The Rick Dees Ultimate Old School Jam presented by Hot 92.3 was a big PARTY! The Sugarhill Gang, Mellow Man Ace, Young MC, Doug E. Fresh, Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Newcleus, Soulsonic Force, MC Lyte, Tone Loc and the Westcoast Poppers all took the stage at the Gibson Amphitheatre on Friday, September 23, 2011.
Young MC was performing his biggest hit, Bust a Move, when I arrived at the venue. My hands immediately went in the air and I was waving them around like I just didn’t care! Doug E. Fresh had the crowd blown away with his beatboxing on The Show; Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock had the audience rhyming along with them onIt Takes Two; The beat was pumpin’ with Mellow Man Ace on Mentriosa; It got hot in the place when Grandmaster Melle Mel took his shirt off and performed Whitelines; Tone Loc rapped about having a Funky Cold Medina; The Sugarhill Gang took it back with the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit, Rappers Delight; Newcleus and Soulsonic Force made the B-boys and B-girls proud with their break beats.
Speaking of B-Boys, I had the pleasure of meeting Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers, star from the 1984 flick, Breakin’. I’m a huge fan of the hip hop era and its four elements which are MCing, DJing, breaking, and graffiti. I tend to pop-lock every now and then…don’t judge me! I even took up a breakdancing class with J.U.I.C.E click here to watch my attempt at doing a freeze called “the Baby.” So I was very excited to meet Boogaloo Shrimp and tell him how he’s inspired me. Watch as we pop-lock and chat together below. I also received pop-lock lessons with Dr. Cosmo…and we even rapped La Di Da Dee together…check that video out as well! He’s currently involved with the Hip Hop School of Arts.The two will star in the upcoming documentary based on the Westcoast Poppers. I can NOT wait to see the film.
There was so musch history and so many legends in one place. It was an honor to meet mostly all of the artist and talk to them about their influence in hip hop. Back in the day, people thought hip hop was a fad, but it’s been 20-30 years and these artist arte STILL performing and keeping hip hop alive. Check out a slideshow of my pics with the performers below.