The Celebrity Status Boat Ride

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The line outside courtesy of Haitianbeatz.com

As Synco Powers, Vlad Calixte (aka Haitian V.), and I walked up to Pier 40 I thought to myself, “this crowd can’t be for one boat ride!”  However, to my amazement, all of those people were there for DJ Stakz “Celebrity Status Bday Bash Boat Ride”.  Try saying that ten times fast.  DJ Stakz‘ annual boat ride did not disappoint.  Not only did it not disappoint, it was the best boat ride of the summer so far.  The event was promoted by Team HKNY and Hi-Profyle Entertainment.  In case you didn’t know, HKNY and Hi-Profyle are at the forefront of Haitian-American events in the New York area.  They have sold out venues such as Club Amazura, the Hammerstein Ballroom, and countless other venues throughout the area.  So DJ Stakz’ birthday event was no different.

As the boat left the dock a little after 2am you could feel the anticipation throughout the vessel.  There were two sound systems set up on the three level boat.  On the lowest level there were DJs playing strictly Kompa and Zouk.  On the third level there was a mixture of R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Soca, and Kompa.  The variety was amazing.  As DJ Stakz proclaimed later in the night, this was truly “an international boat ride.”  I spent most of my time on the third level.  The night started off with Ontrack Disco playing R&B to warm up the many ladies on board.  As the drinks were flowing and the crowd loosened up, Ontrack Disco transitioned into late 80’s Lover’s Rock reggae.  Artists such as Papa San, Shabba Ranks, and Beres Hammond were helping to build up the vibe.  As the energy built, SNL Boyz Synco and Ontrack went into a vibrant soca set.  The party had officially gotten on its way.

Ontrack Disco & Synco Powers warming up the crowd

Next up was the birthday boy himself, DJ Stakz.  I must say that Stakz definitely knew exactly how to control the crowd.  He played a Kompa set that turned the boat upside down.  The crowd seemed to sing out throughout the entire set.  Haiti pride was definitely overflowing on the Hudson River.  Every time DJ Stakz solicited for a response from the crowd they responded with  great exuberance.  It was truly a sight to see.  As DJ Stakz’ set was reaching its end, Hot 97’s Mr. Cee was preparing to come in next.  At this point I leaned over to Ontrack and said “I don’t know how Cee is going to follow that set.”  Ontrack simply replied with one word, “watch.”  I didn’t expect to see what happened next.  DJ Stakz introduced Mr. Cee and stayed on the microphone.  Mr. Cee went into a Kompa set that had the crowd in an even more intense frenzy!  After the incredible Kompa set, Mr. Cee went into a machine gun paced Hip Hop set that would not let the crowd rest for a second.  At this point I forgot about anything outside of that boat.  I didn’t think about a drink, a seat, a bathroom break, only vibes.

DJ Stakz & Hot 97’s Mr. Cee

I was surprised when the boat arrived at the dock.  I lost track of time and I could tell that my sentiment was shared by many on the boat.  Hi-Profyle and Team HKNY are set to overload Times Square on August 27th with “Kompa Rehab vs Zouk Therapy 2: The Broadway Edition”.

 

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An Incredible Event for First Class Blue in Brooklyn!

Nocturnal at its best

Club Nocturnal in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn was very festive last week, to say the least.  It was a birthday celebration for First Class Blue.  Thunderbolt with Alley Cat and Super Brad were in the building.  The SNL Boyz were also in rare form that night.  Yours truly assisted my counterparts in finishing two bottles of Coconut Ciroc mixed with pineapple juice.  Allow me to digress for a brief moment.  I usually buy Grey Goose, but I have to say that the chemical reaction and taste of Ciroc is more compatible with my chemical makeup.  In other words, I’m officially supporting Ciroc to the fullest.  Brooklyn clubs have come a long way from what was the norm in the 1990’s.  Nocturnal is sleek with a non intrusive lighting system and a beautiful sound system.  Ontrack Disco started off the night with a set of mainly Hip Hop and R&B.  The music selection  mixed with the Ciroc experience had me wanting to dust off my hype man skills and grab the microphone.  However, Super Brad was doing a good job of MCing.  After Ontrack Finished his set, Thunderbolt took over.  I have to mention my appreciation for Thunderbolt.  Those of you who are on the Caribbean scene in NYC already know.  Super Brad always seems to make the appropriate selection with Alley Cat making equally appropriate and entertaining speeches.  Thunderbolt’s set spanned many years of reggae music.  At this time I was on my Second bottle of Ciroc.  I was feeling nice.

