The Freedom Party is New York City’s long-running old-school hip-hop dance party, and for the first time, it’s hopping aboard the Moshulu.
The jammy-jam is a thumping mix of rhythm and blues that will take you back. It covers a hip-hop era, spanning from the 1980s — that would include Philly gangsta rap progenitor Schoolly D — to acts like the Fresh Prince and Three Times Dope in the 1990s, right on up to recent rappers that would surely include Young Gunz, Freeway, and Meek Mill.
“Freedom fills the dance floor with people from all walks of life, ethnicities, races, creeds, and colors,” said Freedom Party founder and DJ Herbert Holler. “People come from all over the world looking to celebrate life and make new friends.”
Holler started throwing the Freedom Party back in 2003 along with fellow DJs Cosi and DJ Marc Smooth — although the latter two left in 2017 after a public dispute with Holler.
The party, which travels to different New York venues each month, kicked off back in the early aughts when velvet ropes and bottle service were the norm and party goers craved spots where jeans and sneakers were acceptable attire. They wanted to bob their heads to good, old-fashioned old-school without the pretension.
Over the years, even as texting and taking selfies replaced much of the actual dancing, the Freedom Party was still where you went to shake your groove thing because the music was so dope.
“We are ready to come to Philly and show the city what the Freedom Party is all about,” Holler said.