Legions of fans packed into Webster Hall in New York’s East Village neighborhood last night as the CMJ music festival was kicked off with a bang. Cultural publication Mass Appeal and music streaming site Grooveshark collaborated together for their “CMJ Takeover” showcase. Drinks were passed and the smoky ambience filled the Hall as a “who’s who” of the music game congregated together while the future of Rap took the stage.
With patrons like Atlanta rising group Two-9, Chase N Cashe (who’d both later hit the stage to perform with Casey Veggies), and 40 Oz Van in the balcony area, it provided the perfect viewpoint to watch the show. Performances by new TDE signee Isaiah Rashad, Bishop Nehru, two-man Rock group The Bots, and Trap Club DJ DJ Sliink were all action packed but the show took a turn when the ASAP Mob hit the stage. Originally slated on the bill was ASAP Twelvy, ASAP Ant, and ASAP Nast, so the surprise came they were joined by ASAP Ferg as he performed his club smash “Work." Before it was over, they were joined by ASAP Rocky to perform their jam “Shabba.”
LA rapper Casey Veggies followed performing some older songs like “Ridin’ Roun’ Town” and several tracks off his newest work, “Life Changes.” To close the show out, TDE and Black Hippy member ScHoolboy Q rocked the sold out crowd to a catalog of his work. From “There He Go” and “Druggys With Hoes Again”, to “Collard Greens,” “Banger (Moshpit),” and “Yay Yay,” the crowd sung along with every word. It seemed as quickly as the show started, it had ended, and it definitely was a great start to CMJ.
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