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Posted November 11th, 2009 at 11:38pm
For those who do not know, the Asian Hip Hop Summit is a nation-wide tour, showcasing many of Asian American Hip Hop's super-powers!
Some of the shows were great, others not so, despite the presence of such legendary/veteran performers.
Another factor is the community-feel. The performers do not hang out backstage nor come out late for their shows. In fact, most of them were already at the venue, before the doors even opened...even if they were scheduled to take the stage 3 hours later. They respect their fans, therefore hung out in the open, with everyone...available for signings and photo-ops...some would even have a drink with you. Generally, they do not put themselves on a higher-level than you...you're part of the show too.
Dumbfoundead - hilarious, talented, charismatic, genius...was there since the beginning of the show, drinking non-stop. The more he drinks, the better he is! His youtube channel is awesome! Eminem meets Slick Rick meets ODB meets Biz Markie.
He did an exclusive freestyle for my show too! This was camcorded by L.Scatterbrain (below)...so as soon as it goes up on youtube, you'll see me in it, right next to Dumb! :)
L. Scatterbrain - the host of the event. Tight on the freestyles and beatbox too. Playful and skillful at the same time. IMO, contains elements of Xzibit and Chubb Rock.
DJ Zo - the scratchmaster extraordinaire! AWESOME! He was spinning for most of the acts.
BE ON TIME!!!
The doors opened at 12pm...show only began at 1:40pm, because there were only 12 people in the audience. The sooner the place fills up, the sooner the show starts! And artists' sets do not get pushed back. Not to mention, some had to cut out a few songs, due to time constraints caused by being pushed back.
As for the crowd itself...I was disappointed! They let me down. About only 30 showed up (sorry to write that, Kublai, but I gotta be honest). NYC has the reputation of being a hip hop-loving city (seeing that the culture was born there) and there is also a super-huge Asian population. Regardless of the 12pm/Sunday slot, this is not one of those concerts that you pass up.
Dumbfoundead is featured on 2 tracks from Epik High's new cd. They don't collab with just ANYONE. If skills still paid bills, he'd be selling out these venues easily...singlehandedly.
Flowsik (who I did not see, since I had to leave NYC at 4:30pm) is Ice-T's protege.
So, please New Yorkers, even if 1/2 the lineup is from Cali (along with the promoter, himself), it's real hip hop! Affordable and awesome! A much better bargain than paying 80$ to watch Lil Wayne and T-Pain at the MSG...trust me!
The artists were all nice to me, btw. Some even knew me right away, as soon as I introduced myself to them (I had sent them a myspace message or two a few months back). I wanted new sounds for my show...I got them. I wanted more artists radio-station ID drops...I got them...I wanted more networking with the Asian hip hop community...I GOT IT. Taiyo Na and Magnetic North are now my facebook friends and they are interested in coming up to Montreal, Canada to perform! Isn't that awesome? Sure beats driving 7 hours to see them!
I was like a kid in the candy store!
Since I was pretty much the only person there who recognized all the headliners and talked to them, some guy even fellow-concertgoer thought I was Kublai Kwon! lol
Oh yeah, one last thing...if you approach any of the artists with their cd's bought online, they will be more than delighted and will thank you for purchasing hard-copies of their cd's.