Blue's cake, yes it's really a cake!

The highlight of the night for me was when the youngest SNL Boy, DJ Youngstar took over with about 20 minutes left to party.  The mixes were coming at the crowd fast and furious.  Whether it was Rick Ross or Jay Z, the crowd was at full tilt and singing out hard.  Synco Powers was assisting with getting the crowd into a frenzy.  When 4am came around and the lights turned on, nobody dared to leave.  Everyone was still dancing, singing and “vibing” as if it was still early.  Overall a very good party, 4.5 out of 5.  Can’t wait for next year!

Any party that can get me to dance for prolonged periods of time is definitely a good one.  All of the DJs brought the heat.  The Ciroc brought the warmth.  And the crowd brought the energy.  Happy birthday Blue!  And if you want a fly cake for your party you can contact the ladies at BCake!!!!

Soca Superstar Rupee Poised to Mash Up Crop Over

Having recently captured the theme song for the latest season of the popular HGTV series, Design Star, with the song “Flaunt It,” Barbadian soca superstar and Atlantic Records recording artist, Rupee, continues to make incredible moves for the genre.

“It’s not easy trying to stay committed to a genre of music that so much of the world has yet to experience,” reveals Rupee, who brought massive attention to the southern Caribbean namesake with his massive crossover hit, “Tempted to Touch.” “Sometimes I feel as though I could cheat on soca and give in to the lure of going straight pop, R&B or even alternative; I dabble in all of these styles but soca is what made me.”
Rupee thus stays true to his love for the genre with two new releases for this year’s Barbados Crop Over season, both of which have the potential to help him on his mission to reach the worldwide masses. “Traveling the world and seeing how our music uplifts people, seeing a reflection of the love I get in the West Indies transcend to different cultures and races, is what keeps me faithful and fuels my mission to make the world fully embrace soca.”
The first single, “All Night Long,” is a romantic, sexy tune that sees Rupee in a comfortable place – composing songs for the ladies.  This mid-tempo vibe, with that familiar “Tempted To Touch” flavor, is a sure fire tune for the dance floors. It was produced by Victorious, an upcoming Miami DJ and producer. Also, in an effort to further uplift and promote younger talent, Rupee collaborated with rising songwriter and performer, Young D, to co-write the song.
“I get hundreds of tracks and songs from producers, writers and performers regularly but not many stand out,” Rupee divulges. “Then DJ Barrie Hype from Miami sent me this riddim and I felt it immediately. One of my touring DJs, Alvin Toppin ‘the Soca Superman,’ put me onto Young D in an effort to give him a chance, and I did. The stuff he writes is definitely in my zone and he says I am one of his biggest influences for his music.”
The second track, “Everybody,” is a guaranteed party-starter and will definitely ignite the crowd. On this track, Rupee revisits the classic WCK tune, “Balance Batty.”
“I was blessed to have once had Cornell ‘Fingers’ Phillip in my band and he was the original producer of ‘Balance Batty’ and also leader of the band, WCK,” explains Rupee. “I linked up with him to recreate the track with a fresher twist. Then to further bless the track, we secured the services of mega soca producer/DJ and multiple Road March winner, Peter ‘No Stoppin’ Coppin. Peter injected a power soca vibe of energy into the song. It’s a crazy combination of Bouyon and power soca. I think this will definitely be a winner in the clubs and on the road.”

For artist news and updates on Rupee, log on to his artist profiles at:

www.facebook.com/therealrupee,

www.twitter.com/therealrupee and

www.myspace.com/rupeemusic.

For further information, please contact bookrupee@gmail.com.

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