions. 1) I told your ass a long time ago that Mark didn't have them no more, and u can get at him yourself. U seem to have no problem finding everyone else? 2) why should I go half with u? u had a whole damn studio at Mike's and what did u do? absolutely nothin. U need to stop fucking with me with bullshit. I don't have time. I took time, and put somebody on hold, to write this long ass response. Why? to tell your smart mouth ass DON'T FUCK WITH ME WITH THE DUMB SHIT. 12:58pm
Aaron Atkins
somebody getting fucked up simple ass that terrence dixon to
July 12, 2010 12:21pm
Juan Atkins
give me a break
Did I not tell you to stop posting shit on my wall for a while? did you not just say goodbye to facebook that you were going to concentrate on your music for a while? now you're posting more than ever. How do you think that looks to everyone? 2:41pm
Aaron Atkins
It won't happend again I just won't. You hear my mix and I can't quit facebook its a lot of reasons why but ill leave you along sorry if I botherd you
July 13, 2010 10:05pm
Juan Atkins
I'm just sayin, if you like to make yourself look like an idiot, then why not use another name than Atkins. 10:28pm
Aaron Atkins
Juan i am a Atkins so act like it i am grown dog why should it matter what i am doing on my facebook i have females on here that i talk to everyday including overseas fans as well you cant take away my name i was born with it so deal with it and get well uncle Juan love you and glad your back in Detroit but get well that's all i have to say to you until next year 10:52pm
Juan Atkins
Listen mutha fucka, your last name is Atkins, my last name is Atkins. When you do some stupid shit on the internet, guess what?, it makes me look stupid too. So when you want to say or do something stupid, use an alias. And what the fuck r u talking about "get well"? Little Aaron, ur the one that's sick, not me. And you keep talking shit, ur gonna get more sick. 11:05pm
Aaron Atkins
Juan i am not sick bro i take my medications what about you all you do is talk talk talk and never do ever since you got back in Detroit you been bullshitting me like i am some kind of nigga on the street like its all about Juan Atkins in this family how the fuck you gone tell me you gone pay me 2 times at the demf and i walked away with 20 hoe ass dollars a real nigga would of dropped yo ass but i understand respect your family right i love you man but your mind not right uncle juan get your self together stay off the drugs people that you think your friends really not i heard so much shit about you doing that shit and its rubbing off on me so please get it together you will thank me later when it all said in done smh still love you regardless but aye i face the facts it is what it is
August 23, 2010 10:31am
Juan Atkins
Give it a break man
Everytime I open fb and/or my profile, you are the first thing I see. I look on my caller id and you are on there at least 2 or 3 times a week. Then you call me and fuck with me about how are you doing on the 30 days? 12:54pm
Aaron Atkins
look man forget all that listen to the tracks tell me whats up and drop the heat on metroplex i am really starting to believe that i am not getting any support from my own family look at kyle hall 19 years old full support from his uncle raybone and Carl Craig Omar s niggas then help him all the way look bra there is nothing wrong with what i am doing on facebook its called being hungry for this music Juan i been around this music since i was 8 years old with you man i am 21 now and its time to wake up and support and help the best way you can simple ass that now listen to those tracks and respond back thank you 3:22pm
Juan Atkins
I don't see Kyle Hall on fb calling his uncle a crack head either. There is a such thing called burning bridges, and you are only 1 cunt hair away from that with me. You must learn to think about your actions before you act. Sometimes they have lifelong effects. Some people in the "family" have suggested that I beat your ass, and/or never talk to you again. So consider yourself lucky. 3:37pm
Aaron Atkins
man look for one you need to beat mike banks and derrick may ass they told me its true and others i told you face to face that i was sorry about the bullshit nigga move on or handle it anyways did you listen to the tracks man because i have no time to be on bullshit
August 24, 2010 1:40am
Juan Atkins
Far as I know, no one else has posted no shit like that on facebook but you. 1:50am
Aaron Atkins
So you think that I am a liar lol man you know how many of you so called friends tell me shit about you dog I don't. Care if you do drugs or not I still love yo skinny ass regardless but you need to stop bullshiting and bring metroplex back with new talent 3:49am
Aaron Atkins
Derrick May June 6, 2009 at 8:28pm
your sick young man go get help..that was a test to see your mental state,,you failed,,go back to hospital and get some help…your full of rage and blame blame blame and no self control…i just wanted to see your reaction to a situation that i no you didnt do….aaron go get help,,, until than stop making excuses about what you do and dont have.your no where near being a Jed…and yes your uncle and your aunt are crack heads ask your father …
August 24, 2010 3:24pm
Juan Atkins
This looks like a personal message to you. Anyway, I'm tired of going around in circles about this shit. Niggas are jealous point blank. None of them mutha fuckas can do what I've done or can do. Like I told you years ago, don't trust anybody. No one is your friend, including your family. Don't be stupid. Also, this ain't about what Derrick or Mike said. this is about me & you, fuck them. For you to #1 believe some negative shit some jealous mutha fucka said about me. #2 to back that shit up on the internet, is stupid and is the quickest way to get me to shut you out, with my skinny ass. Do you think calling me skinny is going to help you? You need to back up a little, you or nobody can tell me what the fuck to do. I don't owe you or anybody else a mutha fuckin thang, so if you want my help, then just back the fuck off me for a while and stop talking so much shit, I'm not going to be pressured into shit. And I'm not going to waste anymore time responding to you. So I hope you have enough brains to process this message properly, because if not, and you say or do something stupid and keep fucking with me, then I will have to teach you a lesson, and will not hesitate to use all my power to shut you down. 4:45pm
Aaron Atkins
Man do you and umma do me bra I promise you this is the last time I. Even think about fucking with period
November 30, 2010 2:45pm
Aaron Atkins
the track
you juan is the project you want me to work on ready if so i need the parts.
