June 12, 2012
High energy at YUSH
curtis campbell, STAR Writer
Heineken YUSH, hosted at the National Arena last Saturday, delivered classic old-school music to the approval of its loyal followers who secured the ground and upper floors of the arena.
At 11 p.m. Renaissance started the juggling by playing old-school hip hop such as Only You by Biggie Smalls. The venue was practically empty at this point, however, the few early patrons kept themselves occupied at the Grace Detox bar where they drank soup, while others sampled the range of alcohol at the bars.
The venue was decorated complementing the green of title sponsors Heineken, and was flanked by the beautiful DREAM girls who were also promoting the upcoming DREAM Week party series.
As promised by the promoters, there would be more music than talking, and they held their promise.
Another noticeable feature of YUSH was the fashion statement made by most of the ladies who dressed in high heels and close fitted dresses or leggings.
The outskirts of the venue carried a photo station branded by Pepsi, and this station captured some of the celebrities and fashion statements that stood out in the night.
DJ Arif Cooper took over at minutes to 1 a.m. and played Bounty Killer's Cellular Phone and LL Cool J's Doin' It.
The party began taking shape in size and vibes by this time, as patrons began to fill the dance floor.
The DJ was, however, marred by technical difficulties, but by 1:15 a.m the dance floor was filled with patrons who danced to his final selections until he handed over to DJ Delano of Renaissance at 1:45 a.m.
Delano started his segment on a high note by playing Legalise It by Wayne Marshall, then a series of hits from 50 Cent's Get Rich Or Die Trying album.
Big Pimping by Jay-Z and Whoa by Black Rob had the patrons bumping their heads and shouting the words of each lyric.
Bounty Killer's Hip Hopera featuring Lauryn Hill received roars of approval as Delano stamped his class, maturity and experience through his choice of music selections.
His transitions were swift and smooth, therefore patrons were not allowed to be bored. The DJ whipped up hit songs from all musical directions, in the process successfully getting the patrons to sing to popular punchlines.
Delano landed safely at 2:30 a.m and another veteran, DJ Rory from Stone Love, piloted the rest of the party in true old-school fashion. He described his segment as being sexy, and encouraged the men to dance with the women.
"Mi find sey things change and man nuh waah dance with woman, suh di man dem brave up and di woman dem free up," he belted.
He then went on to play R. Kelly's Bump And Grind, If I Ever Fall In Love Again by Shai, and couples were seen pairing up to dance.
Following these R&B selections, DJ Rory began to play reggae music such as Bob Marley's Natural Mystic, and the audience sang along.
Gregory Isaacs' Night Nurse also had the patrons singing and dancing in an atmosphere of tranquility.
The STAR left the venue at minutes after 3 a.m., while Stone Love continued to thrill the audience with classic reggae songs, taking modern DJs to school.
Local celebrities who turned out at YUSH include Bounty Killer, Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt.