For his third annual birthday bash, Hot 97 DJ/personality Peter Rosenberg combined his passion for rap and wrasslin’ in an electrifying show of hip-hop entertainment, best known as Peter Palooza. The Wrestlemania-themed show touched down in Times Square at the Best Buy Theater last Wednesday (July 23), equipped with its own announcer, Legend Larry and wrestling ring-shaped birthday cake.
The first act of the night was Chris Rivers, son of the late great Big Pun, who spit a vintage verse from his old man to pay homage. To follow up, Retch, drenched in Polo Sport, hit the stage and represented for Jersey.
Then TDE’s most fro-y one Ab-Soul was up next, hitting the audience with his latest offerings “Tree of Life” and “Stigmata”. He also provided a smooth transition into Danny Brown’s set with a live rendition of their collabo “Terrorist Threats.” Brown traded places with Soul and turned PP3 into a rap-rock concert. Laced in all black, leather, and sporting a blue fade, Danny launched into his turn-up starters “Smokin and Drinkin,” “Blunt After Blunt,” and “Monopoly.”
No rap show would be complete without the larger than life Action Bronson. When the ginger-haired MC arrived on stage to his own personal entrance music, “Mr. Wonderful,” he stomped onto the stage like the championship belt for bars was his for the taking. He performed his signature tracks “The Rockers,” “Pouches of Tuna,” and “Amadu Diablo,” while his producers, Party Supplies, strung out on the guitar.
The main event came in the form of headliner SchoolBoy Q. Top Dawg’s own delivered cuts from his major label debut Oxymoron including “Hands On The Wheel,” “Break the Bank,” “Collard Greens,” and “Studio.” But once “Man of the Year” dropped, it provided the perfect anthem for the night’s celebrant.—Shanelle Drakeford