It all started with a Kickstarter campaign months ago. They raised enough money and now it’s finally here. This Friday, Subcontinental Drift will be hosting D.C.’s very first South Asian hip hop show: Drift Elemental.
The concert will take place at Liv Nightclub, located upstairs at the historic Bohemian Caverns. Doors will open at 8 p.m. with the show beginning at 9 p.m. A dance party featuring Drift Elemental’s DJs will follow. … The aim of Drift Elemental is to present South Asian artists in the context of old school hip-hop’s four elements, which include rapping, DJ-ing, graffiti art and breakdancing. The concert will feature acts from Washington, D.C. and New York. [subcontinentaldrift]
The show will be featuring local east coast hip hop artists who I am excited to have on my radar. The first is Navid Azeez other wise known as Navi the Swami, a member of the Whole Damme Delegation.
The second is Baltimore based Koushik Chatterjee, otherwise known as Ko the Timeless. Inspired by his Bengali music performing parents and indoctrinated into hihop with the lyrics of Tribe Called Quest, Ko’s first mixtape The Subway High Life can be downloaded here.
Raja Wilco hails from NYC and has been on the music scene since 2004. He’s been on the scene a minute, having performed with Juggy D, Rishi Rish and Jay Sean.
Finally, the night will be spun into a frenzy with the DJ-ing skills of DJ Insomnia including a history lesson of South Asian hip-hop. You can download his mixtape Premier Sessions: NYC R&B Edition.
Be sure to get your tickets now! It’s $10 if you buy now online, and $15 at the door. And if you do go, please let us know how it went in the comments. I’d love to hear how these artists are.