Capital Concert Series 2018

Capital Concert Series ft. Rob Base, CL Smooth, & Mr. Cheeks

Presented by Miller Lite on Wednesday, July 31 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Capital Concert Series featuring Rob Base, CL Smooth, and Mr. Cheeks
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Capital Concert Series

Presented by
Miller Lite

Rob Base, CL Smooth, & Mr. Cheeks

Wednesday, July 31 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Empire State Plaza


5:30 p.m.518 DJ Battle
6:30 p.m.CL Smooth
7:15 p.m.Mr. Cheeks
8:00 p.m.Rob Base

Rob Base

Rob Base is an American hip hop artist from Harlem, New York City. He is best known for the single "It Takes Two", a hip-hop staple that was a top 40 hit and has been certified platinum by the RIAA. That song was a part of the album of the same name, which also has been certified platinum. He is known for being a pioneer of the crossover success that rap music would have in the popular music mainstream. In 2008, his song "It Takes Two" was ranked number 37 on VH1's 100 greatest songs of hip hop. Spin magazine published a list titled "100 Greatest Singles of All Time" in 1989 and ranked "It Takes Two" at number one. In 2021, it was listed at number 116 on Rolling Stone's "Top 500 Best Songs of All Time".
Portrait of Rob Base wearing a black hat and a red track suit.

CL Smooth

As one-half of the classic-era hip-hop duo Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, C.L. Smooth was responsible for penning some of hip-hop's timeless classics, including "The Creator," "Straighten It Out," "Take You There," and the landmark "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)." His smooth voice, effortless flow, and conscious lyrics were easily recognizable signatures of Smooth's style, and with Pete Rock's soulful and funky backing, they distinguished themselves as a formidable duo even amid the flourishing of many other acclaimed alternative rap groups in the early '90s. Smooth, born Corey Penn, was raised on his grandparents' jazz music. Growing up in Mount Vernon, NY, his grandfather always used to find ways of integrating jazz into many aspects of his daily life. Signed to Elektra, C.L. Smooth released three highly regarded efforts -- 1991's All Souled Out EP, 1992's Mecca and the Soul Brother, and 1994's The Main Ingredient -- which quickly inducted them into hip-hop's elite with similar jazz-rap groups like A Tribe Called Quest and Gang Starr.
Portrait of CL Smooth sitting in a studio chair wearing a white t-shirt and jeans.

Mr. Cheeks

Before establishing himself as a solo artist in the early 2000s, Mr. Cheeks made a name for himself as a member of the Lost Boyz in the mid- to late '90s. Cheeks and the other members of the Lost Boyz practiced a sincere, literate, non-sensational style of New York hip-hop. As a result, they never attained substantial commercial success, yet garnered substantial critical acclaim and were underground favorites. Cheeks resurfaced, and he came with a more mature outlook on life that informed his rhymes with a greater sense of knowledge and truth than before. His debut solo album, John P. Kelly, featured the massive hit single "Lights, Camera, Action!" as well as production by a broad roster of producers including Stephen Marley, Bink!, and Easy Mo Bee.
Profile photo of Mr. Cheeks with a black hat and sunglasses on.
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