Doug E. Fresh, Rahzel & Nicole Paris’ Beatbox Cypher Is Supernaturally Dope. (Video)
Based upon its recognition in the mainstream, beatboxing may seem passé. While Rap groups like the Fat Boys and Get Fresh Crew kept the booming sound effects closely in tow, the emergence of the Hip-Hop producer and improved technology have challenged the gifted breath control and malleable mouths of yesteryear. Well, if beatboxing seems old school, Doug E. Fresh, Rahzel, and Nicole Paris have a message for you, care of their 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards cypher:
The self-proclaimed “world’s greatest entertainer” and last year’s I Am Hip Hop Award-winner gets things started with his evolving live show. Starting with Rahzel’s beat, Doug raps like the MC extraordinaire he is. On the solo front, Nicole Paris brings in a 2010s beatbox sensibility. The YouTube sensation from St. Louis, Missouri (who famously battled her father) takes the ’80s foundation before bringing in those low-end effects that recreate the Trap-style and EDM-infused beats of today. Nicole’s lung capacity is staggering, as she takes the intro beat started by Rah’, and truly runs with it.
Next up is onetime Roots member and former MCA Records artist Rahzel. The Queens, New Yorker stands behind the turntables for a reason. There, he recreates beats (and corresponding DJ routine hand motions) by the Clipse, East Flatbush Project, and more. Lastly, Doug comes back in with his beatbox style. Like Hip-Hop contemporaries LL Cool J and Dr. Dre, the Harlem, New York knows how to balance his repertoire with the sounds and styles that made him famous, while adding new vocal effects to the juggle. In the closing minutes, the trio of masters shows that beatboxing as an art is only improving.
Perhaps some of the artists in the crowd may holler to those on stage the next time they need that organic, natural sound?