BJ So Cole to Make Return Performance
Bounce music. It’s a unique form of hip-hop music that originated in New Orleans. Reality TV star Big Freedia brought it to popular attention with songs such as “Gin in My System” and “Feelin’ Myself.” Now, fellow New Orleans artist BJ So Cole will be making an appearance at the third annual Khaos Bounce event on Aug. 2nd at Club Inuendo where a $1,250 prize will go the person who can do the best bounce dance.
“It’s unlike any other party we have in Detroit,” said Khaos, known by day as Ka’Juan Hill, who is promoting the party to celebrate his birthday. “All the other parties are, like stand by the wall. And this one is the one party where you know you can come and dance.”
Hence the $1,250 prize.
“I posted on Facebook saying I was having a party and I was going to offer a $100 prize,” Khaos remembered. “Then one of the local DJs, DJ Demereo, said, ‘I’ll give you another $100.’ Then Tim Cristal, another party and ball promoter here in Detroit said, ‘I’ll give you another $100.’ It kept going up until the prize became $1,250.”
I think it’s because of the work that I do and that people know me that they were willing to give money, which is kind of cool,” he continued.
Mizrahi works for Unified – HIV Health and Beyond as a community outreach specialist and also hosts the internet show Let’s Talk About It.
Like he did for the first party in 2016, Khaos is bringing in New Orleans bounce artist BJ So Cole to perform at the party.
“I really love coming to Detroit,” Cole said. “I’ve been there about four times now.”
Cole said he was surprised at how Detroit responded to his show.
“When I came to Detroit for the first bounce night, it was huge,” he said. “We did something which in bounce music is called the live roll call. It’s like you’re in class and you call out someone’s name over some freestyle or give them a sexual theme and everyone has to do what I say. The line was wrapped around the stage. I was roll calling for about two hours.”
And Cole has ties to Detroit that go beyond just Khaos. He also recorded in Detroit with local producer DJ Godfather. One of the tracks they produced, “Bounce Wit’ It,” will actually be featured on the BET hit series Hit the Floor on Aug. 7.
“Detroit has been so good to me and Khaos and DJ Godfather have been great to me as well,” Cole said.
And like a lot of bounce artists, Cole said he was influenced by Big Freedia.
“I call Freedia my auntie,” he said. “Freedia is the queen of the game and we’re like her offspring. He tells me all the time that I’m up next and he sees me and he supports me. Freedia has brought a lot of attention to bounce. The world is now receptive to bounce and we never thought that would happen.”
The Khaos Bounce party will take place at Club Inuendo Aug. 2nd. To take place in the dance contest and take a chance on winning the grand prize of $1,250, participants must be at the club by 11:30 p.m. and be in Jamaican attire (Khaos suggested to “think yellow, green and black.”). Club Inuendo is located at 744 Savannah Street in Highland Park.