Hip-hop is rich in culture—constantly being passed down from generation to generation. However, with each coming and going of great MCs, it’s important that we never forget the ones who laid down the blueprint for it all.
That’s why this past Sunday’s Rock Steady Crew 36th Anniversary Concert—sponsored by the good people at Summerstage—proved to be a performance that was much needed, and won’t be soon forgotten.
Performances included opening raps from Homeboy Sandman, Craig G, and Brooklyn native Torae—all performing some of their notable hits for a packed audience at Central Park. The night really kicked off when breakdancing legend Crazy Legs brought out the entire Rock Steady Crew to put on a stage-rocking dance performance full of head spins and intense footwork. Other notable stage appearances included Special Ed—joined by Japan’s own Supreme Team and Zhigge of “Toss It Up” fame—legendary producers DJ Premier and Large Professor, DJ Tony Touch, and D-Story, who blessed the crowd with some of the best throwback dance moves from the early 90s.
By the time Pete Rock & CL Smooth hit the stage—showing major love to Mount Vernon, NY & Team 914—the rain started coming down heavy, but that wasn’t enough to disengage the crowd from the hip-hop history happening on stage. Ending the night by bringing out Camp Lo for “Luchini (This Is It),” Pete Rock proved why the term ‘legend’ is a more than suitable prefix to his name.
Scan through photos in the following gallery to get a closer look at the Summerstage experience