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Clipse Claim “Best Duo Ever” Title At NY Sneaker Pimps Concert

The Clipse proclaimed itself the best rap twosome ever Friday night (June 26) as they closed out Sneaker Pimps’s New York City tour stop.

“Third times a charm from the best duo ever,” promised Malice, as he and Pusha T performed “Kinda Like A Big Deal,” the lead single from their forthcoming third album, Til The Casket Drops.

The Thorton Brothers were among a handful of rap acts represented on the night’s bill, which also featured Midwestern pair The Cool Kids, OutKast half Big Boi, D-Block general Jadakiss and XXL alum Wale.

Set in Manhattan’s Terminal 5, the event was a hipster heaven. Behind the stage was a caged off skateboard ramp, where boarders kick-pushed from side to side. Meanwhile, in the venue’s standing room, graphic tees and exclusive Nike Dunks and Jordan kicks were on display for guests to purchase.

Performances were tailored to the sneaker culture, too. Wale, the night’s first notable performer, joked with the crowd about shoe sizes before launching into his radar-evading smash “Nike Boots.” Other tracks, like “Chillin’” and “Go Mode” got lukewarm responses, with one daring audience member demanding Wale exit the stage.

“I got some niggas that will beat the shit out of you right now,” Wale told the detractor, before leading the rest of the crowd into a back-and-forth chant of “Hater.”

The Cool Kids were next on the lineup, rocking bass-heavy, cult favorites like “I (Mikey) Rock,” “Black Mags,” and “88,” which was mixed with Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story” melody.

While Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish’s somewhat repetitive old-school vibe grew tiring, hometown rep Jadakiss was the clear crowd favorite. Fans were drunk off nostalgia as the Lox star breezed though classics like “Wild Out” and “Blood Pressure,” as well as newer cuts like “Smoking Gun” and “Who’s Real.”

Jada’s energy lacked, but Big Boi injected a much-needed jolt, keeping the remnants of the slimming crowd dancing to “I Like The Way You Move” and “Kryptonite,” and previewing tracks from his upcoming album, Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty.

Short on time, Clipse kept it short and street, emerging on stage to their modern classic “Grindin’” followed by “Keys Open Doors.”

Sneaker Pimps, the world’s largest touring sneaker hip-hop lifestyle exhibition, hits Philadelphia next, on July 9. –John Kennedy

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