m.i.a. in central park yesterday

DigitalDjigit

Honky Tonk Woman
I was walking around Central Park yesterday and totally accidentally stumbled onto the free M.I.A. concert. Anyone else was there?

It was pretty interesting in that it was exactly the kind of stuff this board champions (aside from Grime).
First was some Desi DJ playing Bhangra and Dancehall (east to west Indies) and a little hip hop and closed off with a Baile Funk track (with a cryptic "that's what they told me to do" comment before she walked off). Then it was Mr. Vegas with an energetic set of dancehall classics and his own tunes. The crowd knew every song and sang along. Then it was Diplo ripping shit up with Hip Hop, r'n'b, electro, a big chunk of "Favela on Blast" (after the first track he got on the mic to ask if we like this kind of music. After some scattered confirmations he proceeded) and dancehall naturally. Then it was M.I.A. I have to confess here that I haven't really heard any of her stuff aside from "Galang" but does every one of her songs use a borrowed beat? I heard "loose lips", dead prez "bigger than hiphop" and a few other things I can't recall anymore from all over the map. The crowd definitely came to see her because nearly EVERYONE was singing along and she didn't even have to work very hard to get them hyped.

Very mixed crowd: carribeans, latinos, asians, indians, whites. It seemed very young. Almost noone older than early-mid 20's and loads of teenagers.

Near the end she asked if anyone was from Baltimore right before a track using a Baltimore club beat, I had to represent, of course, even if I have nothing to do with Club music.
 
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dominic

Beast of Burden
i competely forgot about this -- and am beside myself with disappointment

by all accounts, the mia show was brilliant -- in every single respect -- save for what was evidently an incredibly long line to get into the concert area

again, this just shows that however dodgy mia's story or promotion (terrorism chic), in america we don't care where you're from or how you got to where you are -- what matters is where you're at -- and mia is simply on top of the new sounds and makes the sounds palatable

and "palatable" is a good word in my book
 

dominic

Beast of Burden
Tate said:
Next weekend: Kano and Roll Deep at the Knitting Factory.
way ahead of you tate, mate!

and fuck the knitting factory -- the best things in life are free!

(scroll down to the miscellaneous section)
 

Eric

Mr Moraigero
dominic said:
and fuck the knitting factory -- the best things in life are free!

(scroll down to the miscellaneous section)

???

referring to the show with Juelz?
 

dominic

Beast of Burden
i was merely joking around

of course people should go to the knitting factory show -- b/c that has BOTH kano and roll deep

however, the free party in east river ampitheater has dipset crew, heat crew, kano, mc cameo and POSSIBLY roll deep for an instant or two -- and it's FREE

and it's been posted in the miscellaneous section for a while now
 

dominic

Beast of Burden
i ran into greg poole yesterday and asked him about roll deep -- he didn't make any promises, but he also didn't say no
 
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