Labor Day Weekend is always an eventful 4-Day holiday in New York City. This past Friday, kicking things off before the annual parade on Eastern Parkway, Hot 97 set the tone with a blazing line-up of some of the best artists in Dancehall, Soca, and Reggae. Attendees came through reppin’ with their island’s flag as Coney Island’s Amphitheater was taken over by the Caribbean massive.
Long-time Dancehall artist, Rayvon, opened the show with his classic hits such as “Big Up” and “Bashment Party,” which had the crowd moving. The sounds of Soca music soon took over as Nyla, from Trinidad, hit the stage and had all the ladies whining their waistlines. Almost mid-way through the concert, Kranium took over with a scorching set that included his sexy, hit single, “Nobody Has To Know.” The crowd was in for a surprise treat when Kranium brought out the Queen of Brooklyn, herself, Lil Kim!
Always ready to put on a show, The Queen B performed a brief set that included her Dancehall inspired single, “Lighters Up.” Next up on stage was Ding Dong who had everyone skipping to a party favorite, “Skip To My Lou.” All di bad man dem also had their turn to show off some moves as he performed “Bad Man Forward.” As the sun set on the beach, not once did the crowd grow weary. Aidonia and Konshens soon hit the stage, putting on electrifying sets showcasing hits such as “Pon Di Cocky,” and “Gal A Bubble.”
Before the night came to a close, energy levels were kept on high as the “Energy God” himself took to the stage! Considered as Dancehall royalty, Elephant Man, came out swinging as if he never left the ring. Performing a medley of his greatest hits, we all joined in as we “signaled di plane” and set our feet “pon di river” throughout his set. It was just one of those moments where you had to be there to truly experience it.
If you weren’t, check out some of our favorite moments captured below!
Photo Cred: Mel D, Hot 97
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