For one night at Costa Mesa's newly opened venue the Wayfarer, hip-hop was restored to its pristine state; uninhibited by the faux acts and ghostwritten lyrics that saturate the genre today. Bucket hats were referred to their proper names as Fisherman hats and the '80s lived on in the crowd. Most patrons could probably give detailed first-hand accounts of the decade. Often times it was their attire that gave their age away, but they weren't alone in their quests for the ol' skool. Younger heads in the building all had something in common with their elder counterparts and that was the love of what was exclaimed "real Hip-Hop" and specifically EPMD.
25 years ago, the New York natives released their sophomore album Unfinished Business that would go on to solidify their legend in hip-hop. Yesterday, hip-hop was already in celebration of another of their pioneers. It was the 53nd birthday of the deceased Guru of the group Gang Starr. As EPMD's Erick Sermon blessed the stage with his light brown eyes and a youthful smile, the crowd couldn't help but guffaw up at the stage where E Dubble and the bulked Parrish Smith would rock for the next 45 minutes.More »