Vockah Redu & The Cru were the last addition to the Church of Love & Ruin Tour, along with DJ BeesKnees. Daniel of the What Cheer? Brigade brought them to my attention just as the tour was coming together. During their numerous performance trips to New Orleans, members of the What Cheer? gradually became aware of the Sissy Bounce movement. “We’d find ourselves on these weird shows with all kinds of crossover… where someone from the punk band that played would be DJing hip hop… marching bands… bounce emcees… other weird acts… and we’d constantly be running into Sissy Bounce acts and people like DJ BeesKnees.”
For my part, I’d been enjoying Bounce music as a fan and studying it as an emcee for years, and jumped at the opportunity to include it in a show. If you’re not familiar with Bounce as a genre, use the internet or something. Emcees like Juvenile, Birdman, and Lil Wayne have all been described as Bounce or kept a foot in Bounce through the years, but I’d also recommend you check out artists like Cheeky Blakk and Magnolia Shorty and get familiar, ehhhh?
“Sissy Bounce,” is a sort of subgrene or scene-within-a-scene, characterized by openly gay emcees on the mic. For more on that aspect of the story, check this Vanity Fair piece featuring Vockah.
As for Vockah Redu, he couldn’t be a more perfect fit for the Church of Love & Ruin. The Times-Picayune put it nicely when they said “Vockah Redu & The Cru combine street-level ass-shaking, combining spiritual and sexual energy with straight-up New Orleans Bounce roots, like if Prince and Erykah Badu had a baby and raised it in the Magnolia Projects.”
I might add Afrika Bambaataa to that list, as well as a few others. Whoever you compare them to, Vockah & The Cru get it. I couldn’t be more excited to bring them to the Northeast and my audience for the first time. Don’t start no stuff won’t be no stuff!
Video for your face:
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