Photo by Grace Smith


It is a bit of a rarity for those of us who are under 21 to find a good show around New York City, so last night when Tokimonsta unleashed at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg it was an illustrious surprise. The producer didn’t hit the stage until 11:30, but her predecessor Branchez warmed it up for her very nicely. His upbeat tunes and down-to-earth attitude were the perfect palette-cleansers for Tokimonsta. Shouting out his mom and dad (who were in the crowd) in between sets, Branchez is definitely someone to add to your summer playlist.
 
Considering that Tokimonsta’s new album, the eclectic Half Shadows, just dropped yesterday, you would think that the night would be filled with all new songs, but the Cali innovator managed to pay homage to some of West Coast hip-hop’s old and new stars and mix in her vibrant tunes.
 
She started off the night with an astounding remix of Kendrick Lamar’s golden song “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” which got the crowd really charged up. It’d be a real shame if she doesn’t upload it for the world to hear. Really showing her love for Cali, she remixed Schoolboy Q, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre songs all to the crowd’s delight, as we bobbed our heads to the familiar lyrics and unfamiliar yet captivating beats.
 
She went on to play some of her new songs, including my personal favorite “Waiting For The Break Of Dawn,” and showed us why Flying Lotus, Brainfeeder and Ultra Records have taken such an interest in her. Looking utterly relaxed as she closed her set out, Tokimonsta had people dancing till the very last second and put on one of the best shows I’ve seen in NYC.