Converse Rubber Tracks Live Is Back Tonight!


The much ballyhooed and successful Converse Rubber Tracks Live series is back tonight with a free, incredibly diverse and “sold out” in minutes show featuring venerable Long Island post-punk mathletes Glassjaw, the frenetic/psychedelic (and ironically named) Balance & Composure, and Queens’ rappers World’s Fair. It’s all going down at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and we’re pretty excited about it.

The official crew debut of World’s Fair, Bastards of the Party, is out on Fools Gold September 3. The label has been batting 1000 of late, and if the first song off the album, “96 Knicks,” is any indication, they aren’t interested in slowing down. We caught up with World’s Fair members Remy Banks and Prince SAMO a bit ago for a group primer. This is what we learned.


Meet The Crew…
Remy Banks: “Prince SAMO is Super Cat in rap form! He’s live from Hillside; that’s the black god, Godzilla. Jeff Donna is an extreme lyricist whose wordplay is ridiculous. Then there’s Cody B. Ware, who’s a very emotional and passionate rapper, but his songs are entertaining too. People really relate to his music and he has like die hard fans. From Children Of The Night, Nasty Nigel is one of the most abstract artists that I’ve ever met in my life. Not only does he rap crazy, but his style is very funky. Lansky Jones is very intelligent and his metaphors are insane and his wordplay is cool. There’s DJ THOTH, who’s our fashionista but he’s very mysterious — nobody knows who he is… And me? They’ll probably say I’m the stoner, the quiet one that sits in the back all the time and smokes.

The Style…
Prince SAMO: I’d say our music is a futuristic boom-bap situation. It’s very nostalgic, but at the same time it’s extremely dark and it’s an innovative way of doing something that’s taking the old to the new. It’s inspired by records and hip-hop music we grew up listening to, but it’s definitely our take on it.

Queens Represent…
Remy Banks: Flushing is the center and we’re all surrounding it, but none of us are actually from Flushing. I’m from Forest Hills, Nigel’s from Corona, Lansky’s from Roosevelt Island, and Cody, Jeff and Prince are from Jamaica.

The Legend Of Nasty Nigel’s Mustache…

Remy Banks: Nigel takes a lot of pride in his mustache. He switches it up quiet often. He’s very seasonal with it. In the summertime it’ll be trimmed to a certain length, and then in the wintertime it’ll be like the handle-bar joint with the beard connecting. He takes a lot of time with it.

The Live Experience…
Prince SAMO: When we perform it’s a lot of high energy and wild shit. There’s usually a lot of beer getting poured on the crowd and ourselves, and girls getting knocked out by mistake…

Remy Banks: If you’ve ever been to a World’s Fair show, you know that you’re gonna come through and see some wild shit. You’re gonna see things thrown off stage like blow up dolls and doo-rags and a lot of women too. If you’re a guy and you come to a World’s Fair show you’ll find yourself a nice little woman that’s into hip-hop.

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