The dimly lit Tin Roof was packed with bandana bearers and throwback jerseys. You could see the enjoyment as the crowd was captivated in a wave of nostalgia when a young Lil Wayne boomed from the speakers or when hands shot up to the sky when a skillful Mystikal rang through the room. The throwback turn-up was real.
The Cash Money vs. No Limits party was on Saturday, February 4th at the Tin Roof in West Ashley. The event celebrated hit songs from the two Hip Hop record labels such as Shake Ya A** by Mystikal , Number One Stunna by Big Tymers, and many more. The influence of these two labels shines through a lot of the music heard today. It is hard to have a Hip Hop discussion without giving some kind of reference to Master P and No Limit or Birdman’s crew and Cash Money.
The event was almost tribute-like. The entire playlist was dedicated to music stemming from either of the labels or artists who had been a member of the labels.
The event, put together by Goons x Balloons and Ill Vibe the Tribe, created an atmosphere for music lovers with a particular taste for Cash Money and No Limit hits.
“We were sticking to the theme and being true to the theme,” said Matt Monday, one of the planners for the event. With the assistance of nostalgia and good music, Monday showed how the first installment of the Versus series was a success.
“At that party, everyone was dancing,” said Monday. “It was dope to see everyone in a space where everyone liked the music.”
Which is the point. The Versus series gives you exactly what it advertises. There is no deviation from the theme. In Matt Monday’s words, “You know exactly what you are coming to get. We want to provide a party that you know what you are going to hear when you get there.”
The idea is to step away from the music (and debates about said music) of today, for at least a night, and focus on music we can all agree on. The event finds a target audience and gives that audience exactly what it wants. There is even talk of a future installment focusing on 90s R&B and 2000s R&B; once again, the theme will set the tone for the event.
As the Versus series continues there is hope that the crowd will continue to be as diverse as it was on Saturday night.
“There were people there of all shapes, sizes, color and age. That’s important, especially with the current climate.”
Monday’s point is valid. With all of the recent points being made about diversity (or lack there of) in Charleston, it is vital to see more events that are genuinely inclusive. To see a mixed crowd of people this past Saturday night, the Versus series is a step in the right direction.
Matt has high hopes for the vibe of the future events and is looking forward to promoting an inclusive atmosphere for Hip Hop lovers.
“We want less stranger-to-stranger and more of a family reunion feel.”