بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
THANK-YOU ALLAH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SEE THE GREATEST HIP-HOP SHOW OF ALL TIME – YES, THE HIP-HOP SHOW OF MY DREAMS
(THE ONLY CHANGES I WOULD HAVE MADE WOULD HAVE BEEN P.E. FOR N.B.N. AND X-CLAN INSTEAD OF DMX. IJS LET’S KEEP IT IN THE EIGHTIES!!!)
As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Dearly Beloved Asiatic Black Sisters!
Sisters, last night my musical dream came true. When I bought my tickets six months ago, I knew I was going to like it, but I had no idea I was going to enjoy the show THAT much.
Special Ed got everything started and I did not sit down for the rest of the night (except at the end of Biz’s and during Naughty by Nature’s sets. I need to talk to the 3 of them. They need to change their name to RIGHTEOUS BY NATURE.)
But Ed looked real good. He lost weight since the last video I had seen of him. That one was filmed in 2009. And he put on a bomb show, just him, himself and his microphone. I was excited about seeing him and he did not disappoint. I wish I could transmit the experience of being in the theatre and feeling the music, the atmosphere, the LOVE OF HIP-HOP that was reeking from everybody there.
And there were only a few devils! That was shocking to me. Black people came out to rep OUR CULTURE – OUR BLACK MUSIC! And I loved being a part of it and having my son with me, so he could be a part of it. I just loved everything about the show. Special Ed’s performance really made me know that I was sitting before Hip-Hop Greatness.
Biz Markie came out next and he was very good. I was surprised. I didn’t think I was going to like him that much. His appearance is not too good. But he wasn’t as bad as I thought he was going to be. He beat-boxed and that was very refreshing. You don’t hear too much of that anymore.
He did good until he started playing these old songs and trying to sing. I mean, he was singing like he was a singer… He’s not.
Biz’s Juice Crew Teammate, Big Daddy Kane, came out next and just sexified the whole arena. That man is the embodiment of hip-hop sexiness. I mean, HE HAS EVERYBODY CALLING HIM “BIG DADDY”!!! I even bought a Playgirl magazine for the first (and last) time only because he was in it. He lost weight recently too, relocating his sexy, and still living up to that Chocolate Casanova personality that the ladies love.
The Brother has mic skills too!
MANY emcees list him as one of their influences.
I liked his Facebook page and that was how I found out about the show! So big shout out to BDK. You did your thug thizzle, homie.
To finish his set, he brought out Scoob and Scrap Lover. They were still good at dancing individually, but when they all three did their routine, it was a little crowded. They are much bigger – not fat – just full grown men now and not the slender young men they used to be. So, it was a bit different, but still entertaining.
I think it was during his performance that I felt like taking my headpiece off. SMH
Then came my favorite part of “The Show” ;)
That’s right. SLICK RICK! OMG. He rocked it!!!! I mean, his show was so tight, I missed his whole performance because I was too busy dancing. I didn’t even notice when he took off his shades and put on his eyepatch. The music was the bomb!
I don’t know WHY no one uploaded video of Rick, or Ed, BDK or Biz, but I loved their performances and recorded all of them. So, I’m uploading my little Samsung cameraphone videos of ALL of them to remind me of that epic night and to live forever in cyberspace. Next time I’ll have a real camera, In sha Allah (If it Pleases Allah). The audio is so terrible, I can hardly stand it. But it’s better than nothing.
I’m so glad Doug E. Fresh wasn’t there. I don’t like him. I can’t stand his beat box. He can’t rap AND he’s a Scientologist.
But Ricky D!!!! Man! I still can’t believe I saw him in person. I am grinning from ear to ear and “The Show” was over 24 hours ago! I heard a song with him and Mos Def this morning and all I could think was how happy I am that I saw him LIVE!!!!!!!! Both of them, now that I think about it.
I saw Yasiin Bey at the House of Blues and he had on the whiterobe from his hotel on stage. SMH #ghettofabulous
But back to last night. Ricky D’s jewelry, OMG. Talk about BLING!!!!! Photographs do not do it justice. “Rainman” comes to mind because he was just “SPARKLY.”
After the show, when I went to pick up my tambourine (they wouldn’t let me take it in the show :/ ), this Brother came up to us and wanted to take our picture. He was impressed with Hakim (you know he was “suited and booted”, actually he had on his Oxfords, but you get the piktcha *in my Slick Rick voice ;) ) and of course I had on my garment. I didn’t wear the Orange one. I thought the YELLOW would be more noticeable. ;) ) Anyway, the Brother turned out to be Kemo the “Blaxican” from “Delinquent Habits.” He was real cool. [btw If you're reading this Brother, e-mail or text me the pictures, if you don't mind. My e-mail is Mrs.LatifahAllah@yahoo.com AND my phone number is (323)684-4777. Thanks in advance, Dear Brother.]
