Irving Plaza was filled with hundreds of true hip-hop heads ready for classics, rim-filled drinks called “Money, Power, Respect,” and the scent of weed.

The Filthy America … It’s Beautiful tour repositions The Lox where they belong – in the forefront. The evening wasn’t set for mainstream gimmick lyrics or trendy viral hip-hop dances. The Lox is from the era where you really had to live it in order to say it on wax.

Today, the new Roc Nation members appear as prolific as they did in the ‘90’s and the early 2000’s but made sure to open the stage for young rappers on-the-rise. The late Big Pun’s son, Chris Rivers, is following in his father’s footsteps and got the crowd rowdy with his “Twinz (Deep Cover 98)” cover. He didn’t miss one of his father’s legendary lyrics, making it clear he too, is a lethal lyricist. Rivers’ heightened the experience further by freestyling a capella. In an effort to pay homage to emcees whose songs don’t include trap-like hi-hats or finger snaps, Rivers ran through a medley of definitive records, including “Ante Up,” “Ruff Ryders Anthem,” “I Really Mean It,” and more.

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About The Author

Bianca Alysse is a creatively driven Bronx-born writer and editor. Before becoming The Knockturnal‘s music editor she served as Latina‘s creative coordinator and was a contributor at Billboard. The Boricua scribe has a lengthy resume in the music industry and has penned for Universal Music Publishing Group, Epic Records, G.O.O.D. Music, Compound Entertainment, Artistry & Récords, and Arcade Creative Group. Her work has been seen on platforms like VIBE, mitú, TIDAL, Remezcla, and behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week. As an independent contractor, she has written for Sony Music Entertainment’s global business affairs department, Warner Music Group, and currently Roc Nation.

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