I went and checked out Sample King’s “Pimpers Paradise” the night before Christmas at Santa Rosa Nightclub, now under ownership/management by our own (DJ) Troopa (King Majesty). Usually, a Sample King event is a guaranteed sell-out, but, this year’s event wasn’t. Promotion was low key despite holding it in a venue that can easily hold 400 people. Sample King planned it that way – he wanted a simple yet intimate gathering.
When I arrived at 1:45 AM, there were about 150 people inside, as time went on, another 50 or so showed up accounting for 200. I could count amongst them 40 – 50 VIP’s who didn’t pay to get in. Generally, people were having a decent time. Blaxz was playing along side S-Man which seemed strange to me (Blaxz and S-Man were the Fully Loaded Sound Crew before splitting up a few years ago) since I hadn’t seen these two men play side by side for some time. According to Blaxz, “only Sample King could pull this off”, referring to Sample’s concept of ‘reuniting selectors’ with their old sounds. Also on the list…Fire Kid Steenie representing Super Fresh Sound, Hammer and Brisco for Stereoguard and Lindo P. repping his old Red Flame Sound.
In the end, I’ll say this…Blaxz and S-Man did well, vibes tun up when they played! I didn’t see Lindo P. play Red Flame, but, I did see him do a wicked performance for Fire Kid Steenie (who tried hard to impress the Scarborough crowd) which flattened the place. That was the hi-light of the dance, Steenie and Lindo P.’s performance. When they were done, the dance just got darker and darker…
The Steenie / Lindo P. combination would be a hard act to follow. Despite a relatively poor in-house sound system – audio wise, the girls that were there were having fun and ready to bus’ out. The DJ’s who played after did not care to cater to them, only to “Block 13”. The dance was just ‘talked out’ from that point on, nuff bragging and boasting and plain garbage. The music played was either designed to make people leave or to please a ‘select few’ in the club, also, the speech wasn’t cutting it either. People started trailing out of the dance, but, not all…there was a group of about forty men near the exit who weren’t going anywhere anytime soon – Christmas Eve or not. Enjoy the pics!