What’s up good people, welcome to the New York Said podcast.
Today you guys are in for a Wild Style treat. I’m going to take you to a Park Jam. I’m talking about a straight up old school hip hop Park Jam.
Let me paint a quick picture.
Dave Chino put the word out that there was going to be a Wild Style 35th Anniversary Reunion at the Amphitheater in East River Park, the Lower East Side. If you’ve never seen the film Wild Style you should, like ASAP. It’ll give you good idea of what a park jam is and I recorded this very episode where they shot the closing scene of that film.
I didn’t know that this was happening until yesterday but I don’t live too far from that park so I just walked over to see what’s up.
Honestly I was hoping I’d bump into Dave Chino to see if I could get an interview but no dice. It was too crowded for that and the chances of me finding anyone was pointless. So I just posted up a few rows from the stage and just took in the vibe.
I had the audio recorder on me so I just started taping stuff.
What I have here for you today is a performance by the Cold Crush Brothers and DJ set by Grand Wizzard Theodore. If you don’t know who these people are, check the show notes to this episode and you’ll find all the info you need
But lemme give you a clue
The Cold Crush Brother are a hip hop group that was form in about 1978. They are especially known for their memorable routines which included rhymes but their harmonies and melodies. This is really foundational stuff here.
Second, DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore invented scratching. Did you hear what I said? You’re about to hear a live hip set with the DJ that invented scratching. He’s also known for his mastery of needle drops.
I didn’t interview these folks but their performances said enough.
So you’re gonna hear the Cold Crush Brothers and right after that Grand Wizzard Theodore does an incredible DJ set.
Shout out to all the folks that were selling nut crackers and ice cold waters and shout out to SummerStage, Charlie Ahearn, Jane Dickson, Patti Astor, Crazy Legs, Martha Cooper, Fab 5 Freddy, Funkmaster Flex and Phade of the Mighty Shirt Kings they were all in the park heavy last night.
Alright ya’ll I’m outta here, enjoy.
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