The Lyricist Lounge showcases, albums and television show serve as legendary elements in the foundation of hip-hop culture. On Wednesday night, twenty years in, Danny Castro, Ant Marshall and the rest of the family brought it back to the essence. Their 20th year anniversary reunion party was held in Greenwhich Village at Le Poisson Rouge. It was hosted by Black Thought (The Roots) who “went on an organized rhyme spree” oohing and ahhing the many aficionados into a lyrical conundrum of metaphoric mastery. They also held an exclusive all star open mic with beats by producer, Just Blaze.
DJ Rich Medina, The Bush Babies and Homeboy Sandman threw it back before special guest Prodigy took to the stage performing songs like “G.O.D. Pt. 3”, “Shook Ones Pt. 2” and “Survival of The Fittest”, all of the tracks had fans stuck off the realness. Mos Def & Black Thought’s tribute to The Beastie Boys had everybody chanting, “oho oho oho” then they busted out with the trio’s classic “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”. Before dropping the bass, they cleared their throats and Mos Def paid homage to MCA with a “rest in peace.” Kool Herc defined the monumental quality of this historical moment when he made his very cool appearance defining the presence of a true pioneer. Doug E. Fresh, Peter Gunz and Immortal Technique also made their appearances.
The Lyricist Lounge reunion was a sure shot party that honored two dope decades of time and artistry represented by some of hip-hop’s finest.