Where hip hop lives and legends are made – NYC’s number one radio station, Hot 97 “Who’s Next” event made hot by Boost Mobile, shut down SOB’s last night. Put together by the station’s digital producer/personality Scottie Beam and hosted by Shani Kulture, performers look forward to this monthly event because it serves as a platform to get their voices heard and a pathway to the music industry.
Brielle Brown, the winner of last months “Who’s Got Next” open mic started the show. The performers at the previous event were lottery chosen and the winner was based on the crowd’s reaction. This second go around Brielle Brown managed to keep the attention of the crowd and kept her flow tight. Brielle Brown has the potential to make her music known to the world.
@_Briellebrown – Click here to listen to her music.
The second act to hit the stage was rap, reggae, and hip-hop sensation Nova Knuckleheads. The energetic group had the audience moving and whining with reggae throwbacks that led into their own songs. They also brought out a surprise guest, the king of soca, Kevin Lyttle who performed his hit single “Drive Me Crazy” and Mr. Easy who sang “Pon Di Bike Back.” Nova Knuckleheads had the staged packed and the crowd hyped.
@NovaKnuckleheads – Click here to listen to their music.
Queens reppin’ Cash $inatra was next to own the stage. He opened with a duet with soulful singer Erica Kane “Can’t Wait,” off of his recent album “Raheem”, available on iTunes. $inatra’s rap lyrics and Erica’s voice complimented one another very well. Next he performed “Shaderoom” which showcased his Trap R&B calm but lyrical flow. $inatra’s star power kept the crowd’s eyes glued on him all the way until his last performance of “Nah” which had the crowd hyped and wanting more.
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@Cashsinatra – Click here to listen to his music.
Next to hit the stage was East Harlem’s “Kadeem King.” He had the audience throwing their “L’s” up to rep “Rebel Leadah” (leader). His energy captured the crowd’s attention and he brought out @RealPhilWalker and @QualityOfficial who performed popular hit “Paid Parade.” Kadeem King definitely did his thing last night and has the capacity to keep a crowd cheering his name.
@KadeemKing_ – Click here to listen to his music.
The next artist, Virginia rapper Levi Carter stood out the most because he held the stage down on his own. A team of hype men accompanied most of the performers but Levi Carter confidently locked down the stage solo dolo, with the exception of his female DJ. He performed his song “Coolin in VA” which was slightly received by the New York crowd. Then he performed “Hella Sauce” and ended it with “You Not Gang.” Carter made it known that even though he’s young and popped up on the scene fast, he’s here to stay.
@Levicarterxxl – Click here to listen to his music.
Next to shut down the stage was Brooklyn’s own Casanova. His stage presence alone immediately had the crowd hyped before he even spit on the mic. He had a packed stage and kept viewers entertained with real life stories from his past. When he performed “Don’t Run,” the audience rapped the lyrics for him! His rock star quality led him to jump into the crowd and fans caught and carried him back to the stage. Philly rapper Meek Mill was spotted in the amongst the audience rapping the #DontRun lyrics. Casanova certainly stole the show, he had the entire venue laughing at his jokes, trying to learn his dances, and singing along with his songs. Overall he had the best performance.
@Casanova_2x – Click here to listen to his music
Last to hit the honorable stage was the highly anticipated Don Q. Soon as he got on stage he got right to it. The Bronx rapper performed songs from his latest mixtape “Don Q Season” which included “Trust Nobody,” “By Accident”, “For Free,” “Groupie Love,” “Everything Lit,” “Bag On Me Freestyle,” and “Look At Me Now.” The High bridge label living legend Don Q brought PNB Rock out on stage and performed “All This Cash”. The Don brought Casanova back on stage, which caused the crowd to go crazy! Together their stage presence reminded everyone what hip hop is truly about, giving the world your best, showing unity, and having a good time.
@DonQhbtl – Click here to listen to his music.