Another year in New York, another CMJ, another eight million bands fighting for the attention of two million music journalists. Indeed, CMJ is a shitshow, but it’s a shitshow that allows us to discover corn kernels that turn out to be golden. Over the past few seasons, CMJ has started to turn up lot more acts that aren’t exactly up-and-coming. Some of them are hype hogs who just take advantage of the melee when they certainly don’t need the benefits (ahem Arcade Fire), but others are a welcome injection of nostalgia and familiarity. That sense of nostalgia was dense in the air last Wednesday, when Karmaloop co-sponsored a rap show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, featuring the legends of Duck Down Records—Black Moon, Smif N Wessun, Sean Price. With Talib Kweli in the headlining spot, the show promised a true trip down vinyl memory lane for all the real heads. And that was before surprise appearances from Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly, and the one and only Redman (our video interview with him coming soon).
Meanwhile in Manhattan, our Karmaloop brethren and sistren were bearing witness to the Mass Appeal x Grooveshark x Karmaloop party popping off at Webster Hall, where Schoolboy Q, Casey Veggies, and DJ Sliink were joined by several members of the A$AP Mob, including surprise guest A$AP Rocky!
Needless to say, we were pretty worn out on Thursday, so after a day of recovery we set back out to kill our last party of CMJ. Karmaloop took over Tammany Hall with a line-up featuring Pony Bwoy, Shy Girls, Gilbere Forte, Until the Ribbon Breaks, Michael Christmas, FKi, and Vinny Cha$e. Things got particularly buck when our boy Kris Kasanova came through and tore it up. That pretty much wrapped the week for us and we stumbled back to the office to write this detailed summary of events. We’re pretty sure we have just enough energy left to tel…. uh… hmm …zzzzzzz.
Stay tuned for our full video coverage of Karmaloop at CMJ 2013!