What’s This Hip-Hop of Which You Speak?
Written by Bwog Staff
Bacchanal is upon us, and the week’s most eagerly-anticipated festivity has come and gone. All Bwog can hear now is the obnoxiously soothing tooting of a zampoña from the street fair on the East side of Broadway. But only moments ago, Talib Kweli asked us “who here listens to hip hop music?” And, after a little coaxing and some repetition, the mass of predominantly white fist-pumping students said, “yeeaaaaaah.” Regardless, the beats were thick (like the crowd), everyone sweated and screamed, and there was much rejoicing.
Of course, several moments before Kweli took the stage was, well, Bwog’s run out of snappy monikers, and all we can say is: Vampire Weekend! Returning! Triumphantly. Since the Bacchanal staff were chucking plastic wayfarers into the crowd, anyone tall enough to snatch one could instantly gain some hipster cred as they bopped along to “A-Punk” or “Bryn.” Onstage banter consisted of reminiscing from Ezra–“we played this song at our first concert…memories…”–and offstage banter was mostly Barnard girls and imported NYU kids singing along like their lives depended on it. Nary a boat-shoe in sight, but there are pictures (more to come once cameras charge) after the jump.
– JPMB, photos by JPMB, Matthew Rendely, and Rajib Mitra