Writer: Dru Era
On Jan. 5th, the stars aligned at Skully’s Music-Diner for the 614 Kickback. GRG (Gods Recognize Gods), my record label/entertainment company in Columbus, put on an unforgettable show.
Despite the freezing eight-degree weather and other events going on throughout the city, 230 people came out to kick it with the GRG crew.
The label showcased premiere artist such as Sam Rothstein, TrigNO, BhadWaiz, Young Luns, Georrod Shareef and many more. The show kicked off with GRG’s very own BhadWaiz & Georrod Shareef thanking the crowd for coming out. The two then introduced the host for the night: Annie B.
Annie B, a well-experienced host/eoplmcee connected with the crowd instantly, igniting the fire for the night. Annie B at one point had the audience give her their business cards while on stage to promote local businesses. The 614 Kickback was not only a moment to have fun but also a place where people were able to network and build new opportunities for themselves.
Her powerful stage presence was then fueled by the first performer of the night. Being the founder of GRG, I came on stage in a prison suit, conveying a strong message to the crowd that, "They can lock your body, but can't trap your mind."
I most definitely came with my best effort. After my performance, Annie B kept the crowd pumped when she announced that GRG would be giving out free gifts to lucky contestants in the crowd that were willing to come on stage and answer some hip-hop trivia. The prizes, such as Beat Earbuds by Dre and iPhone chargers, were donated by Ohio-based electronic repair company, The Fixins.
After the trivia, artists such as Static Res and Freddy Ponder brought a mellow-soulful vibe with their performances and kept the spark going throughout the night. The show was going perfect, and at this point the energy could only go up. When Georrod Shareef graced the stage and performed his hit single “Night Life,” it was that moment when the 614 Kickback was an all-out party. There were people dancing on the floor with their cups of liquor in the air and ladies on the stage twerking. This is the definition of being lit.
BhadWaiz performed after Georrod and put on a rock star caliber performance. The crowd was excited once he leaped off stage and were jumping up and down with him for the rest of his performance. Well-known artist Sam Rothstein, TrigNO and OG Vern also showed why they are some of the hottest rappers in the city with legendary performances closing out the night.
A lot of people say that Columbus doesn’t like to support local talent, but GRG is slowly changing that demeanor throughout the city.
This show highlighted that multiple creatives can be in one room and all shine without having to feel the competitive stigma that it can only be one, we all can shine while having a good time.