Everybody loves to reminisce about the golden era of hip hop, those glory days of DJ Kool Herc MacGyvering power lines for his two-turntables-and-a-microphone and spinning breakbeats for all the b-boys and b-girls.
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Except, as then, hip hop's held in the fierce grip of the young, most of whom weren't even born till those grimy days had been polished to a halcyon glint.
Chris Bozeman, aka "Inka One," might throw the closest thing to a Bronx block party this side of 2000, and in L.A., no less. Those boring "beat-head" gatherings that staple people to the floor, staring dumbly at whomever's spinning? Nah, on the first Saturday of every month Grand Star Jazz Club draws folks who actually do what a DJ's supposed to make 'em do--dance. The roster of those who've come through reads like a DJ Hall of Fame list: Exile, Flying Lotus, J Rocc, Houseshoes, Mayer Hawthorne, Nicolay.
Tommorrow's the party's four-year anniversary, and in honor of its inspiration, legendary Bronx-born DJ Pete Rock is spinning. Just to prove those pioneers of hip hop still got it, check out the track Kanye dropped last week on "GOOD Fridays," "The Joy," featuring Pete Rock himself, along with Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield and Kid Cudi: