Ninjasonik was the first group that I saw during CMJ and I instantly dug their high-energy collision of punk rock and hip hop. MCs Reverend McFly and Telli Gramz jumped around the stage with a style that was reminiscent of Run-D.M.C. Being backed by a live drummer and an erratic guitar player made their sound and stage presence huge. It took me a few songs to realize I had actually seen Ninjasonik in Salt Lake last April at an under-populated show at The Complex. At that performance, I was unimpressed by what was going on onstage and they seemed like a flash-in-the-pan gimmick. Seeing them play Brooklyn, their home turf, refreshed my outlook on the group. With a packed, enthusiastic house, these two killed it. Performances of “Somebody Gonna Get Pregnant” and “Bars” ignited the crowd the fastest that night.