Monday, July 28, 2008

Art, Beats & Lyrics Re-cap (pt.1)

In case you didn't make it around these parts last week...I spent most of the time telling ya'll about Art, Beats & Lyrics...the incredible art show helmed by my dude Jabari Graham. It went down this past Friday and it was very dope. I've got pics and video of the nights happenings that I will be sharing with yall this week.

This first bit of video is of one of the night's featured performers...drummer Ali "Alien" Warren. I wanted to go ahead and get this post out there because I don't want his talents to take away from the rest of AB+L. If you've ever seen him perform live, you already know where I'm coming from...dude is a show-stealer even when he doesn't mean to be.

I first saw dude perform early this year with Spree Wilson, whom he usually plays with. Dude was pretty much banging on anything that wasn't nailed down, including the back door. Matter of fact, dude was hitting the drums so hard that he busted a hole in the snare and the set had to be postponed until they were able to find a replacement. I've seen him perform with Spree numerous times and I ain't gonna lie, I used to think that he was showing him up...but after while you just come to realize that both of them are equally dope at what they do.

From there I saw dude perform at the ASCAP thing Luckie Lounge as a member of Heed. All I'm gonna say is that dude had the cymbal hanging off a railing instead of with the rest of the drum set. Oh yeah, another thing dude does is take the drum and go out in the crowd with it...he didn't do all that this night, but he still killed it.

I was calling Alien "Travis Darker" for a little while, but that may be unfair because he obviously has his own thing going on and is beyond comparison really. Alien is ROCK N' ROLL! Anyways, here is some video of Alien getting down over some Jay-Z, 50 Cent and Lil Wayne at AB+L. Keep your eye on this dude...

Alien over Jay-Z's "She Like" and 50 Cent's "What Up Gangsta" and Jay-Z's "Jigga My Nigga"

Alien over Lil Wayne's "A Millie"...BLINDFOLDED

I don't know about ya'll, but that kills all of those "A Millie" freestyles out there.

But yeah...stay tuned, I got alot more....


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Stephanie said...

This is the prime example of a star. watch the drummer change the whole game!!