Last night (October 26) RapFix stopped by Def Jam's Cipher Sessions concert at New York's S.O.B.'s and experienced the star power of G.O.O.D. Music's Big Sean personally. The Detroit rapper was proceeded by rappers Mickey Factz, Cory Gunz, The Kid Daytona, Danny Brown, Curtains and Emilio Rojas who all hit the stage for a chance to win over the crowd of hardened hip-hop fans.
The Def Jam Cipher Sessions is a new monthly event that gathers rappers for an opportunity to spit their talents live and direct, as industry insiders like Hot 97's DJ Enuff, Def Jam's Sha Money and The Source Magazine's Executive Editor Bonsu Thompson look on. If an MC proves his talent, it's not far-fetched to say that he could have a shot at more than self-programed Twitter account.
Here's the set list featuring performance highlights and don't forget to check out our photo gallery:
- Boisterous cipher featuring Mickey Factz, Cory Gunz and others. Mickey announces he and his Bronx brethren Cory will release a mixtape together.
- Brooklyn's own Curtains performs, the crowd appreciates his fashion sense. RapFix's favorite line "A rebel in Dior jeans and good jewelry."
- Detroit MC Danny Brown appears in his trademark hat and braids hangs down both sides of his neck. The flagrant references to fellatio are actually kind of funny. Almost akin to 50 Cent's ability to say something completely unacceptable in an ... acceptable manner.
- The Kid Daytona performs in what's become his calling card each time we see him rock; a leather jacket and hat, regardless of the room's temperature. We respect his dedication to his look. Lyrically, we also appreciate his 90s-esque rhyme and enjoyed "Lifted" featuring John Legend's brother Vaughn Anthony on the hook, from his The Interlude LP.
- Emilio Rojas performs wearing a khaki jacket, black t-shirt, jeans and a beanie. The Rochester, NY MC is sweating like it's 100 degrees in S.O.B.'s—and it certainly feels that way. Rojas says he's got his mixtape with Green Lantern entitled Life Without Shame dropping soon.
- Big Sean finally hits the stage and is greeted by a sea of camera phones and flip cams all recording his every move. He's smiling from ear to ear, loving every minute. Oh yeah, and the girls scream—yes, there were females present and, for once, I wasn't alone. Running through cuts from his 2010 mixtape Finally Famous Vol. 3, which hits the Internet this past summer, the up-and-coming MC worked the crowd like an old hand. Pausing between songs to chat with his audience, Big Sean said "I come from the west side of Detroit but ya'll can relate that to your hood" before jumping in his song "Home Town."
"When you're 90 years-old, all you have is your memories," Big Sean whimsically told the crowd before and eventually closing with "Memories.
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