It has been a while since I have last updated this. I am trying to get back to this, but what better way than to write a review of a show that I had attended recently.
When I saw an add for this a couple of months ago after attending a show at casino that is close to my area, I knew that I had to go see this show.
I have gone to a lot more concerts in more recent memory than before, particularly rock concerts and also some shows from tribute bands and also of a local act from my area. However, there are very few rap concerts that I have gone to. The first one that I went to was the Anger Management Tour in 2002 for my 16th birthday. That was my first concert ever and I remember having a good time that day. The only other one prior to this one was when I saw MC Hammer perform at a state fair, which I will admit was a very entertaining show as Hammer still knew how to get the crowd going.
With this show having been the third hip-hop show that I have gone to, this may have been one of the best shows that I have been to in recent memory.
At this show, the following acts had performed, in this very order, too:
- Young MC
- Tone Loc
- Color Me Badd
- Rob Base
- Vanilla Ice
Young MC kicked the entire concert off and really got the crowd fired up. Apart from “Bust A Move,” I haven’t really heard too much from him, and part of me wonders if he was one of rap’s one hit wonders.However, he obviously had to be known enough to perform on this tour. He definitely has a lot of charisma and it showed while on stage. I liked the other two songs he did before “Bust A Move,” particularly “Feel The Love.” Great opener to the show.
With the crowd on fire, there was no putting it out because once Tone Loc hit the stage, the place started going up in flames even more. It got a lot more interesting when he did “Wild Thing,” as several women from the audience went on stage to dance. For someone who had only done two albums in his rap career and more acting than that, there was no denying that he certainly knew how to work the crowd.
In the third act of the show, Coolio took the stage got everyone more pumped up than before. What made this part different than what was shown that night so far was that he had some assistance as well. I forgot to mention that Tone Loc also had someone on stage with him, but Coolio had three other guys with him. One was a backup singer, another was a guitarist and the other was saxophone player. It was very nice to hear him do “C U When U Get There” as he paid tribute to a lot of fallen celebs who have passed on throughout the years. With the other guys on stage, I liked how each of them had solos. But that wasn’t it, as after the last song, Coolio got off the stage to go to the audience. He walked by me and I got to shake his hand. My girlfriend and her friend even got to take a picture with him, and more people kept crowding around him to get a picture with him.
I am surprised that nobody got hurt when that happened considering how crowded it got at that moment.
After those three acts, we now go into R&B territory with Color Me Badd. The main thing that I noticed is that this group originally had four members and now it’s only down to three. That is nothing new in the music world, but then again I had not heard much from them since their heyday in the 1990’s. What really stood out the most was when they did two of their biggest hits, “I Adore (Mi Amor)” and “I Wanna Sex You Up.” There is no doubt that they really killed it when they did those two. Many people in the crowd were on their feet and sang along to those songs. Another thing that surprised me is they performed a cover of BLACKstreet’s “No Diggity” after they did their songs. Their cover was actually good, so I can’t complain.
Right after that, everyone in the crowd was possessed by the sounds of Rob Base. Base mostly worked the crowd while on stage with beats from other rappers’ songs, but when it came to do one of his songs, shit got real. People really got on their feet when he did “Joy and Pain.” The other guy who was on stage with him really nailed the chorus part. But that was not the only thing that tore the house down, as Rob Base just flat out murdered it when he did “It Takes Two.” He made it go right and made it out of sight. 😉
Right before the final act came an intermission. It seemed that there was a stage setup for when Vanilla Ice came on, which added some uniqueness to what had been seen so far that night. Though Coolio had a band to back him up, Vanilla Ice had some other people backing him up like a guitarist and a drummer, not to mention a guy dressed as a clown and some other guy dressed as some kind of dog-looking clown (I could not tell what it was). People can say what they will about Vanilla Ice, but he had a way of getting the crowd going and from what I saw that night, it was no exception. Like the Tone Loc portion from earlier that night, a lot of people came on stage to dance when he did “Ice Ice Baby.” When that song ended, the show didn’t seem over as other performers from that night even went on stage to dance and get the crowd going.
I felt that this concert was really worth it. Though their heydays are long gone for these acts, their charisma and presence are not. Not by a long shot. They still have it and I was happy that I got to go to this show.