â€˜Coors Light and Ice Cube Search for the Coldest MCâ€™ 2012 stopped at the Irving Plaza in NYC last night Thursday (July 26), for its final search. Backed courtesy of Coors Light, hosted by DJ Drama with a dope performance by Fabolous, Coors Light and Ice Cube found 2012 â€˜Coldest MCâ€™. HHWâ€˜s writer (@donbleek88) was in the building for the wall-to-wall packed show.
Finalists from other cities including New York, Philly, Baltimore, New Orleans, Charlotte and Atlanta approached the main stage and showcased their talents for the rough crowd of New Yorkers. But before the show even began, Ice Cube did a short question and answer interview for a small selected group of journalists and bloggers including myself.
After DJ Drama announced the finalists, followed by their performances, the South Central, Los Angeles native and former NWA rapper (Ice Cube) rocked the stage. Ice Cube performed some of his classics tracks such as â€œNatural Born Killazâ€ (without Dr. Dre), â€œCheck Yourselfâ€ and â€œToday Was A Good Dayâ€. Before exiting the stage, Ice Cube said, â€œNew York a nigga still got itâ€.
Followed by Ice Cubeâ€™s performance, he and DJ Drama came back to the stage to announce the â€˜Coldest MCâ€™ 2012 winner which was Baltimoreâ€™s up & coming rapper Felony Fame.
Around 10:30, Fabolous came to the stage. He opened his hour-long set with â€œYou Donâ€™t Know Bout Itâ€. Loso performed records from his long list of catalogue including â€œDeny Itâ€, â€œYoungâ€™N (Holla Back)â€, â€œSo Into Youâ€, â€œLet You Goâ€, and â€œBreatheâ€. Loso also performed some of his Soul Tape and TINC mixtapesÂ seriesÂ tracks and his verses to â€œRack Cityâ€ and â€œSay Ahhâ€ remixes. During the middle of his set, Fab brought out Bad Boy recording artists Red CafÃ© for â€œIâ€™m Illâ€ and French Montana for â€œPop Thatâ€. Before leaving the stage, Montana announced that his debut album, Excuse My French arrives this November.
Words by Donovan Moore aka @donbleek88
Pictures via Andrew Kay Photography, ShakielÂ FrancisÂ & Instrgram
This is a syndicated post, which originally appeared at Hip Hop Weekly Magazine.