Once upon a time, there were a trio of Creative Class Brooklyn Punkswho ditched their instruments so they could rap about drinking Brass Monkey, smoking "woolers" and stealing cars. They wore giant over sized chains and cursed wherever it was inappropriate. Sure, after they finished "rhyming and stealing" the globe, and got cheated out of a few million in royalties - the Beastie Boys changed up, picked up their instruments again and started doing yoga - but their blunt-blazed trail from Brooklyn to Broadway, while crossed by acts like Cyprus Hill - has never been retraced.
25 years later, Willamsburg rap trio Ninjasonik have come to change all that. I can speak from personal experience that they WILL drink your bottle of Jack Daniels if you're dumb enough to leave it unguarded. But given anthems like "B.A.R.S."you can only blame yourself for being dumb enough to leave it their in the first place. DJ/Producer Teenwolf, who is usually wearing a half-werewolf mask sets the tone with beats that draw from his love of DC hardcore punk, dance music and hip hop - and his rappers Reverend McFly and Telli "Bathroomsexxx" Gramm can be found in the crowd almost as often as onstage, doing their best to incite slam-dancing, grinding and minor riots.
Like the Beastie Boys, Ninjasonik make great music videos. Their safe-sex anthem "Somebody Gonna Get Pregnant" featuresMcFly hilariously bobbing his head on each side of a massively pregnant stomach, chanting the title for several minutes after explaining why he isn't down with his pick up of the night telling him not to "wrap it up." "B.A.R.S." shows the group taking over a subway car with their posse of girls and brothers who wear tight pants. Their remix of Matt & Kim's worldwide club hit "Daylight" rings as true as an IRS audit, because while the joker-smiley duo might not like the daylight ending their party - daylight ruining Ninjasonik's happens with more regularity than a PA calling out "code blue" on the "Rock Of Love" set.
Saturday night, Ninjasonik make their Miami debut at Grand Central - which has come under some scrutiny of late for starting their shows early - as opposed to starting them on Miami time. So be sure to get there by 10pm, or else - somebody might (not) get pregnant.