By: Isabelle Doll Ngcobo
Photo credit: zeriba Media
Atlanta lNew Years Eve 2016 _ Hip Hop fans toasted the new year in , reliving the good old hip hop days by attending the Old School Hip Hop Festival held at the Phillips Arena in downtown Atlanta. Breaking out their selfie sticks to make some Instagram and Vine-worthy moments in the ATL using Lil John’s Atlanta anthem “Turn down for what”
Hosted by Award-winning comedian, MC Lightfoot, the New Year’s Eve Old School Hip Hop Festival, at Philips Arena, in Atlanta, GA brought together many of this genre’s greates– Scarface, 8 Ball & MJG, Pastor Troy, Juvenile, Mystikal, Trick Daddy, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh, and Jalil & Ecstasy of Whodini.
Reigning supreme were the headliners for the Old School Hip Hop Festival and still at the top of their game, Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick’ who’s collaboration kept attendees on their feet as they took the screaming fans through their high number of classic hits (“Children’s Story” – woohoo), body of work, and on to La Di Da Di” as Doug E.Fresh the first beatboxed rapper showed off his unique rapping abilities ,freestyle versatility and prowess , accuratey imitating drum machines and various other special effects using just his mouth, lips, gums, throat, tongue, and a microphone while dancing his signature dance moves ‘the ” Dougie” with Slick Rick’s eclectic vocals. .Arguably the best performance of the night by the duo ending 2016 with a heck of a finale. and ringing in 2017.
Pastor Troy with his signature championship belt and high energy , opened up the festival with tremendous impact and set the tone for a night not easily forgotten by those who attended. Performing fan favorites such as “Vice Versa” from his fourth studio album, Face Off.
Big Daddy Kane wowed concert-goers with the skills that has placed him on some of the most highly regarded industry lists. The legendary lyricist who has enjoyed several notable collaborations (Jay Z, Ice Cube, Heavy D, Patti LaBelle, Quincy Jones) and gold albums added his musical rays to the venue’s energy with hits like “Smooth Operator”
His peers expertly handled the passed musical baton and ensured that the collective energy.only.got.higher as they owned the stage and their respective sets.
Trick Daddy delighted the crowd with his 2001 hit, “I’m a Thug” which reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100. Veteran and “I am Hip-Hop” (BET Hip Hop Awards) award recipient,
Scarface took attendees on a wonderful musical journey with his hits. His most successful single, “Smile” from his fourth album, The Untouchable and “Mind Playin’ Tricks ’94” from his third studio album, The Diary, were interwoven with other fan-faves. Mystikal’s set wouldn’t be complete without “Danger (Been So Long)”, from his fourth album, Let’s Get Ready, which had peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, and #3 on the Hot Rap Singles. As with all of his musical peers, he wished ATLiens, in attendance, a happy new year but unapologetically (and with a smile) gave a shout-out to his fellow New Orleans natives.
Jalil and Ectasy of Whodini worked the stage as they have since splashing on to the scene over 30 years ago with “Friends” and “One Love” while 8Ball & MJG’s Billboard charting and other hits added nicely to the exciting essence of the festival. Juvenile perfectly set the stage for the festival closers as he moved around further enlivened by attendees who reminded him of why “Slow Motion” hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Singing along with the Southern hip-hop veteran, there was no turning back as festival highlights were noset to become wonderful year-end memories.
The Old School Hip Hop Festival revealed what a compelling and gripping effect the culture of hip hop had and still have on the music industry.
Hip hop fans who missed the New Year’s Eve festivities have more chances to catch the Old School Hip Hop Festival on Feb. 14th in Lousville, KY and April 14th, in Columbus, GA! To find out more about this tour and the Legends of Southern Hip Hop one, please visit www.hiphoplegends.com
Photo Credits: Zerib Media
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