Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Snearkerpedia Launch Party @ Good Units, Hudson Hotel, May 17, 2011

Good Units has quickly become my new favorite place, as it would appear that I'm frequenting the basement of the Hudson Hotel quite often in these past few months or so. Last night was the launch party for Sneakerpedia, an online Wiki site (created by Footlocker) for sneaker fiends and regular sneaker wearers alike. The event was put on by the guys from Complex Magazine and they did not disappoint.

I'm a former sneakerhead, so I really wanted to go to the launch party to see how they would approach kicking off the website. They really didn't do much sneaker talking to be honest, there were a few mentions, but besides that it was just a great party. A three hour top shelf open bar made sure no one in attendance left with an empty liver or a sober mind, and the DJs were great. Greg Street started things off, getting the early crowd in the mood for a little bit of partying. From there though is where things really took off...

DJ Clark Kent ("God's favorite DJ") jumped on the wheels of steel after that, and by this point the crowd was packed into both the upstairs and downstairs levels. If you've never heard Clark Kent play, then there is a pretty good chance you've never been out in a club in the city. This guy works a lot, and I've been to parties he's played at many times; keeping this in mind I knew I was in for a treat. A lot of DJs don't really have any crowd awareness, and will pretty much play whatever they want. Now there really isn't anything wrong with this: technically if you're a DJ, you should have a very good awareness of (good) music, so playing whatever you want should work just as well. Clark Kent is a great selector though, and since he knew that this crowd would be a more hip-hop oriented one, he played accordingly. Going from older stuff (Wu-Tang, Biggie Smalls) to newer stuff (Kanye West, Drake) and even playing some Odd Future (YES!!!!!!!). He got a million cool points for playing Yonkers by Tyler the Creator of Odd Future; he even played the song in it's entirety! Needless to say it was a very funfilled set, everyone on the dance floor was having a great time, but then it was time for the special performance by none other than UGK's Bun B.

Bun B as many of you hip-hop people should know, is one half of the Texas duo known as the Underground Kings (or UGK). The other member, rapper Pimp C, passed away in December of 2007. To be completely honest, I was expecting Bun B to come out and do a couple of songs then leave, I was happily mistaken. He legitimately did pretty much all of his hits, even finding time to do his verse from "Big Pimpin" and also doing Pimp C's verse as well. 'The Big Southern Rap Impresario' left no stone unturned, doing his verse from "Give Me That" by Webbie, his track "That's Gangsta," which also features Sean Kingston, and his verse from one of my favorite down south tracks, "Sippin on some Syrup," by the Three-6 Mafia. Bun B is a legitimate legend in the business (20+ years with UGK) and came out and didn't disappoint. The website is, so if you are into righteous kicks, you should definitely check it out.

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