This past Saturday, I hit up the Washington, D.C. stop of the Sneaker Pimps Tour in D.C. Star.
Here's a brief description from the official Sneaker Pimps website on what they're about:
Pretty sweet sounding right? Worth dodging some hipsters, confused people (wearing a dress & stilletos at an event called SNEAKER PIMPS? Really? Looking lost as all get out) and MTV/BET/VH1 freaks (SMH at some folks not even grooving to folks like Wale & J. Cole until they threw up "The Roc" sign), so I thought.
Sneaker Pimps is the worlds largest touring sneaker hip-hop lifestyle exhibition featuring over 1500 pairs of rare, limited edition, vintage, celebrity signed, artists collaborated sneakers and a collection of sneaker inspired artwork, fashion and photography.
The tour also features live street art installations, live skateboarding demonstrations, street basketball competitions and live hip-hop and rock performances by some of the world's foremost recording artists.
The Sneaker Pimps Tour was founded in Sydney, Australia by Peter Fahey and has traveled to more than 60 cities world-wide and put on over 200 shows since 2003.
Over 500 of the worlds top and up & coming street artists have contributed original works to the Sneaker Pimps World Tour, including: Futura, Dave White, Stash, Mister Cartoon, Shepard Fairey, Tokidoki, Dave Kinsey, SBTG, Methamphibian, Doze, Bigfoot, Tkid, Cope2, London Police, Dalek, Claw Money, Lady Pink, Ghost and many more.
After waiting over an hour for pre-paid tickets in line after arriving around 8:15 pm to a huge line of people (bleh at that madness), folks got in and got to check out a really great showcase of DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia) Hip-Hop talent performing on stage, including Ra The MC, Phil Ade, X.O., Kingpen Slim, Wale (with his touring Go-Go Music band, Uncalled 4 Experience aka UCB) & the Clipse who deserve serious co-signage & respect.
The brother J. Cole (recent signee to Roc Nation who's latest mixtape has been killing it) also came through and rocked the house as well.
DJ Heat (dope lady DJ who spins on DC radio station WPGC & founder of the great DMV Music website DCMumboSauce.com) was doing her thing playing the old & new school Hip-Hop in between sets and bro DJ Alizay was rocking it as the host of the event in the area.
Here are some pics and video a sis was able to take of the enviornment of what was a really great night - hopefully it'll give you a taste of some of the Black Music goodness that went down...enjoy! :)
Ra The MC - unfortunately, my camera was acting wacky video wise when the show started & the sis opened as the 1st performer, so I got no video & this pic, but she tore it down; get her mixtape, "A Trip to Neptune" mixed by DJ M.A.F. here
Phil Ade - him, his hypeman & band KILLED it, high energy, good song transitions, etc....Raheem DeVaughn did a good look singing him to his independent label, 368 Music Group, check out his latest mixtape,"Starting on JV", here
Video: Phil Ade Performing Live at Sneaker Pimps, DC (Sat. July 28, 2009)
Some pics of North Carolina Hip-Hop MC J. Cole - video function on the camera was acting wonky again during his performance, but copped these performance pics; check out his recent mixtape, "The Warm Up" here
Video: Kingpen Slim & The Beam Up Crew Performing Live at Sneaker Pimps, DC (Sat. July 28, 2009) (most recent mixtape, "Five Dollar High" here)