Live Concert Photography: Black Moon and Smif-n-Wessun with Chelsea Reject at SummerStage, Queensbridge Park 7/27/16
It’s been an incredibly busy couple of weeks in the JOVM world. Just last week, I was in Queensbridge Park to catch Black Moon, Smif-n-Wessun and Chelsea Reject spit fiery bars as part of SummerStage’s 31st season of cultural programming across New York’s five boroughs.
Comprised of Buckshot, 5FT and DJ Evil Dee, Black Moon emerged in 1992 with the release of their first single “Who Got Da Props?” in 1992, followed by the 1993 release of their critically applauded, commercially successful, seminal debut effort Enta Da Stage. After the release of Enta Da Stage, the group briefly split up with several members continuing with different creative pursuits — Buckshot famously was a member of the original Crooklyn Dodgers featuring Special Ed and Masta Ace, and formed the equally influential collective Boot Camp Clik, which features frequent collaborators, Smif-n-Wessun along with Heltah Skeltah and O.G.C..
(Photo Caption: Black Moon and the Boot Camp Clik at Queensbridge Park last week.)
Comprised of Tek and Steele, the aforementioned Smif-n-Wessun are perhaps most famously known for being members of Boot Camp Clik, guest spots on Black Moon’s debut effort Enta Da Stage — and their critically and commercially successful 1995 debut Dah Shinin.’
(Photo Caption: This shirt may have been one of the coolest shirts I’ve seen in quite some time.)
(Photo Caption: Concertgoers getting amped up before Smif-n-Wessun’s set.)
Influenced by Lupe Fiasco, N.E.R.D, Lauryn Hill, Nas and Common, Chelsea Reject is an up-and-coming, Brooklyn-based emcee, who has opened up for the likes of Iggy Azela, Talib Kweli, Twista, Isaiah Rashad, Mobb Deep, Buckshot, Sean Price, Smif N Wesson and others — and she opened the night up with a set of positive and forceful lyrics.
(Photo Caption: Chelsea Reject opening up an evening of hip-hop at Queensbridge Park.)
(Photo Caption: Fans having a good time during Chelsea Reject’s set at Queensbridge Park.)