But check this out, when I picked up my tambourine, I looked at the paper you have to sign when you check something in and guess whose name was on it…
But, I’ll get to him later.
Anyway, I mentioned that Slick Rick was my favorite part of the show and Brother Kemo said he didn’t like it because he was TOO HYPED. Hakim agreed. They wanted him to be the smooth, “Slick,” relaxed “STORYTELLER” he is on his albums.
I know that at live shows, performers speed up songs all the time and he sped up “BEDTIME STORY”, but OMG. I LOVED IT!!!!!! But I always like stuff that other people don’t like and vice versa, so I maintained my position. I LOVED IT. I felt it.
Maybe that’s when I felt like taking my headpiece off. :/ I don’t remember and, at the time, I was too ashamed to tell Hakim so he can’t tell me either.
Anyway, Slick Rick was DOPE!
Did I mention, I’m glad Doug E. Fresh wasn’t there??? :/
Oh yeah, Treach, Vinnie and KG came before or after Slick Rick, I think. I don’t like them too much. So, I blocked them out of my memory. And don’t think I just don’t like them because of some personal thing or whatnot. I just don’t like their music. OPP was kinda good – the music anyway, but I think it’s just because of the song they sampled – but their LYRICS are FILTHY. I didn’t like it even BEFORE I became a Muslim.
As I wrote before, when they asked that filthy question, I used to say, “Oh no, NOT ME!!! That’s what I said when they did the song last night. I don’t like any of their songs.
Before the show, I listened to their music and I tried to like it, but… I can’t.
Treach was nice eye candy though. But he’s got nothing on my hubby. ;)
Anyway, after Ricky D, EPMD came out. They really need to read HOW TO EAT TO LIVE. Erick looked like he eats the filthy swine for Breakfast, Lunch AND Dinner and all in between meals.
But he summed up the state of “hip-hop” right now. He said “If you go to a show and the emcee doesn’t have a D.J. behind him…
THAT’S NOT HIP-HOP!!!“
Then he introduced the infamous “DJ SCRATCH” who proceeded to show off his musical skills. I had forgotten about that part of their show. It was oh, so HIP-HOP.
I can’t believe the person who filmed all the other stuff they did didn’t post the video of Scratch! He should have posted footage of THE WHOLE SHOW! I have been planning on buying a camera for a few weeks now, I’m really kinda starting to feel like I blew it.
I mean, I’ve been waiting to see Rakim, my whole life. This was the FIRST time, I’d ever even heard of him coming to L.A. He’s probably scared he’s gonna fall in love and move out here like everybody else. ;) I mean, he was reppin’ NYC so hard it almost seemed like he was forcing himself to keep believing it’s the place to be.
But DJ Scratch spun that O/G hip-hop song by the Four “Somethings” that MC Lyte sampled on “Cha Cha Cha” and I thought it was going to be Lyte.
You know what???
There were no female emcees! I think that is what made the show so good!
Sisters, always make it corny. I’m sorry, Brothers are just too cool. We, Sisters should do our own stuff and let the Brothers do their things. And Brothers, you guys need to stop feeling like there always needs to be a Sister. We mess everything up. We understand how you feel, we do. But, stop gaying up. Be Men. You DON’T need some “female energy” all the time. Keep it hard. And Lyte is hard, but she’s not a man. Knawmean?
And I’m EXTREMELY glad there were no devils on the show. EVERYBODY WAS BLACK. That’s the way it’s SUPPOSED to be. And ya’ll emcees need to stop giving our stuff away. Acting like Hip-Hop is for everybody. That’s going to get you the HELL.
This is THE GREAT DAY OF SEPARATION. You guys need to kill that noise. The devil is going to be destroyed, so stop making them feel like they are welcome at Hip-Hop shows. You are committing suicide and taking your fans with you.
SO WHAT if they like the music! They like anything. You cheapen your music when you cater to devils and other races. “Every man must go to his own” and HIP-HOP is OURS.
I know there were A LOT of Puerto Ricans involved in the conception and birth of our culture, but as far as I’m concerned, they’re Black. So, they can hang.
But everybody else needs to STEP OFF!!!
***Deeeeeep Breath – EXHALE***
Okay, now that I got that off my chest, RAKIM was next. Hakim had spotted him, stage right, while the DJ was warming up the crowd and He looked so professional! Like he couldn’t WAIT to bless the mic! That’s a fiend, right there. Just standing there, by himself, getting his mind right before he hit the stage. And OMG, did he!!!
When Rakim came out, I was trying to hold back, but before I knew it, I was jumping up and down a little bit, but I had no idea I was screaming!!!
