Get Cryphy 7th Anniversary
with Le1f, Toki Wright, Lizzo, Bobby Raps, Astronautalis, RP Hooks, and more
First Avenue Mainroom
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Plain Ole Bill, DJ Fundo, Last Word, and Jimmy Two Times once again expanded their Get Cryphy dance night to fit First Avenue's mainroom for their anniversary. It was a fitting end to the seven years the crew held down a monthly residency in the Record Room. Stacked with guest appearances and raw rap classics, the night was as chaotic and sweaty as the diverse crowd has come to expect.[jump]
Running through a staggering amount of material, the crew switched between tracks quickly and occasionally created mini-arcs of related songs: the hyphy-focused "Tell Me When to Go" into "Function" into "Blow The Whistle," the buttocks-themed suite "Bubble Butt" into "Ms. New Booty," the crunk classics that this generation will play for their embarrassed children "Get Low" into "Wait (The Whisper Song)," the late-'90s New York hard-as-nails closing set of "Ante Up" into "Simon Says" into "Lean Back" into "Ruff Ryders Anthem." It was a meticulously crafted and painstakingly realized setlist that sounded effortless and loose.
Lizzo owned the stage with a new track that brazenly trumpeted body positivity over an uptempo beat before returning for her hit "Batches and Cookies" with Sophia Eris. Bobby Raps dominated the stage, rapping at full volume until he went hoarse over a pair of newer self-produced bangers. Astronautalis showed off his love for Cryphy-style mainstream rap with a never-before-heard song that fit his underground aesthetic to the distorted trap of his wide-ranging influences.
RP Hooks got intense with "Paranoid," a dark smoke song that gave him license to wild out with the crowd. Allan Kingdom had perhaps the most triumphant moment after performing "Evergreens," staying on stage to rock along Cryphy dropping Kanye West's "All Day," which features an appearance from the Northern Gentleman himself, during which the crowd went insane.
But the left-field addition of Tickle Torture and his entourage of mostly nude gold-painted heathens helped bring the party to the next level of debauchery, spraying confetti from phallic cannons and encouraging audience raunchiness with onstage writhing and shiny codpieces. It was a visually epic stint of bizarreness that fit the funk and the sexuality inherent to a Cryphy night.
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