On Monday, the Brooklyn-based Fool’s Gold label carried on its tradition of hat-tipping old New York with an annual Day Off block party. Helmed by founders A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs, the free party that once took over the backyard parking lot of a Manhattan bar had clearly grown with the label’s popularity, sprawling over Williamsburg Park on Brooklyn’s East River waterfront. Over the span of eight hours, and with news of the Electric Zoo tragedies buzzing, the event became more than a showcase of the collective’s roster, instead taking on a festival air as dance acts and rap crews played one after the other to a crowd willing to take on both. And the sentiment was reflected on stage, too. Featured artist Danny Brown danced with Armand Van Helden and A-Track to A$AP Ferg’s “Shabba” and the latter could be seen returning the enthusiasm as Duck Sauce took the stage. While the scope of musicians hat played went from A surprise set by Boyz Noise to rowdy sets by Migos and El-P and Killer Mike, Duck Sauce inadvertently ended up showing what this night was all about. A-Trak threw in a mini scratch routine (a nod to his hip-hop turntablism skills) as Armand Van Helden worked the mixer (he, a legendary club kid) as they played their MTV rotation hit “It’s You,” a reminder that they, like Fools’s Gold, revel in blurring the lines between club worlds.
We went behind the scenes, talked to and took some pictures of Fool’s Gold performers and friends. Featuring: Danny Brown on Insane Clown Posse, A-Trak on Electric Zoo, And more. Check it out.