After gracing many a Boiler Room in London, I was keen to head to a session while in the big apple, so when Saturday night's New Era Caps session with ScHoolboy Q and Pusha T finally came around, there was no place else I would have rather spent my last night out in New York.
Arriving 45 minutes in, we were surprised nothing had kicked off but the venue, found in downtown New York, was rammed wall to wall by some of New York's trendiest music lovers.
Mayer Hawthorne kicked off the session with a mixture of the new and the old; what started with Kanye ended with The Beach Boys and other retro tunes, receiving somewhat mixed reviews around the room. Classic old school hiphop filled the venue as Large Pro stepped up and no feet stood still throughout. From KRS-One to Nas to Jay Z, Large Pro essentially brought a 'celebration of "real hip-hop" to Boiler Room.
Next up, and causing a stir throughout the room, was Pusha T. This was when it really went off. Everyone went wild when he dropped 'Grindin' from his former music presence The Clipse. Fans sung along, knowing almost every word to every track as they bounced around the venue.
Not to be out down was ScHoolboy Q. Turning up high and 15 minutes after the supposed 11pm close of the session, the crowd greeted him like a god - step aside Kanye - and hung on his every word. "iBETiGOTSUMWEED' had to be the track of the set, causing the heat to rise and sweat to drip profusely as shapes were thrown about the room.
We drank, we danced, we sang and we sweat. As we filtered out of the venue, we were just as overwhelmed by the humid New York City heat as we had been inside but full of good spirits, venturing off to carry out the rest of our Saturday night after a successful start.