Queens, New York, is the birthplace of many musical innovators. Simon and Garfunkel, The Ramones, Run-D.M.C. Hip hop in particular has always been strong in Queens; Queens is THE STRONGEST borough, in fact. Angry old men in the Bronx might dispute it, but the truth is the truth. Nas is from Queens, 50 Cent is from Queens. Russell Simmons is from Queens and he had a major hand in developing the multi-zillion dollar rap industry we all know and love.
To celebrate the greatest region in the history of rap, LiveNDirect–in association with Mass Appeal magazine & Live Nation–have put together Queens Day: a night of full on rap madness, featuring the cream of the crop emcees from Queens. Irving Plaza is the venue, June 19th is the date, Prodigy (Mobb Deep), The Beatnuts, Heems (Das Racist), DJ Rob Swift, World’s Fair, Big Baby Gandhi and Rekstizzy are the microphone controllers. A percentage of sales will be donated to a charity close to Prodigy’s heart, the Sickle Cell Association of America.
Here’s some info:
VIP DOORS**: 6:00 PM
GENERAL PUBLIC DOORS: 7:00 PM
ON SALE NOW: http://www.livenation.com/event/000048A3EDC9D889
**VIP PRESHOW EXPERIENCE
Early Entrance : Doors at 6 PM
A special Q&A session hosted by Mass Appeal w/ Sasha & Prodigy about the HNIC Trilogy.
Eat Taiwanese Street Food provided by Eddie Huang’s eatery BaoHaus.
Gain access to the area behind the soundboard for the duration of the show.
$1 sold from every ticket will be donated to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America
This is a historic event.
“Other boroughs have always been jealous of Queens because our emcees have been able to have both mainstream success and a healthy respect on the street level,” says Mass Appeal Editorial Director Sacha Jenkins. “Decades later, we’re still here making noise on the mic and it’s such an honor to deliver this diverse range music in one evening. Only a Queens native like Peter Oasis would dream up a line up this great.”
Mobb Deep’s legacy is undeniable. The dynamic duo, featuring Havoc and Queens Day headliner Prodigy, continue to have an influence on the generations of emcees who have emerged in the years since. The Beatnuts are another two man crew from Queens who have made a dent in the history of the genre, not only by way of their lyrical prowess and production savvy; as Latinos, they’ve helped to kick down doors and serve as a guiding light for other latin-Americans with a knack for telling tall tales over tracks. Rob Swift is one of the most respected and gifted DJs in the world and with his hands he speaks a language that few people are fluent in. Heems, World’s Fair, Big Baby Gandhi and Rekstizzy represent what’s real TODAY. What is urgent and funny and lyrical and serious and furious today.
This is Queens. A galaxy of fun. Come down on the 19th and learn about what your life has been missing out on. Feel complete again. Get your tickets now at LiveNation.com.