fanIIsee: #SummerStage16 recap

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On a summer Sunday in Central Park, there were a multitude of witnesses watching Goldlink preach his gospel for an hour. He was accompanied by Brasstracks and the heavenly vocals of April George. My summerstage neighbors asked why he spoke in a sing-song manner. They had no clue that it’s not only his thingbut also his rap style. Pastor GL Smooth performed popular cuts like “Sober Thoughts“, “Planet Paradise“, “Spectrum“,  and even let his newest song “Fall in Love” rock for the first time. See below

In between songs he checked in with his congregation to hand out blessings in the form of hip-hop party records. As soon as Fatman Scoop said “BASS DROP” the holy spirit moved through the crowd and the flood gates were open for good times.

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In the middle of Goldlink’s set, newcomer Masego brought his uptempo and eclectic act to the stage. He was donning a gold saxophone necklace to match the one he played so beautifully. Songs like “Send Yo Rita”, “Girls That Dance”, and “Bounce” were well-received (she got dem yams!). The DMV love was apparent on stage and in the crowd. The Backyard Band were also a part of the connection as they brought forth devotional with go-go tunes and mixed in hits such as “The Light” by Common, “Around My Way” by Talib Kweli, and “Hello” by Adele.

 

In the end, no one wanted to see Goldlink give his benediction so abruptly as he exited stage left without closing in prayer or saying peace. Instead, his DJ and band rocked for about 10 more minutes and then it was over. After, I walked around the park, enjoyed the sunset and was welcomed back into realitee by encountering train delays on 86th St’s non-air conditioned subway platform while trying to get home.

 

fanIIsee: Stretch & Bobbito– Radio That Changed Lives Screening

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Date: Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Time: 7 pm

Location: Brooklyn Historical Society

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Celebrating the 25th year anniversary of their radio show, Stretch and Bobbito gifted a well-made hip-hop documentary that featured some of hip-hop’s favorite stars, pioneers and radio personalities to properly pay homage. Thanks to a strong Kickstarter campaign, it’s bringing back the nostalgia of the 90s– where hip-hop wasn’t about the love of money, but actually for the love of the culture. Tapes and turntables played a huge part of that timeline but it was Stretch and Bobbito’s dedication during 4-hour graveyard radio shifts that helped jumpstart many careers and gave their audience something to look forward to each week. In the 95-minute film, there’s many unreleased freestyles– including a nasty Notorious B.I.G. sixteen and a Big Pun verse that not even Joey Crack remembers hearing. Watching the film is a brilliant way to fall in love with hip-hop again and enjoy the city before it gets NYC “brick” outside. The documentary will be playing at the Brooklyn Historical Society and can be streamed online at anytime via Vimeo.

For more information go to: stretchandbobbito.com