i often have busy nights and last Friday was a really busy night as I started off my night at Littlefield for Rabbi Darkside’s Prospect Avenue Album Release Show, and then had to run to catch French Horn Rebellion’s late night set at Brooklyn Bowl with Jody Watley. (It included trying to figure how i could get to Williamsburg from Gowanus without making a gigantic circle in the borough – simple answer: yellow cab.) Sadly, I had to bolt about halfway during Rabbi Darkside’s set to make French Horn Rebellion’s set.
Anyway, it was a great night of local, independent hip hop. The Hip Hop Re-Education Project, which does a great job inspiring and young, marginalized and disaffected youths through hip hop music and culture, brought out some of their talented young people – it included a slam poet, who was a bit nervous but was cheered on by a loving and understanding audience; a beatboxer, and a few really talented rappers.
The Hip Hop Pyramid was a playful take on the Pyramid Game and some of the “contestants” responses were hilarious, as various emcee’s rhymed the clues.
And during his set, Rabbi Darkside proved that he was one of the area’s unheralded emcees – in fact, much like Homeboy Sandman, Rabbi D employs complex rhyme schemes and covers a variety of subjects with a probing, righteousness and wit. The material on new album is probably his most politically charged album and he does all of this without seeming overbearing. With a backing band, the set had the loose, warmly improvised feel of the Freestyle Sunday series at 5 Pointz and at Freestyle Monday. Quite impressive, really.
The Hip Hop Re-Education Project
The Hip Hop Pyramid
This young woman was really moving during the DJ sets.
Me, fooling around a bit.
For these photos and the rest of the photos from this night of hip hop, check out the Flickr set here: