Monday, August 4, 2008
Last night is what hip hop is all about
It's 4:10pm and I'm still feeling the effects of yesterday's show at Jones Beach. Yesterday confirmed to me why I LOVE Hip Hop! The line up was sick, the performances and special guest were bananas! This is why I love going to concerts in NYC! You never know who is going to show up! There was only one bad note to write about. WHERE THE HELL WAS RAKIM??? To me he is a true master and he wasn't there but he's been at the other shows. Why wouldn't he perform at home? I have to investigate that more. Anyway back to the show. Me, my homegirl her husband and the Teacher arrived at 12:15...uhh can you say that we had no idea that the concert started at 11:40am and Tribe wasn't coming on until 11:00..once you left the venue that was it you couldn't come back in. So, we made and executive decision and said eff it this is what we paid to see we troopin' it today! Well y'all it was sooooooooooo worth the troop! There were two stages set up but the main people weren't going on the main stage until 2:45. So, I had a chance to see Wale( a DC native)and J Electronica on the 2nd stage. But it just got too damn hot I had to go and get a drink...lol!
The main stage opened up with Dead Prez they were good but were having technical difficulties. Next up Immortal Technique I thought they were good but dude is VERY Angry! Then came Pharcyde they performed "Ya Mama", "Drop", "What's up Fatlip" and of course closed the set with "Passing me By!" It was classic! Then De la Soul came on the stage and straight went in!! OMG they sung all the classics, next thing you know Q-Tip came out and the crowd went bananas! But it didn't end there when all of a sudden Dres from Black Sheep came out and did "The Choice is Yours" Man the crowd went CRAZY! He rocked the crowd! Everyone was so hype when De la when off the stage at this point they were by far the best act!
Next up Raekwon and Ghostface. Now I'm a Ghost fan but when they came on stage they brought about 60 people on there with them everyone else had maybe 10 on the sides if that many. They were cool they did a nice tribute to Ol' Dirty and brought Cappadonna on stage.
Mos Def took the stage next. He's one of my favorite artist. He sang a couple of joints then he brings Talib up. It was OVER for me. They rocked their set so hard. They sang "Definition", "Brown Skinned Lady" and "Respiration" to name a few. Of course Mos sang "Ms Fat Booty" to end the set Pharoahe Monch came out and did an extra hype version of "Simon Says." This set made me miss Black Moon! But I still love Talib and Mos seperately!!
The most entertaing set of the night had to be Meth and Redman. They truly Rocked the Bells! The energy the two of them displayed was incredible(not to mention Method Man is my first Thug Love...lol)Meth was bodysurfing, walking all over the chairs and just being one with the crowd.The guest they brought on stage was BANANAS! Keith Murray came up and rocked the crowd, then DJ Kool came and did "Let me clear my throat" Meth and Redman did another song then they brought out THe Ruler...y'all mothereffin Slick Rick came out and did "La di da di" OMG! Then they rolled out one more surprise can you say "You gots to chill" EPMD! DEAD! "If you tired then go take a nap" That concert could have ended there for me...this is HIP HOP!
After I calmed the hell down. Nasty Nas was up next. He came out witha five piece band and did his thing! He did classics like "It ain't hard to tell" "New York State of Mind" While the band played the instrumental to "Success" out popped a dude with a fitted Yankee on....JAY-Z! WTF!!! At this time the crowd completely erupted then they go in and do "Black Republicans" Can y'all say WHAAAAT! This shyt was straight FIYAH!!!
Last but not least Tribe was up. Q-tip emerged on stage wearing a back pack and did a great solo set.(His album is due to drop sometime in September)Phife and crew came on stage(this was the first time they all performed together since 1998...Ali Shaheed and Jarobi White) This shyt was HOT! They did classics like "Bonita Applebaum", "Electric Relaxation", "Can I Kick it" "Oh My God" Words can't explain how hard this went down! Then they went into "Scenario" and out comes Busta......ya'll he KILLLED it! The energy that was being transmitted from that stage was CRAZY! Then he did "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See." The show ended with all of Tribe, De La Soul, Busta and even Method Man on stage. This was REAL HIP HOP!
If Rock the Bells is coming to your city I HIGHLY recommend you to go! This was the best Hip Hop show I'VE EVER BEEN TO! This was real hip hop and why I LOVE IT! Hip hop WAS NOT dead last night!