Hip hop is(n’t) dead: PremRock and Has-Lo

PremRock & Willie Green

“Kill your idols.” –PremRock

This past Saturday, New York City hip hop fans braved intermittent snow flurries and an L-train closure1 for an evening at Cameo Gallery, which played host to a tetrad of groups representing a cross-section of the northeast underground. The night began with Boston trio Grey Sky Appeal – whose self-released sophomore effort2 has earned comparisons3 to the Beastie Boys. This was followed by a performance from Portland, Maine based Brzowski4 (accompanied by NYC’s DJ Halo) – who blessed the crowd with his very own blend of “east coast weirdo shit”5.

Next up from Philadelphia, Has-Lo6 and Zilla Rocca7 brought the house down with audience favorites including “Everything Is” and Death Cab for Cutie-infused “The Quiet Things”8. The night was capped off by New Yorker (via Philadelphia) PremRock, who rhymed over live beats by producer Willie Green [above]. The set featured material from the pair’s eponymous album9, including Prem’s verses from recent collaboration-turned-video10 with L.A. emcee Open Mike Eagle. Remix project “PremRock & Willie Green: Reassembled” drops on March 12th – you can download Blockhead’s take on “Radio Dial”, featuring verses by Has-Lo, HERE. More photos below.

Grey Sky Appeal

Brzowski

Has-Lo & Zilla Rocca

Has-Lo

PremRock

–words: c.grey; photos: Barnaby

Posted in n't on Thursday, March 1st, 2012.

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