Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey
COLUMBUS, IN – The Beats pumped out of the door of Le Petit Caraibes like a fully loaded automatic weapon parting the airwaves, and landing explosively in the ears of the incoming patrons. The crowd was packed tightly inside, but the close quarters did not stem the hip gyrations brought on by the DJ’s mad skills. The DJ tonight was DJ Spoolz, and he was spinning for one of the only crews that deserve his talents, Cut Camp.
Cut Camp is a group that has come together from all over Indiana. They’re comprised of 4 groups, 2 DJs, and a videographer bringing their number to 10. The performance at Le Petit Caraibes was hosted by Black Eddie aka Rashaad the God, and included displays of skill from the host himself, DJ Jay Diff, LONEgevity, Its Gritts, Big Skittz, Ace One, Scoot Dubs, and R-Juna. The night was Round Robin style meaning instead of each group doing a set they each do a song and then pass the mic. Every single emcee rapping that night definitely knew his way around a mic too. They each threw out track after track of hard-hitting rhymes. ProForms, made up of Ace One, Big Skittz, and DJ Spoolz, turned it out with true style in their set, and had the crowd begging for more. LONEgevity and Its Gritts aka Hinx Jones stepped up to the plate to please them, and took the crowd on a pleasure cruise in their mellow ride. When Black Eddie finally dropped “Boom Kick“, a crowd favorite, the room went nuts, and the roof was beyond raised much to the pleasure of DJ Spoolz. Scoot Dubs even asked the crowd for an extra round of roof raising in between tracks just to see his roof raising loving friend, Spoolz, smiled a little wider.
Finally the end of the show came, but the crowd just couldn’t let go. Sadly, Cut Camp had not prepared an encore, but Big Skittz stepped up to save the day with some old school freestyle. Just sixteen lines delivered with heart was all it took for Skittz to show the fans what real hip-hop was all about, and always will be. In the end, the blissful look on the face of every person in the house made it clear that their love affair with hip-hop had only just begun, and each of the guys in Cut Camp surely left a little piece of their hearts behind them when they left Columbus that night.