I got an email about a diabetes awareness concert hosted by Phife Dawg. Not knowing if it was happening, but being a real hip-hop head, I grabbed my camera and bounced. Wow, I am glad I went. The performers who blessed the stage were Tribe Called Quest, Lost Boyz, Consequence, Mos Def and Talib Kweli. The co-host of the evening was Michael Rapaport. The show was closed out by your boy, Jay Electronica... Whoa. It was strong up in there. This was the dopest hip-hop concert I've been to in years.
Very seldom you get an opportunity to be a part of an awesome concert which is also raising awareness for something important, and I consider myself to be lucky in this regard. It was a Wednesday night, 20th of January, 2010 to be exact, when New York came to life with Hip Hop music.
The old Knitting Factory, which was once a Bastian of the Hip Hop movement in New York, experienced a reincarnation via this memorable event which was aptly named –Mind Body Soul. The night was vibrant as legends and rising stars of Hip Hop music poured their heart out in support of the cause.
Phife Dawg of the hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest, has been fighting with diabetes since the early 1990's. After being placed on dialysis and hospitalized in 2002, he began to spread the awareness about his illness. In 2008, he was blessed to have a successful kidney transplant, since then, he has made a full recovery.
Rumor has it that this was his first performance since his surgery, and this was the beginning of the Come Back!!! Personally, I was hype to see him perform one of my all-time favorites A Tribe Called Quest joints "Butter" I lost my voice that night.
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Video by Scott Buckets