I Partied Hard With Far East Movement
[Editor's note: Soon-to-be-award-winning gonzo music journalist Danielle Bacher prowls the late late night scene for West Coast Sound. For this installment, she hit the town with L.A. hip-hop group Far East Movement -- most famous for their 2010 number one song "Like a G6" -- in debauchery fashion.]
Danielle Bacher Prohgress (Left) and Kev Nish (Right)
2:37 p.m.: It's mid-September, and I'm at the Mad Decent Block Party in Downtown L.A., watching a bleary-eyed girl sit cross-legged on the ground. She just puked nachos into a trashcan. She proceeds to pop three ecstasy pills into her mouth. She pulls down her black tank to reveal her right nipple. She got it pierced two days ago. It looks swollen and infected. "You wanna touch it?" she asks.
See also: Our review of the Mad Decent Block Party
2:39 p.m.: Far East Movement member James Roh, aka Prohgress, doesn't notice the girl. He's standing backstage on a black T-shirt that reads "We So Mutha Fucking Illest" and blue pants with a detailed chain pattern on them. Fellow group member DJ Virman tips his hat and adjusts the gold chain around his neck, while MCs Kev Nish and J-Splif fist bump.
2:41 p.m.: Rapper Riff Raff, who is on the bill for the show, holds a red plastic cup in his hand. A friend pours what must be about four shots of Hennessy into it.
Danielle Bacher Riff Raff (Center)
2:42 p.m.: Riff Raff gulps the booze down as he cradles his Siberian husky puppy, which he just acquired as has named Jody Husky. He whispers something into the dog's ear and adjusts his multi-colored shades. "I gotta go!" he announces and dashes toward the stage.
Danielle Bacher Jody Husky
2:43 p.m.: "We were going to the local lean dealership when we met Riff Raff," jokes Nish. In actuality, the group met Riff a few months ago after he heard the beat for their new track "The Illest" on a friend's phone. He met up with them at a studio and proceeded to freestyle over it, which ended up on the released version. Before Riff left, it is said, he tried to steal J-Splif's shoes because they matched his outfit.
2:44 p.m.: "We've been seeing Riff on the Internet like crazy. We honestly always try to think outside the box and be different with our collabs," says Nish. "We thought Riff would be the perfect dude for the track because the song isn't a statement about being the illest. It's a mentality. It don't matter how skinny and lanky you are, how dorky you are or how cool you are. It's a badass feeling that today you don't give a fuck, and he gets that."
2:46 p.m.: It's that time. Riff brings Far East Movement onstage to perform their song "The Illest" from FM's mixtape Grizzly. The track has a trance-y intro, but it morphs into a dubstep-influenced hip-hop track. The crowd loves it.
Danielle Bacher Far East Movement and Riff Raff
2:48 p.m.: Prohgress dives into the crowd while the rest of the group jumps around manically on stage.
Danielle Bacher Prohgress Dives Into the Crowd
3:01 p.m.: Riff Raff has gone over his set time, and so his sound gets cut off in the middle of his song. "GET OUT OF HERE RIGHT NOW! THE EXIT IS THIS WAY!" yells a security guard, who proceeds to escort Riff Raff out of the venue. Apparently there's an altercation back stage, but nobody's exactly sure of the details.