The White Kids and soulstress Terri Walker provided a banging soundtrack to the launch party of Morosky and GRIND London collaboration, The Forbidden Dance t-shirt collection. The White Kids, who run East London’s Bounty nights, have a strong ‘90s flavour which was apparent everywhere on the night from the old hip hop and New Jack Swing to the crowd’s baggy t-shirts, high-sheen leggings and cascading curls.
The t-shirt designs for The Forbidden Dance capsule collection all feature photographer Morosky’s images taken at Bounty. ‘It’s about people telling you what you should and shouldn’t do,’ says Youssef from GRIND London who are selling the collection, ‘You can’t help but be forbidden in someone’s eyes,’ he adds.
Morosky is also one half of The White Kids and says of the Bounty ethos, ‘We mainly play ‘90s hip hop but it’s for everyone.’ One of his biggest influences is Notorious BIG, ‘When I play Get Money it reminds me of a euphoric time and I love seeing that same euphoria when you have all types of people dancing together.’ And boy, did euphoria prevail on the night.
The White Kids are actually two black kids – Morosky and Radi Dadi. ‘At school people told us we were geeks, that we were white kids, so we are taking those disrespects and turning them on their head,’ says Morosky. Bounty, which they hold at the Old Blue Last and Alibi, has the same origination. The rest of the Bounty collective are Josey Rebelle playing disco – ‘my mum would love her stuff,’ says Morosky, Clara who plays strictly ‘90s and Martelo who ‘mixes everything from Abba to garage.’
Before the party migrated to the music in the main room, SB.TV presenter and Red Bull Studios regular Georgia Lewis Anderson said she was at the party to support Morosky. Also a fan of ‘90s hip hop and RnB, she was hoping to hear some Lucy Pearl.
In a bright red Puma zip-up dress, Terri Walker opened her set with a tribute to Amy Winehouse - who had tragically died earlier in the day - by singing Fuck Me Pumps. She then went into her Mos Def collaboration from 2003, Guess You Didn’t Love Me, which had everyone singing along, as did Drawing Board. Against the backdrop of a bright July evening, the intimate and excitable crowd looked like they had just walked off the set of The Real World and into a neighbourhood jam with Terri on the mic. New tracks from her forthcoming album Walk With Me went down well and left the crowd well and truly warmed up for The White Kids’ set.
Morosky and Radi Dadi dropped ‘90s classics such as Method Man and Mary J Blige’s You’re All I Need to Get By. The crowd also soaked up other old hip hop tunes including Busta Rhymes’s Pass The Courvoisier, and Sean Paul’s Get Busy got people dancing low to the ground. They wrapped up their set with M-Beat’s 1994 jungle remix of Anita Baker’s Sweet Love, leaving everyone sweaty and euphoric – exactly as Morosky wanted.