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The Upperclass Men At Mercury Lounge, Friday, April 22nd, 2011

The Upperclass Men of BKNY, played a RapRocksShow at the Mercury Lounge in LES this past April the 22nd.

A large seven piece band, consisting of drummer, bass, guitar, and keyboardist, as well as the "BUYAKACHA" of the group, three emcee frontmen, Coy "Mr. Harris" Harris, Shareef "R.S." Swindell, and the mastermind behind the grind, Hollis "HD" Stephenson.

I first encountered this band at SXSW in Austin, Texas, they were playing at the same venue, and we had that BK connection. And since I saw no music at SXSW,(next year I will), I have been waiting to see em live since March. They have come through the Sound Machine, ( studio I work out of on 23rd and Lex) before to talk biz, so they were familiar faces, just the whole stage under the feet thing was new..

When you look at the stage the first thing you see is three very well dressed black rappers, all in collard shirts and hip ties, two out of three with some hater blocking stunner shades. You can see/feel some of their energy immediately oozing off stage into and through all in attendance at Mercury Lounge. It was evident, they were ready to rock, and they were going to bring it.

This was no poker face either.. Showtime hit and they didn't stop jumping, and jammin and grooving and moving around the stage the entire show, but not in an boring or distracting way, in a transferring of energy way. They feed off each others energy, which keeps the bar constantly rising, like a high jump at the Olympics, higher and higher with each song. Their onstage chemistry was tremendous; a very quick and ever so smooth mid-verse-mic-exchange between HD and R.S., due to a sound tech problem,  proved this.

Their child prodigy of a  guitarist, ripped a nice un-rehearsed solo after their 1st song, to much applause from the crowd.

Their 2nd track, "Vae Victuf, really set the tone for the rest of the evening, with its quick raps, high energy, and lucid flow. "Woe to the vanquished" is its latin translation, which Brennus shouted at the Romans, for the conquered have no rights!

 If you search for "Chuck Norris" using google, below is what pops to your screen..

Google won't search for Chuck Norris because it knows you don't find Chuck Norris, he finds you.

No standard web pages containing all your search terms were found. 

Your search – Chuck Norris – did not match any documents. 


  • Run, before he finds you
  • Try a different person"

The Upperclass Men finished their set with a song entitled "Chuck Norris," it was vastly more entertain than Googles playful internet prank.. you must catch a live show to fully experience what I'm referring to and luckily they have another NYC show at Brooklyn Bowl sometime in late may, 5/29 is the rumored date.. What you will witness is this, The Roots meeting The Beastie Boys at a bar, after they have been swimming with Eminem while Kanye West was playing the life guard. Get it?

They bring you up to their level for most of the show.. Very few times did they slow down tempo or let you relax a bit. Which, as a listener I have mixed feeling about. Sometimes its good to toy with your audience and take them on a trip, like my TiVo stock over the last few weeks…

I always enjoy meeting bands filled with good, genuine, music loving people.. They are all young though, some are very young. Once they get a few more shows under their belt, ( like 50-100 more this year with my help) then they will truly be a force to reckon with.

A sit down with the members of The UpperClass Men coming soon.. until then.. and they defiantly are 

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