Thursday, April 8, 2010

Recap: Gifted release party (11/20/09)

It's anutha belated photo recap post. This time from Gifted da Flamethrowa's release party for the excellent Street Symphony - an album that was one of my top 5 faves from 2009.

Here's the rundown:
All photos by Sketch the Journalist

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DJ Primo kicked things off with a spin set that included video mixes and kept the crowed entertained while we waited. (Has a Christian hip hop concert EVER started on time?)

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Trevor Lee was MVP of the night - running sound, performing, and acting as a hype man for everybody.

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Here's a still shot of the dope Street Symphony video that Primo hooked up to run in the background of the event.

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Von Won and the Sheep in Wolves Clothing fam rocked a set with some ski masks. Tracks included "Bow Down," "Jesus Lives" (peep the official video here), and "Game Time."

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Von addressed the crowd and informed us that Gifted and his fam were on the way. Apparently Gifted caught a legit flat tire during his travels that delayed him for about two hours.

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Gifted's son, Young Anointed aka Y.A., flexed his freestyle skills upon arrival. Kid can flow.

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Gifted da Flamethrowa finally hit the stage to perform some new tracks (like "Free Us" feat. Bishop Lester Love) and a few throwbacks including his "66 Ways" jawn.

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And of course, he had to bring up Denzil for that dancehall-tinged "Hands Up" jam. (Peep the official video for that here.)

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Gifted also gave props to Pastor Mukes who helped him grow spiritually and as an artist with Bound 4 Glory Records.

Through gold teeth and a think New Orleans accent, Mukes gave a message about that value of Christian hip hop and said that if God can speak through a donkey, He can speak through rap music. After all, the Enemy uses it. We just have to take it back and speak life.

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Afterward, Gifted kicked with friends, family, and fans.

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And showed off the new CD with his beautiful bride (and femcee) Zeeda.

1 comment:

Trevor said...

Ya Ya, that night made that place look small. We were like, "Forget fire hazard! We got Christ covering us!" lol

Trevor Lee