Spank Rock’s set at Siren wasn’t a concert. It was a dance party. A couple songs in, MC Spank Rock (Naeem Juwan) invited the crowd behind the barrier to come dance in the pit. Mind you, this was after he brought people on stage to dance. It seemed the group would stop at nothing to turn the ex-Coney Island parking lot into a club. The crowd was definitely on Spank Rock’s side, gaining energy after a long day of standing in the sun. Rapping in stride with a playful cadence and constant grins, the group, led primarily by Juwan, turned the boardwalk on its bad side (that’s the good kind of bad, Mom).
They churned out the stuff they’re known for, primarily off 2006’s YoYoYoYoYo, but threw in some other gems (a rendition of Booty Bass’ “Shake That Ass”). Being the sole and seemingly token hip-hop act on the bill for the day didn’t seem to affect anyone. Spank Rock played flawlessly like nobody and everybody was watching. And the crowd played right into their hands and loved every second.
UPDATE: The group apparently played a second “show” on the Williamsburg bridge. Epic.
More photos after the jump.
[All photos by James B. Hale/Knox Road from Siren Music Festival]