Surprise guest: This spectacular animated gif!
The last time Cormega played the Knitting Factory—yes, there was a last time—he was in good form, making jokes from the stage while still being menacing, and politicking with the crowd post-set like he’d never been signed to a major. Plus, like his Queens frenemy Prodigy, he’s hitting his prime. With Gang Starr affiliate Big Shug, Brooklyn mixtape champ of the moment Skyzoo, Reks, and Statik Selektah, the DJ whose debut album, last year’s Spell My Name Right, refuses to acknowledge any sonic or regional evolution in hip-hop since the mid-‘90s. — JON CARAMANICA.
Cormega, Knitting Factory Main Space, 74 Leonard St., New York, NY.