On the last day of September, The General Society Library was transformed into a hot night spot for closing out Vitamin Water and The Fader's #uncapped music series. Turning the city's second oldest library into a sparkling light show of epic proportions seemed like an effortless feat. Guests were welcomed by countless rows and lofts of trade books under a glittering glass skylight.
The night began with a slammin' hip-hop DJ set from Matt & Kim. The event's hostess, Miss Info (formerly of BET and currently Hot 97) brought on DJ Shawty Slim to get the party started and back the night's headliner, #uncapped veteran, B.o.B. Bobby Ray Simmons Jr. took the stage looking devious in all black leather and sunglasses while delivering the crowd's favorite hits starting with "Strange Clouds," the title track from his 2012 release. Adding to the Atlanta vibe, hip-hop master mind Big Boi chimed in with his verse from the remix of the 2010 debut smash hit "Nothin' On You." The pair kept the energy high with their collaboration "Shoes For Running" from Big Boi's Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.
B.o.B also represented Grand Hustle Records with The Hustle Gang's hit "Kemosabe." The sunglasses came off as he asked the ladies of the room to show off their best twerk. The colored lights and familiar warmth of the smash hit "Airplanes" set the room on fire.
Adding to the roster of the night's untamable breakout rappers from the Atlanta scene, Future ominously slipped onto the stage wearing sunglasses and a black hooded coat. The two performed their collaboration "Ready," followed by "Honest," the first single off Future's latest release of the same name. He left the crowd satisfied and singing along with Ace Hood's Platinum hit "Bugatti." Throughout the night, B.o.B kept the vibe intimate and even took some on-stage selfless with a fan's iPhone. The grand finale? Bobby Ray rode his bodyguard's shoulders off the stage and through the crowd -- just your typical Monday in a Manhattan library. No big deal.
Be sure to check out B.o.B's interview in the February issue of HIGH TIMES where he plugs his new album Underground Luxury, reveals the story of the first time he smoked weed, his favorite Cannabis Cup experience in Amsterdam, and what it's like to shake hands with Obama, the biggest chief of them all.
Words by Sarah Renfro