Ladies ruled the House of Vans in Brooklyn on Thursday night (Oct. 28) as Nina Sky and Kelis performed to celebrate the launch of MadeMe’s signature Vans sneaker. MadeMe founder Erin Magee teamed up with the veteran shoe company to create two stylish pairs of leather kicks dubbed “Life is a Mystery,” a line inspired by Madonna’s 1989 hit “Like a Prayer.”
The festivities kicked into high gear as Nina Sky took the stage. The Queens natives showcased songs from their EP, The Other Side, and even added in a classic cover of Mary J. Blige’s “Real Love.” During the bold track “On Some Bulls**t,” Nicole left Natalie to man the stage solo as she switched positions with DJ Yonny on the turntables. While the tattooed twin showcased her own scratching abilities, Yonny acted as a human beatbox under Natalie’s lyrics. Before welcoming Kelis to satisfy the hyper crowd, the duo brought out feisty Dominican singer Maluca, who performed the bass-heavy “Loca.”
Sparkling under the bright lights, Kelis gave spectators an eyeful by sporting a form-fitting green bodysuit, which caused her platinum-blonde ‘do to be a focal point. Much to the crowd’s anticipation, she gyrated her way into a version of “Milkshake” backed by Madonna’s “Holiday,” but not before serving up a teasing dose of electro-beats from her Flesh Tone album.
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