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Jukebox | Retro-Active Dance Party put on for the city once again in a major way last night at 595 North. Jukebox hosts this event on a regular basis, and it was done in conjunction with Muddy Water Management Goup, Mix Mine Productions, Lyrics To Go, and Jarmond Entertainment Media (JEM). It was the Ladies of HipHop Edition featuring DJ Spinderella and Monie Love, and it definitely was a night to remember as people were able to enjoy great music and dancing.
Pearl started the evening off as our mistress of ceremonies as DJ Naturel was first on deck to warm up the 1’s and 2’s. You can definitely tell that DJ Naturel is a seasoned veteran of turntable wizardry. She knew how to keep the crowd hype by keeping continuous classic records in heavy rotation. DJ Rasyrious followed DJ Naturel and also keep the crowd hype by taking the party to the next level. That is one of the things about the ladies that made the evening so special. They each brought something different to the evening. With DJ Rasyrious we got to hear a lot of break beats and sampled music, then she expertly blended in the record that sampled the music.
A few of the industry’s finest were in the building as well sharing in the evening’s event most notably, Greg Nice of Nice & Smooth. Ms. Golden Era of Lyrics To Go was celebrating her birthday with some of her closest friends. The headliners of the evening were up next and these ladies did not disappoint. If you had never seen them perform before you would have thought that they had been in a group together for years because of their energy and chemistry with one another. DJ Spinderella blasted 595 North into the stratosphere as soon as she plugged into the wheels of steel. Monie Love was the Ying to DJ Spinderella’s Yang as Spinderella churned out classic hip-hop and R&B, house music, and a few notable 80s pop records.
These ladies are definitely great friends who vibe with each other on a sisterly level. They were both equally engaged with the crowd dancing and having a great time. Some of the highlights of their set was when Spinderella hit us with DWYCK by Gang Starr and Greg Nice blessed the mic with his verse. Monie Love hit us with her verse from Ladies First with Queen Latifah, as well as taking us back with all the dance moves from the golden era. Overall it was a fantastic evening put on by Jukebox, and I’m sure they have already went back to the drawing boards to come with another stellar event to be as equally dope as the Ladies of HipHop Edition.
Write-up – Kedric Barrett
Photos – Carolyn Grady