While most people in NYC were getting busy on the massive toboggan in Times Square or at a pre-Super Bowl concert, a packed crowd was head nodding deep to a handful of DJ’s get busy at Webster Hall. Lord Finesse played host for the night, jokes and antics included. He made an important point of having the crowd playing a game called, “Break Ya Sh*t.” Rules are simple. If you’re caught recording any of the performances on video, anyone else in the crowd is obligated to break they sh*t (aka respect the art of a live set and don’t upload it to Youtube). The judges included DJ Slyce, DJ Spicktakular, GrandWizzard Theodore, and DJ Qbert. The GrandWizzard opened up with a short set as well as a longer set between the two rounds. His longer set had me in disbelief as he beat juggled Wu-Tang Clan’s “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit” and mixed in Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” And of course Qbert threw down an absurd set himself, displaying his signature sped up scratch technique (doing the same pattern of scratches but twice the speed each time) and bits from his upcoming album. In attendance, we had Keith Shocklee (Public Enemy & The Bomb Squad) and Grand Master Caz. The scene was set for a memorable night, to say the least.
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