"H20, Hip Hop and Oxygen" – HBMS

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“Hip-hop informs my life in general,” Mr. Huang said… “The only two American things that made sense to me growing up were hip-hop and barbecue.”

Both of those cultural forces contribute to the Baohaus ethos. Mr. Huang was so determined to find employees who shared his taste in music that he placed “help wanted” ads on Craigslist that hinged on cryptic snippets of lyrics. If you didn’t happen to know that “play Nintendo with Cease-a-Leo” was a nod to a Notorious B.I.G. song, well, you might not fit in.

“That’s how we hired people,” he said.

In all the time I’ve lived in Brooklyn, I can’t believe I never got my a$$ to BAM. I guess it took ?uestlove to get me there, and for Shuffle Culture no less. Had perfect seats in the fist row of the Mezzanine and loved being shaken up by the switching between different music. Hard to explain what it was, but I like that.

Favorite Part: Audiobots by a landslide. Rahzel and Kenny Muhammad. Now that’s Beat-MOTHERFUCKIN-Boxing. Could barely stand it they were so good.

Runner Up: Deerhoof’s cover of PJ Harvey’s Plants and Rags.

Waiting for the curtain to go up at BAM.