I’ve been keeping current with the talent hailing from Brooklyn, and recently the trends have been mundane and repetitive. Brooklyn is the mecca of hip-hop and originality; a style most attempt to emulate, but often fall short due to its pseudo-authenticity.
I’ve been attending various open mic nights and small venue concerts scavenging for original talent. Last week, one of my companions invited me to an event called Everything Art. In my mind, I thought “not another slam poetry show!” Fortunately, when I arrived it was anything but — the room was bursting with talented, creative and entrepreneurial youth representing the Brooklyn area.
Once all the musicians performed their bits I approached two young men by the names of Chris Wise and Con-Plex. Dudes were “straight out of Brooklyn,” or like Mr. West would say, “dripping swag-goo.” From the moment they opened their mouths I was inclined to listen because the conversation wasn’t about money, cars, and hoes. Their message was to inspire the youth to dream beyond their neighborhoods and projects.
Wise and Con-Plex come equipped with influential and progressive minds. The single “Original G.O.D. Flow” off Wise’s The Man EP doesn’t safeguard any punches either, the track hammers home the realities of a Brooklyn native and expresses an active concern for society’s values. An explosive beat doesn’t hurt either. Stream, enjoy and comment below.