In 2014, the LAByrinth Theater Company produced A Sucker EMCEE, a one-man show from Craig “Mums” Grant. Grant, a poet and actor, used hip-hop and rhymes to tell his life story, from a young boy in the Bronx to a great success in the acting field — he appeared on HBO’s OZ — to back to the Bronx again.
The show will have a limited six-show engagement. The original production team, which included director Jenny Koons, DJRichMedina and set designer David Meyer, are all returning, so expect the same quality as the initial show.
Tickets for A Sucker EMCEE are on sale now and cost $25 in advance and $35 at the door. The show will run from April 26 through April 30, 2017, so jump on this quickly.
A factual report about unsung DJ’s who contributed to the foundational principals of the music known today as Hip Hop. This documentary transports you to a journey back to the early underground disco days of the streets and parks throughout New York City.
-In memory of the late great Pete “DJ” Jones, Rest in Peace
2 weekends ago I was honored with the chance to attend the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Tickets were provided, so I had to make the pilgrimage to NYC to check it out.
The festival similar to the A3C Fest in ATL is celebrating it’s 10th year in operation this year.
Hosted in a vacant lot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (right off the East River) it was a beautiful sunny day for an outside concert for sure. When I arrived Tanya Morgan joined by Spec Boogie were getting on stage. I dipped out and missed a few acts including Brand Nubian, Beatnuts, and who knows who else. Luckily I looked at the BKHHF website that morning, and noticed that Jay Electronica’s set time had been moved up to an earlier time. The post mentioned his set would be epic, and there would be special guests you didn’t want to miss.
30 minutes after his initial set time though, his DJ was still spinning his actual songs to the crowd. The host Uncle Ralph McDaniels and other staff looked like they were stalling, the sound engineer kept checking mics (as if the mics weren’t crispy already from the last performance). I started thinking to myself did this just turn into a Jay Elec listening party? Is he here? Will their be a show?
And FINALLY… Jay graced the stage flanked by a crew of brothers dressed in F.O.I (Fruit Of Islam) garb. Once he appeared, I must say he definitely gave the crowd a show.
The hour long set featured all the joints you would probably expect to hear in a Jay Elect set: “Eternal Sunshine,” “Exhibit A (Transformations)”, “Exhibit C,” etc. Special guests included Mac Miller (who straight forgot whatever verse he was supposed to be spitting) which turned into freestyle session between the two. There was also Talib Kweli, and J-Cole who seemed to appear and disappear rather quickly. The show was going great and had no one else appeared on stage with Jay, I would of been perfectly fine with that.But being the magician Jay Elect is, or course he had a trick up his sleeve and that was none other than Jay-Z himself.
Hov didn’t just pop up to rock the couple cuts he has with Jay Elect, he set it off by his rendition of “Young, Gifted, and Black,” and even gave the crowd a treat of “P.S.A.” as well as his joints with Jay Elect including the latest “We Made It.”
I took a bunch of camera phone pics, and even got some video. Then I saw all these fly pictures and HD video, and put my stuff in the archives. HA. Oh… and before you see these videos, I must mention I ran into Spike Lee who had a 40 Acres Pop Up Shop set up at the fest. I treated myself to a T-shirt and a “Do The Right Thing” behind the scenes book which Spike actually signed… Not too bad considering where we were a few years back! HA.
After this.. CJ Pro Era rocked, and Raekwon did his thing with a few brooklyn guest including AZ, Masta Killa, Troy Ave, and Papoose. But too be honest nothing quite surpassed the energy of the moment seen above.
Biography Len Berzerk was born in Brooklyn but raised on the mean streets of the South Bronx. His passion for music developed early in life. When he heard the song “White Lines” he immediately began imitating the “Street DJ” and started scratching the record. He developed his ear for music with this simple gesture. Eventually, he began producing beats and started rapping over the tracks. His lyrical skills are diverse and he focuses on real life situations. Len Berzerk has been recording since 1991 and received his first break into the industry in 1996. Len Berzerk is credited as a Producer, Video editor, and Rapper.
Len Berzerk continues to create beats and produce albums. His albums can be found on TheOrchard.com, Itunes.com, Amazon.com, Emusic.com, Rhapsody.com, Cdbaby.com, Discogs.com and Myspace.com/LenBerzerk. He plans on releasing more material in the near future, until then Google the name.
P.S. Streetz Pumpin…..
His albums can be found on TheOrchard.com, Itunes.com, Amazon.com, Emusic.com, Rhapsody.com, Cdbaby.com, Discogs.com and Myspace.com/LenBerzerk. He plans on releasing more material in the near future, until then Google the name. Len Berzerk Music.