A Salute to Hip Hop

On a steamy, Sunday afternoon, hundreds of New Yorkers gathered at the SummerStage in Central Park to witness the fine art of performance rap and relive the evolution of Hip Hop culture.  Underneath dashing clouds, Dj and radio host Funkmaster Flex took the mostly mature crowd on a trip down memory lane, navigating through many of the early eighties classics that he and the artists who followed grew up listening to.

DJ Scratch moved the music further along the timeline, taking a few moments in between to demonstrate the turntablism that earned him his name.  EPMD soon joined him, blazing through “You Gots to Chill”, “Gold Digger”, “Crossover” and other crowd favorites.

After a passing storm brought down brief periods of heavy rain and forced out a sea of umbrellas, Rakim, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Eric B & Rakim’s time-honored, Paid In Full, brought his swagger onto the stage.  He breezed through the catalog that has made him one of the world’s most respected emcees.  The “Microphone Fiend” surprised those in attendance, not only with his prowess on the cutting tables but with guest appearances from Uptown’s Peter Gunz and Queensbridge’s own, Cormega.  Hip Hop wins again.

– Alt. Ego

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Posted on August 23, 2011, in Events, Videos and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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