Hip-Hop is as Hip-Hop does, and on this night it did exactly what it was supposed to; it brought people together; it entertained; it pleased, it was live. It’s contributors, The Cool Kids, Chicago based rap tandem was held down by opening acts Blind Benny and Rockie Fresh, whom each did their part in serving HIP-HOP, in serving the crowd.
The scene was Williamsburg. Everything that is good about Hip-Hop was on display as die hard fans fell in line @ the Brooklyn Bowl (wythe street and 11th). For the better part of 2011 I feel like I’ve been to every venue, heard everything worth mentioning. August 10th was different. As I looked around I saw movement, not faces, I heard lyrics not rhetoric. Not a hand down in the place, or arm for that matter as the not only The Cool Kids but Rockie Fresh and Blind Benny kept the crowd in tune and very responsive. Íf I could I would tell Nas that Hip-Hop was alive. So were his lyrics, “do the smurf do the wop baseball bat, rooftop like we bringing 88 back”. 88, the mere thought of it seems so ancient, yet its influence was in decibals. I am not one for making too many suggestions, I’d rather substantiate. So If I may let me introduce to you my latest–Green Label Sound is like no other.
Artistry abound, mayhem in tow, a live band that without a doubt you should know. Is it Blind Benny or just Miss Jade, some what similar yes but the name still remains. How Fresh was Rockie? Yeah he was “Gone” (his newest single), and you could bet the house that the crowd wanted more; When it was his time to leave. Not only did Mikey Rock, but so did Chuck English; And I can’t for the life of me choose between ’88’ or my original favorite cut, “Pennies on the Ground”. Apart of me was quietly wishing that the LEP Bogus Boys would appear and do “Counting My Money”.
No gimmicks, no commercials- that vibe that had you impressed, that had you feel like it was genuine; a little bit of everything that made you fall in love from the beginning with HIP-HOP. Yes, Hip-Hop, that’s what it was all about. No nonsense, no interruptions, just music and good times. Rumor has it that the duo will show face @ Brooklyn Bowl for another go around, which will be a MUST SEE. If you are a fan like me, then you know where you will need to be.
Here’s some footage from the show…
The Cool Kids
Images by Jay Bastien for Parlé Magazine
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