Sunday, May 5, 2013


I was first introduced to rap back in 1978 when I heard a taped recording of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 and the phrases “1-2-1-2” and “yes yes y’all” gave me goose bumps. Then, in 1981, I watched a nation of B’boys and B’girls from the Boogie Down Bronx battle for bragging rights at the Lincoln Center. That battle was between Rock Steady Crew and The Dynamic Rockers. These were two of many key events that set me on a path for the greater good of living and entertaining.

On Tuesday April 30th at 45 Degrees Martini Lounge I witnessed one of the illest performances in my 35 plus years in hiphop. Takeover 757 and Flying Ginzu Brothers embodied the essences of showmanship and pure artistry. There were no special effects, no back up dancers, or unnecessary cats on stage. From the first track to the last track, Takeover 757 torched the entire stage then took it to the floor as if it were a pass the mice cipher.
Usually you’ll find performances where cats flow and lose their breath so they employ the help of hype men. Not in this case!!! Every Emcee performed with high octane energy that could ignite 30 space shuttles. Plus, their breath control is off the radar. No disrespect to the other crews that put it down, but this is solely my opinion. I have not seen a show like that since Wu-Tang Clan ‘92-’93 when no one knew who they were.

The Flying Ginzu Brothers was the cherry on top. They electrified the scene with filling turntable tricks between Takeover’s sets. You could not have asked for a better show than what had taken place at that night. Dope emceeing, turntablism, and crowd participation. That is my definition of a Dope Ass Show!!!


Check out Jern of TAKEOVER 757 from their album dRugZTape available at