Photos: Mr. Complex Swiss Chocolate Cake Album Release, Drom, NYC
On March 8th, 2012, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the official Swiss Chocolate Cake album release party kicked off and kicked off well. The event featured exclusive screenings of Pharohae Monch’s new video with Jill Scott “Still Standing”, as well as Mr. Complex’s “Holy Smokes” music video, followed his short film, “Fanatic”.
Rawhead & Midas later started off the evening in the DJ booth, followed by Brooklyn’s own, Maya Azucena. Next, a set from two Hip Hop legends: Jarobi (ATCQ) & Dres (Black Sheep) who debuted some new tracks off of there upcoming project together and later finished their set with some familiar classics from back in the day.
Shortly after that, Mr. Complex took the stage with his live band and rocked some tracks off of the new album, as well as some Plex classics, joined by El Fudge. Then DJ Crossphada joined him alongside Polyrhythm Addicts members Tiye Phoenix, Shabaam Sahdeeq & Pharoahe Monch to rock the classic “Reachin”.
Big thanks to Drom for the hospitality, and to everybody who had the place packed. It was a very memorable night for us all.
Platform 8470 Magazine: Swiss Chocolate Cake Review
Describing Mr Complex as one of the architects of the underground movement that was embodied by the seemingly insatiable success of the Rawkus label and the prolification of artists such as Black Star, Pharoahe Monch or even Lone Catalysts might be an overstatement. But it’s fair to say that Plex, originally down with Organized Konfusion, influenced a fair number of underground lyricists. The Queens rhymesayer imported the underground virus that dominated NY into Europe (we remember a great 2002 performance at Vooruit, Ghent) and even charmed the Rawkus imprint, on which he released the ‘Stabbin You’ single. At the beginning of the noughties, Mr Complex had rapped himself a spot between the megatalented underground emcees of his generation.
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