• 31Mar

    Letter to Show & Prove — A Retrospective

    Dear Show & Prove,

    Only a year old and you’ve already “put on.”

    A quick peruse through the ever growing list of artists that have graced your stage is all thats needed to qualify your impact on The Underground — providing a platform for the next wave of hungry Emcees to…


    …show and prove.

    You started as a three-part competition series awarding the right to rock the main stage of the 2009 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, and look at you now — a stand alone, reoccurring Hip Hop showcase hosting enough quality talent to rival any other.

    Remember Children Of The Night taking home the inaugural victory last March, edging out Wordspit and Zyron Collective? Not only did Children Of The Night deliver with their solid 2nd Stage performance at last year’s BHF and drop this solid EP, but Wordspit had a big year as well — releasing the widely praised Coolest BBoi Stance and landing a McDonalds commercial with Joya Bravo and Dollar Van Demos.

    Thats peace, right there.

    Or remember last April, when Mr. Beatz and Cymarshall Law and the now ubiquitous Brown Bag Allstars went head to head? And that moment when the beat dropped on Beatz’s chest thumping “MC on the MPC” or when Cymarshall brought those 4 ladies on stage to assist on his ill extended metaphor “A King With 4 Wives”?

    Or how BBAS bum rushed the audience exclaiming ““Step down, we step up / You let down, we next up / Who the best now?? / Brown Bag, GET UP!” and everyone knew they were taking the crown?

    Thats Fam, right there.

    And remember perhaps the tightest competition of them all, the May Show & Prove? Remember Sleepwalkas’s BHF flash back interlude mid set? “You should’ve been there! You should’ve been there!” Remember Brokn.Englsh’s old school dance break down at the peak of there anthemic jam “Make Some Noise”? Remember Those Chosen trekking all the way from LA to compete?

    Remember 8thW1, rocking as the only solo artist on the bill, ironically kicking the grittiest rhymes of the night…and those rhymes were about the high sugar content in food??? “They claim we selling crack!!! / But you be doing that!!!” Yep, stuck in the dome for weeks.

    Or back in August when The Crowd not only rocked right, but tossed in an unexpected marriage proposal?

    Or Kalae All Day snatching the first all female Show & Prove title…

    Or St. Joe Louis dread slanging set last December…

    Or Homeboy Sandman bringing up Fresh Daily during his headlining performance…

    Or that crazy cypher with Prezzure and FinaL OutlaW and Wordpit and P.SO and everyone else…

    You’ve grown nicely Show & Prove, while always staying true to your mission: providing the platform for the next generation to show their skills; to prove that they are worthy.

    As you venture into year your next year, as more and more hungry artists grace your stage, crafting a legacy of their own — I look forward to witnessing your inevitable maturation. I look forward to witnessing you continue to carry the torch for The Underground.

    I look forward to your growth, while remaining the same.


    Happy Born Day, Show & Prove.

    “These dudes up here, these are our Stevie Wonders. These are our Marvin Gayes. These are our Teddy Pendegrasses. All that shit that yall grew up with that yall parents listen to – we are creating it right now. This is history making right now.” – Wes Jackson at the May 21st Show and Prove

    Videos provided by NattyNight, Ka5p, Lyriq2go, Madomoisselle, and The-Quotable Youtube Channel.

Discussion 6 Responses

  1. March 31, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    That brought a tear to my eye. Show&prove ya major!

    Thank u for the lane!

  2. April 1, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Damn! Makes me feel good!!! like Holley in Monsters ball, lol

  3. April 3, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by brooklynbodega: Letter to Show & Prove: A Retrospective: http://bit.ly/dlVDIb by @thecompanyman. A look back at the growing legacy of Show & Prove……

  4. April 4, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    man in my mind, i heard the retrospective music in the background as i was reading that…..this is supersteroidope!!!!

  5. April 5, 2010 at 12:24 am

    That was touching and im honored to be a part of Brooklyn Bodega History.. Thank you!

  6. April 22, 2010 at 10:12 am