15-Years of URB Party At New York's Opus 22

Soul & Johanna (ID Models)Last night’s URB 15-Year Anniversay Party at Manhattan west side hot spot, Opus 22 was rocking last night. The long-running urban music and DJ culture magazine, published by Raymond Roker, gave something back last night to a city that has always supported the iconic Left Coast rag.

A few weeks ago, in another post in this blog space, I decried that URB is like the Rolling Stone of DJ culture, and I really hold to that. In an industry that has seen it’s share of magazine and web sites come and go (including this one!), to have published a music magazine for 15-years is one hell of a forminable accomplishment. One that Raymond Roker and all the others who have contributed to the magazine for the past 15-years should be very proud of.

Of course, nothing’s better than a industry party with a few superstar DJs on a Wednesday night in the Big Apple. Moby, Princess Superstar, El-P and DJ Shakeyface graced the decks with a mix of old school jams that caught me by surprise. Moby dropped the acid classic from Inner City, Good Life and twisted it up with Bizarre Inc’s Euro-house dance hit, “I’m Gonna Get You” while Princess Superstar rocked Cameo’s funk classic, Word Up and Debbie Deb’s freestyle anthem, When I Hear Music. This just confirms to me even though I’ve gone pretty much all digital, I shouldn’t sell my vinyl collection just yet.

What’s a party without bringing my camera to capture some pics of the industry crowd jammin to the sounds and unwinding mid-week.

Opus 22 on 22nd StreetJesse Lee, Adam Copeland and Alex Scotturb1.jpg
urb9.jpgurb8.jpgURB 15-year anniversary pics 2
urb7.jpgBrandon, Jamel Robinson and Shirley from Clear Channel RadioSatelliteRecords.com founder, Scott Richmond and URB's Raymond Roker
urb10.jpgPrincess SuperstarThe beautiful one behind the bar!
My girl is feeling great!Moby and Princess SuperstarRockin the Adidas gear!
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The hottest couple!Moby and Princess Superstar
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