11 years of EOW…and to celebrate they are having a free event at the Highline Ballroom this Thursday night. My dude the Heavy Hitter DJ DP One will be spinning, and performances include PH (Pumpkinhead), Mecca, Jess Jamez, Final Outlaw, Nems (FYL!), Mazzi of S.O.U.L. Purpose and more. NY underground shit. There will also be a bboy battle. The weather is lovely this week, so I don’t want to hear excuses.
For some reason this week a ton of people have hit me up asking me what’s going on this weekend or telling me that they want to peep some “different” type of Hip Hop shit, not just rap shows and open bars. Well, here’s the answer: Bboy Massacre 7 is going down in Brooklyn tonight, brought to you by Dynamic Rockers, and of course brought to my attention by the Heavy Hitter DP One. The cover is a little steep, sure, but you’re going to see some seriously impressive dancers at this thing. I promise. It’s an all ages event and is going down at 525 Waverly Ave. in Brooklyn. Doors opened an hour ago, but it goes until 2am. I’ll be heading over in a little bit. Avoid that bridge and tunnel club crowd and do something different on this lovely evening!
The Heavy Hitter DP One (also of Turntable Anihilists, the Universal Zulu Nation, etc.) is out chillin in Japan right now, and sent me through this video of him having some quality time with a crossfader during soundcheck at an event in Fukuoka. In case you’ve never seen him really spin, he’s a beast with the cuts. In fact you’ve probably heard his cuts before and didn’t even realize it. Like on this track for example…
Do you like dancing? Do you like music that makes you want to dance, especially of the funk, house, break beat, old school hip hop, or salsa variety? Do you like drink specials? Yeah, me too. That’s why YOU should be at this week’s Behind the Groove party, thrown by Kwik Step and Rokafella of Full Circle Productions and the wonderful Heavy Hitter DP One. This week’s event is especially significant because we will be celebrating the launch of DP One’s new website, and they have special guest DJ Enuff coming through to destroy the turntables. When they say no dress code they mean it – you might want to wear comfortable shoes. This isn’t a stilettos and “hair done, nails done, everything did” type of party. Dance. Let loose. The energy this party always brings is crazy. I’m not even a dancer but if I get drunk enough you might see me doing a little uprock. OK, maybe not because I’m cutting back on drinking. But you know, maybe. Please don’t put it on YouTube.
Of course, they do this party every month so if you can’t make it this time you can go to the next one, but why would you do that to yourself? Heavy Hitters will be in the building. Team ThatsEnuff will be in the building. Full Circle is in the building. Oh, did I mention there are always fly ass bboys there too? Yeah, fly ass bboys will be in the building. And on that note, that’s all I have to say about that. Get your asses to Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday!
I’ll be in D.C. most likely at a Kendrick Lamar show testing my skills against a Gentleman Jack open bar when this will be happening, but I’m convinced it will prove to be a great night regardless. Deity, on Atlantic Ave., will surely turn into a sweaty mess when DJ’s DP One (Heavy Hitters), Sancon, Suwa, and Peace all get on the turntables Friday night. The last time I was at Deity and a guy from Japan was spinning, it was my birthday last year and I definitely saw some familiar faces. And some faces that I didn’t know personally but that I was familiar with, like Jeru da Damaja. Needless to say this draws a unique crowd.
Yes, there’s a $10 cover, ouch, but that can be avoided by showing up between 10-11 when the door should be free. Additionally, they will be accepting donations which will go to the Red Cross to support relief efforts in the shaken up, tsunami’d, and radiated nation of Japan. That’s a lot of disaster to combat right there, so, you know, keep that in mind. You’ll also receive a free, limited edition Brooklyn Delight mix CD with any donation. Don’t ask me details, I don’t know. That’s just what the e-mail said. So go! Party. For Japan. For a free CD. Friday nights in Manhattan are overrated anyway.
I have a long day today but if all works out I’ll be at this later tonight (aka if my early morning appointment, dinner, and Torae’s EP release party don’t tire me out). Come through to Stay Lounge, don’t let the blogger label scare you. Open bar (Pool Vodka) from 9-10pm, and the party goes until 4am. Some good friends of mine will be in attendance, like Meka of 2dopeboyz doing a DJ set, and Dallas Penn guest hosting alongside a few lovely gentlemen like Low Key and Kevin Clark. Expect people to be dancing on sofas, it usually happens. It’s that sort of thing. Come party yourself into a Friday morning hangover. Or a sick day if you live that kind of life.
If drunken sofa dancing isn’t quite your thing, there’s another great option being held by my wonderful friend, the Heavy Hitter DP One. A monthly party every 2nd Thursday at Le Poisson Rouge, Behind the Groove is a lot of fun, and a great party for dancers. Salsa dancers, b-boys and b-girls, house fiends, you’re all going to have a great time here. They spin the best in House, Salsa, old school Rap, Funk, and Break Beats, and it’s always filled with New York City’s best dancers. Shout out to my homegirl Rokafella who always holds the door down. Last month was nothing less than an amazing time, with Heavy Hitter DJ Big Ben coming through for a guest set (he killed it) and DJ GI Joe and Choppa tha Beatboxa coming through for a very special performance. You missed some dope shit if you weren’t there. Basically, it’s some of the city’s most talented DJ’s, playing some of the greatest music ever, with some of the city’s best dancers. This should be a no-brainer. Also important to note the special guest DJ this month is the Heavy Hitter DJ Lead, coming all the way from Japan. That’s dope. I may try to make an appearance at this anyway.
Tonight, February 2nd, The B Side Show is back in effect! DJ Quiz, the Heavy Hitter DP One, and myself will be live on air, playing dope music, talking some shit, and interviewing our special guest for this week, the Editor in Chief of The Source. Tune in live at 10pm (Eastern time, that’s 7pm for all you California people) at http://www.alistradio.net/. Don’t forget to hit up that chat room!
Every second Thursday of the month marks the Behind the Groove party at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, brought to you by Full Circle Productions and DP One/Kwik Step. I’ve been to a couple of these and always end up having a good time. It’s not your average Hip Hop party – it’s more geared towards dancers, with an emphasis on Breaks, Funk, Soul, House, and maybe even some Salsa. It’s the kind of party where it’s hard to stand still. This month’s is particularly special though as it’s celebrating DP One’s birthday (and some others), and Heavy Hitter DJ Big Ben will be doing a special guest set. The homies GI Joe and Choppa are slated to come down from Boston and it’s going to be a guaranteed good time. Hope to see you there.
This ain’t some new shit but there’s a big chance it’s some shit you still haven’t heard. The fam DJ GI Joe and DP One are not only incredible behind the turntables, but they’re well versed in the bboy scene as well. Hell, DP One reps all the elements of Hip Hop to the point that it’s a bit mind boggling how he can do it all. But you don’t have to be a bboy to enjoy some good breaks. They went in on this mix, so I’m going to share it with you since Joe went ahead and put up a fresh download link for it. Shit is flames. Fuego. Incendiary. Arson. All that flammable shit. I can’t wait until they get back into the studio to do some more tapes. Those two never disappoint as far as music goes.
BONUS VIDEOS: Check out these old YouTube clips of the making of the mixtape…cameos from the homies Choppa, Southpaw (producer for Immortal Technique), and more.
DP One is in Japan right now doing his thing for Red Bull BC One and tearing up the party scene with the oh-so-fresh DJ Sarasa, and GI Joe is about to leave for California to do a show with Immortal Technique, but if you see these guys in your city definitely check out their sets. They got skills. If you need cuts on a record, a mixtape hosted or mixed, a DJ for a party, whatever, just let me know.