This is pretty great in a nostalgic, pre-Metrocard kind of way. A couple of dudes have organized a little freestyle session that will take place every other Sunday in the last car of the E Train.
Using the last car of the subway as their peformance space, the band of old school rap afficionados stopped off at various stations to form rhyme cyphers and demonstrate their skills at musical oneupsmanship.
“It’s a jam session,” said Terry “Kid Lucky” Lewis, a 33-year-old Crown Heights beatboxer who organized the event and plans to hold it on the train every other Sunday. It’s his way to confront what he sees as a crisis in hip-hop.
“There’s too much degradation of women; everybody’s thugging and blinging,” Kid Lucky explained. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for people making money, but I’m trying to show there’s more to hip-hop.”
I remember when I was in high school we used to do something similar, except our version included a 50 dollar Panasonic, Magnum 44 markers, and several lit blunts in rotation. Let me tell you, the local paper never would have featured us on the front page.
Hop on the railroad, play the conductor/Everywhere I went, I always tucked a marker in my jacket to bomb up where I went/Cause we were just products, of the environment. – 3rd Bass