Doug E. Fresh and DJ Dee Wiz played Jackie Robinson Park

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Harlem was hopping last night for sure! As soon as I passed Jackie Robinson Park looking for a spot for my car, I could hear the speakers from the stage booming through the adjacent blocks and blasting Eric B. and Rakim and Run DMC…I knew I had found the place to be.
DJ Dee Wiz was behind the turntables and kept the crowd (definitely an older and mature bunch) moving, playing lots of R+B joints from the 80’s and 90’s… Bell Biv Devoe, Luther Vandross, Mary J. Blige, Keith Sweat just to name a few. I enjoyed hearing “candy girl” and “popcorn love” by New Edition. It seemed like there was a lot of stalling to get the “world’s greatest entertainer” on stage, but it was all worth it. Doug E. Fresh took to the stage around 8:45 pm after the legendary Spoonie Gee blessed the microphone with a few tracks. Doug E. Fresh addressed the crowd about the recent rash of violence plaguing the streets of Harlem. An impromptu performance of “Self-Destruction” from the Stop The Violence Movement of the 80’s got the crowd pumped. Before getting too preachy, Doug brought out his nephew who performed a song for the audience. It was definitely a family affair, Doug’s son performed as well in his own rap group, Square Off. I was feeling it… the song got my head nodding. A highlight of the evening was when Doug got on the microphone for a little beatboxing with a harmonica which turned into a sing along of Biz Markie’s song, “Just A Friend.” Throughout the night, songs (or at least parts of songs) such as “La Di Da Di”, “The Show” and “I-ight” were performed. Doug E. also demonstrated some of his dancing skills, while doing the wop, the snake, the cabbage patch and teaching us the Dougie. Lots of people were in the house: Kid Lucky, L.A. Sunshine (of the Treacherous Three), T-Ski Valley and Barry B. The World’s Greatest Entertainer came and rocked us and left us wanting more.

-chocko

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