Cap2 Photo by Kristin Kolaczkowski
Didn't the Halloween season seem to last forever this year? How do people come up with so many costumes ideas for all the different events? I can never think of anything to wear so I went out as grown and sexy per usual. On Thursday, I went to the Atrocity Party at Sugar Bar 2, which is in a location that’s part of one of my fondest memories, centered around Dipset’s residency when Chubbie Baby owned it. Then it was called the Red Zone. When I arrived at the downtown nightclub, former Roc-a-Fella Producer Just Blaze was playing a block of Dipset songs. It felt like the good old days of the Red Zone. Just Blaze ended his Dipset segment with Cam’ron’s mention of him “I’ll take a couple bars off/ and let Just live” from the Blaze produced “I Really Mean It.” Before I could say “you crazy for that Just,” the New Jerusalem producer switched up and played a Jay Z song. After a few more Hov and Ye songs the evening became awful. Blaze looped up Biggie’s self-loathing “When I die/I want to Go to Hell/ I’m a piece of shit/It ain’t hard to tell” from “Suicidal Thoughts” over some sort of electronic dance music. I thought, well, this explains it all: dubstep zombies want to go to hell, and so bro-step is a facsimile of eternal misery. After playing Coolio, and a couple rap songs, the whole thing just committed to Babylon-step. There were no Halloween classics like “Nightmare of My Street,” “My Mind is Playing Tricks On Me” or even “Thriller.” The only two conclusions I could I come up with why Just decided to play mainly dubstep are: A) On an Unholy Holiday like Halloween, The Vatican and the CIA required him to play music that promotes the usage of Molly to brainwash, and create criminals for the Prison Industry. If that’s the case, I would offer Freekey Zekey or Dipset was involved with an XTC ring at some point. In addition, rappers Freeway and Rick Ross take their names from a man who sold crack for the CIA, Freeway Ricky Ross. It’s possible to aid the government’s Satanic agenda without having to play lowest common denominator EDM. B) Just Blaze, Jay Z and Bauer had huge success with their EDM heavy song “Higher” so maybe he was catering to one of his audiences. Blaze did loop Jay Z saying, “I don’t Pop Molly. I rock Tom Ford.” from Hov’s song “Tom Ford” at some point so my guess is “B” would be the correct scenario. I just like to complain about most forms of dubstep because it is completely out of a sci-fi novel on how to placate the masses. There was another holiday party last weekend. Jamaican Reggae star Capleton came to the Al Rosa Villa Saturday to celebrate the 83rd Anniversary of Haile Selassie's coronation as the Emperor of Ethiopia. Al Rosa was in full bustle, as Roots High Powered Sound System played conscious reggae classics while the sizable crowd ate, drank and became merry. The warm feeling that permeated became immediately incandescent when Capleton took the stage backed by the Prophecy Band. “The King of Fire” jumped up and down while singing and fast chatting dance hall raps which had an intensity I had not seen since seeing Cleveland Hardcore band Ringworm play at Carabar a while back. Through the duration of Capleton’s performance, he would make very short commentary about healthy living, and also praise Haile Selassie, Marcus Garvey and High Priest Emmanuel while the band would continue the rhythm. The steady beat and momentum allowed Capleton to jump right back into crowd favorites such as “Jah Jah City” without any stoppage. As exhilarating as Capleton's exhalations to Selassie at this coronation show was, they were also pretty educational in terms of a spiritual community. Earlier in the evening, while Roots High Powered was warming the crowd up, selecta Pete Funk thanked and gave praise to Jesus Christ. Apparently, there is a pretty strong overlap between Christianity and Rastafarianism. Haile Selassie was an Orthodox Christian when he was crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in 1930. The coronation was recognized by all of the world's powers so the emergence of a powerful black man resonated with Jamaicans who were in colonial hell. Around the same time, Marcus Garvey was promoting the idea that the spirituality of oppressed people of African descent be separated from their oppressors to avoid control and identity issues. Haile Selassie fit this job listing. He was a black king who had bloodlines that could be traced back to King Solomon. When Capleton sang “Selassie” from his 1994 Method Man duet “Wings of the Morning” during an encore Saturday, watching a room full people sing along was something special.