I turned 43 last month and this Brother had me acting a 13-year-old groupie at a 1985 New Edition concert! I didn’t even realize it until I watched the video! Big Shout Out to my son, Hakim. I would not have been able to turn up like that nor enjoy it as much if I was trying to record it. Thanks Baby, for documenting this historic night for me. I love you.
It took me a long time to be able to watch him perform live. Hakim would be watching a video of him on YT and I would have to leave the room! I am not supposed to be feeling that way towards any man but my Soulmate, Amad-Jamal, but last night I was able to watch at least.
I wasn’t all that impressed. I’m sure it’s only because we were so far. I’m NEVER that far from the stage at any show. But it’s been nine years since I’ve even been out past Sunset and my game is a little rusty. I didn’t even try to get Press Passes. But we did move up a little bit so that we would have an unobstructed view of the stage. (It’s just in me ;) )
I am so frustrated with him and Eric B right now. They need to just squash the beef and give us some new music. I don’t know WHAT B is doing, but Rakim has only made ONE song that I like since he and Eric split. I bought that 18th letter c.d. and tried my hardest to like it, JUST OUT OF RESPECT. But it’s….well, I’m just going to come out and say it. We all know it. IT’S WHACK.
The Music is what draws your attention and makes you keep listening. THEN the lyrics come in.
Without a good track, I’m not listening. I don’t care what you’re talking about. If it’s that important, say it without ANY music. I would prefer that to some booty bad music. I mean, really. IJS.
I CAN’T STAND BAD MUSIC.
NOT EVEN FOR YOU, GOD.
I even sent him a message on Facebook telling him not to do any of that stuff he did after they broke up, and feel like he did it just to spite me. You know, I take everything personally.
I guess some people like anything. As L. Boogie said, “There’s always someone there who’ll applaud…” :/
But he only did two. The most popular two. One of them is so ANNOYING, I don’t even want to remember their titles.
But he more than redeemed himself when he told everybody to put up their hands and rub their fingers together in the international sign for “MONEY” I held up TWO hands. I LOVE MONEY.
I loved doing that just on GP, but then he did the hustler’s anthem, “PAID IN FULL.” And that was the climax of the entire show. Everything went downhill after he left the stage.
Okay, before I forget, let me scream, “I couldn’t BELIEVE Rakim didn’t close the show!!!”
When they announced him and not DMX, I was livid!!!
How DARE they????
Rakim is THE greatest emcee, period. Dead OR Alive!!!
And they let DMX close the show!!!!!!!!?????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was completely astonished and in utter disbelief for the rest of the night.
But now that I’ve had a chance to think about it, I think it’s kinda good.
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but DMX is crazy.
And not the good “hood” kinda crazy.
Not even the funny kinda crazy like ODB.
Crazy like sitting on the curb talking to yourself kinda crazy.
DMX is creepy, kinda SCARY crazy.
My son said he’s on crack.
I refuse to believe that.
I think he just needs some medication.
I’ve been there and it can really help.
I’m afraid some people are exploiting him.
His voice is golden and impossible to duplicate. So, as long as he is able to perform, he’s a money-maker. But he needs help.
Obviously, he didn’t trust anyone he was with, otherwise he wouldn’t have had to check his stuff in. That’s sad.
I felt how people with a heart used to feel when Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and all those other Jazz junkies used to feel. I don’t think many people care though. As long as they put on a good show. And X did put on a good show. I mean the music is what it is, but it’s the crazy stuff he did between the music that makes me worry.
If I had thought about it, I would have asked the clerk if she would give him a note telling him to read MESSAGE TO THE BLACKMAN. That alone will heal him. I bear witness. I feel so sorry for my dear Brother.
I stood as much as I could stand and then Hakim and I walked out.
So, I guess it’s kinda good he closed the show. If he had gone before Rakim, we would have had to stay until he finished. That would have been very uncomfortable and very awkward. And I don’t do awkward well.
AND, I probably would have run out of battery and not been able to record Rakim’s entire set because Hakim does not know how to press “STOP” when he’s recording. (Just like his Umm ;) )
So, I guess it’s all good.
I’ve seen Rakim perform live!!!
I can die a happy woman.
SOME NOTES ABOUT THE SHOW
* I had the BEST cookie I have ever tasted in my life. They use different kinds of chocolate chips and it was worth the $4.00.
*I was uncomfortable with the alcohol being sold and even more uncomfortable by the distinctive aroma of ganjah wafting through the atmosphere, but I just removed my M.G.T. pin and focused on the performances.
*I got to speak to a lot of people about the Divine Supreme Wisdom Teachings of Our Beloved Messenger (May the Peace and the Blessings of Allah Forever Be Upon Him).
*I DIDN’T SEE ANYBODY I KNEW!!!
*I think this was most of the people’s first time seeing Rakim in person. He never comes to L.A. He needs to drop that chicken dinner (NYC) and get with a WINNER (L.A.)!!! Seriously.