ICON Live: New York.
Friday, Jan 19th at The Jazz Kitchen.
Old SOUL Entertainment presents
ICON Live: New York.
Friday, Jan. 19th
@ The Jazz Kitchen.
Live performance from PHAROAHE MONCH
DJ Boogie Blind & DJ MetroGnome.
10PM. $10 Adv. 21 & over.
About the ICON party
ICON is a DJ Tribute Party that celebrates the people, places and times that have influenced Old SOUL Entertainment. The party takes place at The Jazz Kitchen. We use this night to pay homage to our musical influences. So far, we've reviewed the catalog of James Brown, Dr. Dre, Fela Kuti, Outkast, Notorious BIG, and most recently Michael Jackson and Prince.
About New York / East Coast Hip-Hop
Hip-hop was born in the South Bronx of the 1970s under oppressive conditions. In response to limited resources, poverty, and gang violence that riddled the New York City borough, black and Latino youth came together in an effort to improve the community, expressing themselves through rapping, breakdancing, graffiti art, and turntablism.
Over 40 years later, hip-hop has become a worldwide phenomenon, reaching every corner of the globe and shaping the identities of a whole generation of young people. Kids today are just as invested in hip-hop culture as they were in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s.
East coast hip hop is also referred to as New York rap due to its origins and development at block parties thrown in New York City during the 1970s. Hip hop is recognized to have originated and evolved first in New York; East Coast hip hop only became a distinct subgenre after artists from other regions of the United States emerged with different styles. In contrast to other styles, East Coast hip hop music has prioritized complex lyrics for attentive listening rather than beats for dancing. The main components of hip hop culture from that time and still today are MC’ing, DJ’ing, break-dancing, and graffiti.
In contrast to the simplistic rhyme pattern and scheme utilized in old school hip hop, East Coast hip hop has been noted for its emphasis on lyrical dexterity. It has also been characterized by multi-syllabic rhymes, complex wordplay, a continuous free-flowing delivery and intricate metaphors. While East Coast hip hop does not have a uniform sound or standard style, it tends to gravitate to aggressive beats and sample collages. The aggressive and hard-hitting beats of the form were emphasized by such acts as EPMD and Public Enemy, while artists such as Eric B. & Rakim, Boogie Down Productions, Big Daddy Kane, Nas, JayZ, Notorious B.I.G and Slick Rick were noted for their lyrical skill. Lyrical themes throughout the history of East Coast hip hop have ranged from lyrical consciousness by such artists as Public Enemy and A Tribe Called Quest to mafioso rap themes by rappers such as Raekwon and Kool G Rap.