Hip Hop legends are in town Saturday night
By Peter Covino
The big night for hip hop fans has finally arrived.
Osceola Heritage Park and the Silver Spurs Arena presents the Hip Hop Legends Summer Jam 2014 featuring DMX, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Rakim, Biz Markie, Black Sheep and Special Ed. Tickets for tonight’s show (Saturday) are available through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, Ticketmaster.com and the Silver Spurs Arena Box Office. Tickets range from $37 to $152. To buy Meet and Greet packages, VIP packages, Luxury Suite packages and the “Party Up In Here” Pre-Show bash, go to ticketmaster.com.
The Legends Jam features some of the biggest names in Hip Hop throughout its history.
DMX is one of the biggest names in rap. Following the deaths of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., DMX became one of the reigning stars of hardcore rap.
From the release supplied by Osceola Heritage Park:
DMX, real name, Earl Simmons, spent his earliest days in the projects of Baltimore, Md., before his family moved to Yonkers. Rap music turned his life around, from street corner performances and playing in clubs, he became a performer in the New York scene and by 1997 was signed to the Def Jam label. His first single was released in 1998 followed by his first full album, It’s Dark and Hell is Hot, which has sold more than 3.6 million copies. By the end of 1998, his third album was out, And There Was X, which became his third straight album to debut at No. 1. The single from the album, Party Up (Up in Here) became his first top ten in the R&B charts.
He has continued to chart with albums such as The Great Depression (2001); Grand Champ (2003), his fifth album to debut at No. 1. His album, Year of the Dog…Again, narrowly missed the No. 1 spot in 2006.
Doug E. Fresh (born Douglas E. Davis, in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands) is an American rapper, record producer, and beatboxer. One of the earliest beatboxers (and still seen as one of the best), Fresh is able to imitate drum machines and various special effects with often startling accuracy. Fresh’s early records are out of print, and have never been released on compact disc; thus original records can command high prices.
His recording debut was 1983’s single “Pass the Budda,” also featuring Spoonie Gee and DJ Spivey. However, Fresh’s breakthrough was 1984’s “Beat Street” behind the Treacherous Three. That same year saw Fresh’s debut as a solo artist with the singles “Just Having Fun” and “Original Human Beatbox”.
Fresh became a major rap star in 1985. His single “The Show/La Di Da Di,” is considered an early hip hop classic. The “Get Fresh Crew” was featured: DJs Barry B., Chill Will, and MC Ricky D (who would later achieve fame as Slick Rick).
Ricky M. L. Walters, known in the music industry as Slick Rick aka Ricky D., was born in South Wimbledon, London, England to Jamaican parents.
Known as Ricky back in the day, the soon-to-be entertainer moved with his family to the Bronx in 1975.
Exposed to the hip-hop beats and music scene in the Bronx, Ricky began making a name for himself by competing in and winning nearly every MC battle contest he entered finaly winning an MC contest at the 369 Armory in Harlem, where he attracted the attention of the up and coming Doug E. Fresh.
The flashy Slick Rick, has often played the part of the MC to the hilt, decking himself out in jewelry and chains sometimes up to $60,000 in baubles at a time. He also dons a trademark eye patch (from an injury he received as an infant) and frequently a gold crown.
Rakim is credited with being one of the innovators on the development and art form progression of Hip Hop. His recordings – including the all-time classics Paid In Full, Follow the Leader and The 18th Letter – have sold in the multi-millions worldwide. Billboard, Rolling Stone, MTV and a host of others consistently refer to Paid in Full as “the greatest Hip-Hop album of all time.”
Recent tributes in 2012 include being named the No. 1 Lyricist of All Time by The Source magazine, receiving the coveted BET Lifetime Achievement Award and being nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Biz Markie brings more than 26 years of solid hip-hop acumen and an overwhelming fan-base that stretches from New York City to Japan to Europe. At the age of 14, Marcel Hall dazzled his neighborhood under the alias of Biz Markie. His music scene debut began in 1985 as a beat box for Roxanne Shante of the Juice Crew.
He has under his belt such mega-events as The Grammy’s After Parties, The Pre-Oscar Party, Will Smith Movie Premiere Events (in the states & overseas), The Essence Festival and events hosted by The Magic Johnson Foundation, State Farm (50 Million Pound Challenge), ESPN as well as for such annual occasions as the Super Bowl, NBA Allstar Weekend, CIAA Weekend and many more.