Alas, the swollen, dark clouds, which had hovered over our heads, began to pour. There was no way a heavy rain would shake the crowd. Those who did not have umbrellas only began to leave when those Summer rain globs began to pound on their exposed heads. Yet many stayed. Cameo seemingly cut their set short due to the rain, but they did not leave without performing “Word Up.” I would have liked to hear more, but by the powers of the initial “Oh!” from “Word Up,” I was satisfied.
Hip-hop owes a big debt to groups like Cameo. The high-top hairstyle is back in 2013, and we know it was widely imitated by hip-hop heads in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as worn by Larry Blackman. And being that Cameo is originally from New York City, no question that the energy of this band and many of its lyrical cues has affected hip-hop since its big hits of the 1980s.
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