December 1, 2010 10:44pm
Juan Atkins
Hold tight. Gotta send the man some of your music. 10:46pm
Aaron Atkins
fosho
January 10, 2011 11:26am
Aaron Atkins
call me man
January 13, 2011 12:58pm
Aaron Atkins
call me
what up done with the mix hit me up
January 18, 2011 5:09pm
Aaron Atkins
yo
give me a call when you get back to Detroit
April 14, 2011 9:03am
Aaron Atkins
yo
juan 9:05am
Juan Atkins
done with the mix? 9:05am
Aaron Atkins
mix what mix ? scion 9:06am
Juan Atkins
Bro. the record is out aleady 9:06am
Aaron Atkins
i know that so what mix you talking about sir
and i tried to call you
are you getting any passes for demf ? 9:08am
Juan Atkins
Ok, I'm looking at old shit. No DEMF passes 9:09am
Aaron Atkins
damn they do give you passes what kinda shit is that when you are the creator man just disrespectful 9:10am
Juan Atkins
prolly would if I asked. I'm tired of demf 9:11am
Aaron Atkins
i feel you on that line up anit shit anyways
aye somebody wants to book a gig for you and i he wants to know how much for us both? 9:12am
Juan Atkins
Talk to Corn about that. 9:12am
Aaron Atkins
so direct him to corn far as your end?
April 14, 2011 7:24pm
Juan Atkins
Yep 7:29pm
Aaron Atkins
okay and how are you unc i hope all is good yo way ? stay up and keep doing you
June 3, 2011 3:34pm
Aaron Atkins
http://www.discogs.com/Nebraska-A-Weekend-On-My-Own-EP/master/271094 Nebraska - A Weekend On My Own E.P.
www.discogs.com 3:35pm
Aaron Atkins
HOT SHIT RIGHT HERE THANKS
July 8, 2011 11:11am
Aaron Atkins
yo when you get back to Detroit i have a finish product for you hopefully you like and and wanna put out on metroplex we will talk when you return
July 29, 2011 8:31pm
Aaron Atkins
were you playing at
August 3, 2011 12:16am
Aaron Atkins
yoo
August 7, 2011 8:40pm
Aaron Atkins
WHAT UP DOE
September 5, 2011 9:50am
Aaron Atkins
got those tracks for ya ttyl when you back in detroit
September 18, 2011 10:41pm
Aaron Atkins
did the cd work ?
February 5, 2012 3:35pm
Aaron Atkins
Will it ever be a Aaron Atkins metroplex ep ? Will Juan Atkins ever pass over the torch ? This year we shall see
September 22, 2012 1:43pm
Aaron Atkins
yo juan is a way you can get me a metroplex 25 shirt along with a metroplex medium hoody i can order online man but will pay cash up front
January 2 5:27am
Aaron Atkins
Are you doing ok sir? Wish you find time to.contact me miss ya man let me know how you doing 5:47am
Aaron Atkins
Call me when ever you feel ready but please at least try
March 5 5:51pm
Aaron Atkins
juan add me now rite now
Monday 2:21am
Juan Atkins
What the fuck is wrong with you bro? Delete that shit about a Metroplex 28 party and apologize before you get fucked up!
Oh, and take my picture off ur cover. Someone is going to do something about ur bullshit real soon. And show up at my front door again and I'm gonna blast ur ass!
Today 8:11am
Aaron Atkins
im everywere
might be at the door might be at your gigs
either way you cant hide
see you when i see you