NoKap Destroys the Bathroom
By Alexander Orlowski
Nov. 20 marks the dawn of the second ever NoKapProduction bathroom concert. Excited concert goers make their way to the third floor men’s restroom by the math-wing, eagerly anticipating a performance of the highest caliber. There is a certain electricity in the air; word of the concert spread to every corner of the building.
Originating from Northside, NoKapProductions is a rap and dance media-conglomerate comprised of seniors Edward Kasule, Adv. 901, Najee Scott, Adv. 908, and Toan Nguyen, Adv. 909. They have begun to establish a noteworthy social media presence for themselves, garnering over one hundred subscribers on their YouTube channel and steadily approaching a collective four thousand views on their videos. Their content largely consistents of members Scott and Kasule dancing to contemporary hip-hop music, with associate member Nguyen operating the camera and editing the videos. They additionally perform “cyphers,” which are informal and improvised rapping sessions where participants showcase their lyricism and flow. Music is their other passion aside from dancing and gave them the motivation for hosting a bathroom concert.
Questions have been raised by members of the Northside community concerning the venue, as bathrooms are unconventional concert halls. When asked about the concert’s location, Kasule said, “It is cold outside, so that eliminates any chance of the concert being held outdoors. We don't have money to rent a space, so [the] obvious choice lies with the bathroom, as it has good acoustics and performing there is free of charge.” Bathroom concerts are an established tradition at Northside, and their reintroduction to the student body was a smart choice by the NoKap team.
The bathroom was packed as roughly 50 people were in attendence. Attendees circled around, some opting for better vantage points on the toilet cubicles and others huddling by the urinals. There was a palpable sense of anticipation and excited chatter filled the restroom. Falling victim to unexpected technical difficulties, NoKap was left without a reliable audio source just minutes after starting. They salvaged what they could out of the situation, and Northside-based rapper Yxnas performed a never-before-heard written freestyle. The crowd ate it up, and everyone was on their feet chanting NoKap at its end.
Disappointed by the technical issues, members of NoKapProductions maintained the event was a positive experience. In preparation for the next concert, they will carry the positives with them and leave behind what went wrong. Scott is ready for the next concert and said, “Next time we will have a louder speaker, microphones, and a better playlist.”
Although the concert duration was substantially shorter than anticipated, feedback from the crowd was overwhelmingly positive. When asked about his impressions of the concert, George Wojcicki, Adv. 907, said, “The hype was definitely there, especially at the beginning. This concert was definitely better than the first because it featured an original song.” Another concert attendee, Luis Acosta, Adv. 900, held similar sentiments regarding the concert, saying, “The second concert showed considerable improvement to the first, as rapper Yxnas gave the crowd some well received verses. I think NoKapProductions should preview music and have freestyles in its next concert.” As for recommendations for future concerts, Wojcicki said, “Don’t wait, but start right off the jump and cram as much music as possible in 15 min.”
Although the bathroom concert has run its course, NoKap is far from finished with its entertainment pursuits. Nguyen is excited for what the future holds and maintains a optimistic attitude saying, “For the future of NoKapProductions, we will continue to expand on our current interests and ideas. We will be producing music-videos, dance-videos, skits, freestyle sessions, remixes and basically anything related to dance and music. Viewers can be sure to expect a wide range of content, all with quality.” Regardless of personal attitudes held towards NoKapProductions, their growing social media and Northside presence can not be ignored. “We started NoKap one month ago and have come a long way since then,” said Nguyen, “and there is still a long ways to go.”