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Salt-N-Pepa, Slick Rick Rock the Stage in Brooklyn

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Last night, thousands of fans flocked to Brooklyn’s Wingate Field to catch old school night as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series. The free event featured performances from Naughty By Nature, Slick Rick and headliners Salt-N-Pepa, who brought out special guest Busta Rhymes to the surprise of those in attendance. The concert may have been billed as ‘old school,’ but the artists proved that after all these years, they still knew how to get busy on the mic and rock the crowd right.

Slick Rick was first to take the stage, rocking a giant gold necklace and his signature eye patch. Ricky D, who’s slated to perform at this year’s Rock the Bells Festival, threw it back to the 80s with hits like ‘Mona Lisa,’ ‘The Ruler’s Back’ and ‘Hey Young World,’ hitting a home run with his 1985 classic ‘La Di Da Di’ where he rhymed over a sparse beatbox.

Naughty By Nature, who recently spoke with The BoomBox, kept the crowd hyped with cuts from their catalog, revving up the audience with tracks like ‘OPP’ and ‘Hip Hop Hooray,’ before which Treach gave a shout out to Brooklyn. “We shot the video for this song in Brooklyn,” he said before ripping through the cut with his partner-in-rhyme Vin Rock. After shouting out fallen soldiers such as Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur, the group cleared the way for the night’s headliners. “Up next, my baby’s momma!” said Treach of Pepa, with whom he has a child.

After a few hours of steady old school flavor, Salt-N-Pepa tore it down with their hour-long set, kicking things off with a few deeper tracks from their discography. With booty shorts and a white tank top, Pepa traded bars with Salt on ‘I’ll Take Your Man’ and ‘Push It,’ pausing the show to bring out special guest Busta Rhymes who performed ‘Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See.’

The rest of the show played like a greatest hits album, with the girls getting down sans member Spinderella on ‘Shoop,’ ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ and ‘Whatta Man,’ where Salt brought out her man and Pepa declared, “Shout out to my baby’s daddy!” The concert ended on a religious note, with Salt bigging up the Almighty with a rendition of Kirk Franklin‘s ‘Shout,’ with Pepa draping a towel around her shoulders as she preached from the lip of the stage. The artists of the evening may have been old school, but they still knew how to kick it.

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