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Coco Cabana was the place to be Friday night for Chubb Rock’s Up-Top Throwback Party. M.V. Palmer Entertainment in conjunction with EnKore Fitness and Radio Grind put together a stellar lineup of some of classic hip hop’s finest MC’s that packed the house for one of the dopest throwback parties to hit Atlanta.
Kool Moe Dee headlined the event alongside Special Ed who doubled as the host, and the phenomenal Chubb Rock blessed the mic as well. It was also a night of celebration as Moe MVP and comedian Manny Jay were on hand to celebrate their birthdays. Hip hop legends Greg Nice, DJ Dynamite, and DJ Hurricane were also on hand for the festivities.
The youngest in charge Special Ed took the stage with his DJ Akshun Love and all of a sudden it was 1989 again and we reminisced for a spell, or shall I say think back to the time we fell in love with hip hop. Special Ed took us through his catalog of hits and set the precedent for a memorable night of hip hop in its purest form. Up next was Kool Moe Dee and he took it to the next level alongside his long time DJ, Easy Lee. What resonated with me during his performance was when he mentioned LL Cool J and their battles on wax. He mentioned that their beef was purely for the benefit of hip hop and it stayed on wax, unlike the beef of some of the rappers today. Kool Moe Dee also mentioned the camaraderie of his generation of hip hop and how they all stick together and support one another. Perhaps my favorite moment of his set was his performance of Go See The Doctor and how the fans were verse for verse on every rhyme. Chubb Rock closed out the show and as usual we were left clamoring for more. Chubb Rock definitely knows how to rock a party as he seamlessly delved into his catalog and also rocked along with the crowd to a selection of hits from the old school.
After all was said and done, Chubb Rock announced that his Up-Top Throwback Party is going to be a frequent event that will showcase our heroes from the golden era of hip hop as well as reggae artists. Some of the artists mentioned were Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, and Shabba Ranks. Looks like Coco Cabana is going to be the premier party location of the summer. Major kudos to Monica Palmer for organizing a spectacular event, and Mic Check Media is eagerly awaiting the next throwback party.
Photos: Carolyn Grady
Re-Cap & Video: Kedric Barrett