by Lisa Russell
If you’re in the know, you know that #Offline’s Wednesday night party featuring live sets with Tribe Called Quest‘s front man Q-Tip and Natasha Diggs plus special guests is a party not to be missed. And if you’re really in the know, you know that #Offline was the place to be last night to witness legendary Grandmaster Flash kill it on the decks, proving he is the definitive master of the ones and twos.
Old school hip hop bodes well at the Brooklyn-based venue Output where its dress code is “Brooklyn is the new black.” The venue, with two dance floors, two full bars, and a dope outdoor space is the first dance club in Williamsburg and it prides itself on being as real as it gets. There is no bottle service and you won’t find a barrage of cameras as distractions. Instead you’ll witness a communal space where love of music and intimacy with the resident and guest DJs supersedes love of hype. The venue is so real that in the small chance you leave behind one of your valuables, you can write their lost and found at ilostmyshit (at) outputclub.com.
Partygoers who made the worthwhile trek out in the rain got a pretty sweet deal as Q-Tip frequently left the DJ booth to roam the dance floor to personally hand out plastic whistles in an effort to elicit a call and response from the crowd. The hypnotic mix of dance music and hip hop was well suited to the eclectic and diverse crowd. The dance floor grew increasingly packed as a second DJ booth was quietly set up opposite the dance floor where Grandmaster Flash and a small crew prepared to show Brooklyn that the pioneer of hip-hop DJing, cutting, and mixing is still king of his craft.
For a good two hours, Grandmaster Flash with hype from his man Q-Tip, electrified a crowd who flocked to the dance floor to hear classic hip hop. The songs were mixed and scratched so masterfully and seamlessly, the crowd with their arms in the air, began yelling out every time a new joint dropped. The dance floor was grooving hard into the early hours of the morning. Q-Tip and Flash were comrades on the mics, shouting out one another that hyped the crowd up even more. The two legends perfectly synced their sets as perhaps one of the most flawless live mixes of 90s hip hop I have ever witnessed.
Q-Tip is known for throwing some of the hottest parties in New York and abroad, and last night’s spotlight on legendary Grandmaster Flash was no exception – just a reminder that real dance parties and real love for hip hop still exists.