Essence Fest old-school DJ action



Grandmaster Flash will be behind the wheels of steel at the fest proper. But fans can get that old-school hip-hop flavor even without entering the Dome, starting tomorrow at the W Hotel at 10p.m., when the vinyl princess Spinderella (yes, that Spinderella) takes over the ones and twos at's First Friday party.

Continuing the vintage vibe is a set of DJ appearances from Biz Markie, who's spinning Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at the Metropolitan in the Warehouse District. Friday night he's joined by local DJ Raj Smoove, as well as pioneering rapper MC Lyte, host of BET's Hip-Hop vs. America, who played Essence last year.

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