Pre-Show PThe poetic hip-hop trio are still cool like dat
Featuring 6pm pre-show workshop with Scratch Academy
The dynamic, insect-designated crew (Mary Ann “Ladybug Mecca” Vieira, Craig “Doodlebug” Irving and Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler) is back, bringing along groundbreaking hip-hop, soul and jazz fusion. This smooth trio of lyrical wordsmiths hit the scene in ’93 with their sleek mega-hit “Rebirth of Slick” (instantly recognizable by the ubiquitous refrain ‘Cool Like Dat’). This unanimously treasured track, off their debut record A New Refutation of Time and Space, helped bridge hip-hop to a broader listening base. Their second album, Blowout Comb, continued right where they left off; still rife with African American cultural riches and street ethos, but now heightening the game with live instrumentation and more profound political messaging. After that, each member steered their musical journey in different directions with successful solo projects, but they thankfully (even if briefly) reunited in 2005, 2011 and now, once again.
Natasha Diggs has established herself as one of the most versatile and sought after DJs in the world making a career out of sharing her deep knowledge of music and skills as a mixologist to crowds across the globe in cities such as New York, Tokyo, Berlin, Prague, Sydney and Beijing. Her broad spanning taste in music allows her to be equally comfortable playing underground loft parties as she is rocking massive events such as SummerStage in Central Park for thousands earning her respect in the world of music heads and a solid reputation amongst her clientele. Natasha has been called on as a trusted vibe setter and party starter for numerous celebrity, club and corporate clientele including Pharrell, Spike Lee, Google, Grey Goose, Nickelodeon, Samsung, Adidas, L’Oreal, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Museum and the MoMA to name a few. When not traversing the globe, Natasha can be found holding down the decks at her weekly NYC residency “Soul in the Horn,” the city’s premiere dance party and live music showcase celebrating horn infused music from around the world while bringing together some of the best NYC talent together in one room. In addition she hosts a weekly radio show at #837NYC and is regularly featured on radio platforms broadcast worldwide including Beats1 and Sirius XM.