Hard to believe its been a year since my maiden voyage to the rap Mecca that is NYC.
The Annual Rock Steady Anniversary is poppin this weekend and I can still vividly remember last years, 365 odd days later like that shit was last weekend. Trekkin from BK to Jersey early morn, and partying the day away into night to the likes of EPMD, Artifacts, Black Sheep, Pace won, Canibus, Lakim Shabazz, Chill Rob G, Evil D, DJ Scratch, Immortal Tech and of course the Big Daddy himself to name a few performing their classics a couple feet in front of me.
Severe withdrawals are in full effect, especially since seeing the flyer for this years event! I noticed Natural Elements are blessin RSC34, funnily enough Ive been blasting one of my favourite joints of theirs on the reg lately in memory of my time in the rotten apple last year. Theirs a bunch of odes that bring on those thoughts, but this ones a mad slept on dedication to the tri-boro. If you aint familiar, or forgot about this one, enjoy!
Oh & if your in NY or NJ this weekend, do yourself a favor and get to a real Hip Hop event thats stuck to the script for 34 years. Props to all those who give their time and Crazy Legs for keepin the Anniversary alive!
Heres a cool Kane doco that was brought to my attention recently, believed to have screened a short time ago on US telly. The first parts amazing and shows some classic footage and stills of one of the greatest to ever do it in his prime.
I was blessed enough to see the King Asiatic last year at the RSC Anniversary in NJ, something I thought would never ever eventuate, and he completely stole the show amongst the 30 odd artists and performers on the stage that day. We were treated to nothin but classics and I mean the real rap classics from RAW to Wraith Of Kane, from Set It Off to Aint No Half Steppin… And to top it off we were treated to some ill maneuvers from Kane, Scoob n Scrap takin it back with some ill routines even calling out & battling a couple of the Rock Steady Crew members!
As I was reciting every line to Wraith Of Kane with the crowd, a local Jersey homeboy chillin next to us was buggin as much as me and said “Damn man, I coulda never dreamed id see this shit. You know how much this shit woulda cost to see back in the days?” Im like “…no doubt, I coulda never imagined Id see it either, Im from fuckin Australia…”
23 years after trekking to school armed with a walkman and a fresh dub of Long Live The Kane on a trusty TDK I got to see one of my heroes run them classics.