What’s Hot in Hip Hop was in the building for Maria Davis’ MAD Wednesday celebrating Mike Hatch’s birthday at Shrine in Harlem this past week. Truth be told, I can be found at MAD Wednesdays almost every month. I’ve been a long time supporter of Maria Davis & MAD Wednesdays. If you don’t recognize her name, you might recognize her voice. Maria makes a cameo on Jay-Z’s 22 Two’s off of Reasonable Doubt, as HOV used to perform for Maria’s showcase early on in his career.
Personally, Maria has opened up many doors for me as an artist. I’ve had the pleasure of gracing the MAD Wednesday stage with some major acts, including her son, Skotch Davis, who was there to support his mother. I’ve also gotten to perform for Lifebeat, an organization that uses the power of music to fight HIV/ AIDS, thanks to Maria and her activism work.
To me, Maria is a friend, a mentor, and a true hero. I’ll be joining her for the third year to walk AIDS Walk NY this May, along with her First
Corinthians Baptist Church team mates, and some familiar faces within the entertainment industry.
It was a packed house for the monthly event on the west side of Harlem. Many people came out to celebrate the birthday of Mike Hatch, who has been another major mentor and supporter of mine. The lineup was chock full of different acts from NYC and the outer boroughs. I also happened to take the stage this week in celebration of my dear friend’s birthday as per Mike’s request. Thanks to the amazing house band, musicians who are more like family now, who backed me up for a couple of my original songs. DJ Bring Em Out was there as always holding it down for the artists and for the after party.
As a special treat, Dane Dane took the stage for some fun to close out the night. Skotch Davis joined him on stage for some laughs and a performance of one his songs. I also had the pleasure of Skotch joining me on stage earlier in the night for a freestyle on my song, “Him or the Music.” It was a great night of live music, classic hip hop, and good vibes.
You never know who might show up for MAD Wednesdays. This was certainly a night for the books. Jeremiah Massaquoi, Sunday Best contestant and personal friend, touched the stage and added to all the performances lending his distinct backup vocals. Keith “Just Sayin'” Richards performed with the avid support of his hometown fans. Ahmed from the “Power Is Industry” showcase was there, as always, to support Maria and promote his Power 105.1 affiliated showcase. This is just a handful of the people who were in attendance for the showcase.
If it’s not here, it’s not hot. This is what’s hot in hip hop.