Brooklyn has the hip-hop classicism of Pro Era. Harlem gets the A$AP Mob's region-hopping. Queens' World's Fair can be seen as a compromise between new-school leanings and the pride that comes with New York City's heritage. That's not to say the six-member collective is some sort of unoriginal mishmash. World's Fair's lone album featuring all six members, 2012's Bastards of the Party (no relation to the 2005 gang documentary), features a sense of self-assuredness and general feel of fun. World's Fair may not have blown up to "Goldie" levels or assured everyone they're what New York's been missing — whatever the hell that means nowadays — but they're one of the city's more exciting acts, and definitely one of the most promising.
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All hip-hop acts, especially those hailing from New York, have their knocks against them. World's Fair aren't an exception. Their particular hurdle is that they're not like the other collectives. There's no capo, no A$AP Rocky or Joey Bada$$ to easily identify as the face and ambassador of the group. It's a notable element that's missing, but not necessarily a fatal one.
But on May 11, Remy Banks is the star. He's hosting a listening party in the Lower East Side's Elvis Guesthouse for his mixtape higher., due out May 18. Banks, named after his father's favorite drink, Rémy Martin (although he admits he's more of a Hennessy guy), isn't completely in star mode, even though the basement room's green-and-blue spotlight is clearly on him. Recognizable by his wiry frame and the tufts of hair poking out of his Yankees cap, he swings around from the back of the venue to the entrance, passing out daps without prejudice, impishly shooting the shit with some friends and making full use of the bar.More »