By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Swizz Beatz headlined a special charity concert to benefit “VH1 Save The Music Foundation” last night at NYC’s Hard Rock Cafe. Never one to come empty-handed, the producer/artist brought along several of his famous friends from different areas of hip-hop to perform–in between his own cuts–for the fundraiser to keep music education in schools.
Following newcomer Vinny Cha$e, Sean Paul kicked things off with a reggae vibe and performed several of his biggest hits like “Get Busy” and “Temperature.” NY’s own French Montana then hopped onstage for his infectious “Pop That” and “I’m A Coke Boy” with Chinx Drugz. “This is one of my idols,” French shared while talking about Swizz onstage. “Music saved his life,” Swizz said about French’s foray into hip-hop and away from the streets. Waka Flocka Flame turned the subdued crowd several notches up with his ratchet medley including “Hard in da Paint,” “No Hands” and “Wild Boy.” “You ratchet motherfu*kers!” Waka grinned as he watched corporate suits let their hair down to his tracks. Waka’s set got so hot in fact, that he actually blew out a speaker.
Not one to be outdone, Busta Rhymes closed out the show as only he could, by rhyming his insanely fast verse to Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now.” When he was done, and seemingly about to pass out, Bus dropped the mic on the stage. The crowd begged for one more song and Busta closed out with his high-energy “Pass The Courvoisier Part 2.”
The concert was initially slated for last year but was derailed by Hurricane Sandy. All funds raised at the show will benefit “VH1 Save The Music Foundation” and go towards the creation of the Tri-State Sandy Music Relief Fund, which will allow the Foundation to provide special grants of instruments to schools affected by the storm.
“New York City and the Tri-State area is my home and it’s a place that constantly inspires music and creativity for myself and millions of others,” said Swizz in a statement. “I’m going to bring out some friends and put on a crazy show to support the VH1 Save the Music Foundation and the creation of the Tri-State Sandy Music Relief Fund so this creativity can thrive again for kids all over the East Coast.” (http://www.vh1savethemusic.com/node/5975)