When: Fri., July 10, 8 p.m. 2015
Where did all the beatboxers go? Here’s a theory. As the cell phone stayed true to the exponential promise of Moore’s Law, it became a mobile entertainment center, able to YouTube, Spotify and stream every beat and instrumental cut on the internet. So, as the future Slick Ricks of the world are out there honing their rhymes to a Mike Will instrumental, the future Doug E. Freshs are out there playing Candy Crush instead of learning to imitate the drum kit and 808. The Human Beatbox, as if there was any other type, is Scientologist Doug E. Fresh, the great booster of the vocal percussive style. In the ’80s, Fresh teamed with eye-patched rap storyteller Slick Rick for hits like “The Show” and “La Di Da Di,” an innocuous pair of Golden Era hits. In the early ’00s, Fresh was a staple on the nostalgia-porn VH1 programs (which, while we’re here, set the template for the nostalgia-listicle templates that we’ve all scrolled through in shame). With Keith Sweat, Simply Rayne.