DJ Rude One and Pumpin Pete | The Goodness 5 Year Anniversary at darkroom | August 17, 2012
Photo: Max Herman
It seems like just yesterday that one of Chicago’s most respected hip-hop nights, The Goodness, was celebrating its four-year anniversary at darkroom with special guest J Rocc. After taking a year-long hiatus, this party curated by DJ Rude One and Sang Yi returned to darkroom for a five-year anniversary. What the Goodness is best known for is uniting out-of-town talent (Alchemist, DJ Babu, etc.) with top notch, albeit often underappreciated, Chicago DJs and producers. The five-year celebration was no exception; Rude One was joined on the four-turntable setup by local selectors Shon Dervis, Shazam Bangles and Pumpin Pete for a heavy dose of scratching and timeless hip-hop. Later, Boston’s Edan, a DJ/MC/producer and nostalgic eccentric, changed the course of the night, playing an all-vinyl set of obscure but punchy psych rock and other dusty finds. The highlight of his set, though, was his signature Johnny The Fox routine, where he simultaneously raps and scratches. Last up was D-Styles, a resident at L.A.’s legendary beat-driven night, Low End Theory. In contrast to the up-tempo, break beat style of Edan’s set, D-Styles kept it slow and low, cutting up booming bass-heavy tracks each one at a time. From the G-Funk of Death Row to the reggae of Max Romeo, D-Styles' selections were always on point and the head-nodding rhythm that he created via his turntable cuts really made this headlining set.