With crowds of people flooding the stage, bars, and multiple floors of 9:30 Club, brothers Alzo and Maurice Slade stand in the spotlight, spinning bangers from “Neva Eva” to “Jumpman.” But when Maurice threw on the party anthem “Swag Surf,” the entire audience formed looked for at least two people to grab on and sway with. The crowd looked like a human-tsunami swaying to the trumpets of the 2009 hit, and once the beat dropped, everyone went crazy from all angles.
If you really trying to shake somethin’, Grits and Biscuits is the party for you. The section above was only a glimpse of what happened during the second night the show was held at DC’s 9:30 Club. With both nights selling out in less than 10 minutes, the event was definitely the place to be in the city. Grits and Biscuits is a party that flourishes off of a wide spectrum of southern rap, live energy, and good vibes. It also has an authentic way of offering hospitality to the party-goers, from the funny jokes Alzo tells the audience during their set, to stage being opened up for everyone to dance on. The vibe is what attracted us at Stereo Champions to attend what might be the Holy Grail of parties. We had a chance to talk to the dope collective behind the party, EZ Mo Breezy, about the party’s history and evolution throughout their 5-year run.
EZ Mo Breezy, and Grits and Biscuits as a whole, was a originally built from family roots. Alzo and Maurice ‘DJ Square Biz’ Slade are obviously brothers, and Erika Lewis is as Zo says, “sister from another mister” who he met in New York. Grits and Biscuits was first an idea that came up when a discussion came up about the lack of parties they would want to hit up in NYC.
“There would be two kind of parties” says Zo, “either the velvet rope, bottle service, VIP-type of party, or the house party where there are bohemians and they really didn’t play music that you would just want to shake something to.”
When Alzo brought in his brother Maurice, the DJ of the party, it was on. The three sent out emails for their first party in Brooklyn, and party eventually sold out. Their unique style of southern flavor creating a connection with party-goers in New York.
Ever since their first party, EZ Mo Breezy started to see their creation grow into an image of a party people only dream to go to. Grits and Biscuits started to tour nationally, from DC to LA and everything in between. The group’s been doing it for five and a half years, even being offered to spin at Made in America the last two years. They had the crowd at Jay-Z’s festival turnt, and their set was a dope way of bringing the energy of their nightlife parties to the daytime.
“It’s a great experience for us” Erika tells Stereo Champions, “It opens us up to a larger crowd that may not know about grits.”
Erika also says she love to see how both Zo and Maurice’s energy on the stage affects the crowd.
Grits and Biscuits continues to cater to the one thing that keeps the events going: The people. It doesn’t matter where the party is at or who is there, the people who go to Grits and Biscuits is what keeps it going, from the veterans to the newbies. “It’s pretty amazing to us that after five years, there’s always people who comes for the first time,” says Erika “Our hope is that their experience is just as amazing and they have just as much fun as the people who came five years ago for the first time.” While EZ Mo Breezy continues to conquer USA, there’s a chance that they are making moves to get their parties overseas. The group informed Stereo Champions that they’re currently working on taking Grits and Biscuits to other parts of the world, with their first one possibly being as soon as next year.
If you haven’t went to a Grits and Biscuits party, go on their website, buy a ticket to their next show, and get ready to shake somethin’. The party has been around for 5 years now, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to end anytime soon.