Alright, so most of ya’ll know I was just down in NYC for some r & r and to catch the Rock the Bells concert. The trip overall was fairly relaxing and chilled, so mission accomplished there. I also wanted to holla at some of the shop owners about this blog, again mission accomplished there. Although I was only able to hit a handful of shops, but hey the vibe was positive.
So for a recap of the actual concert click on the jump below and have a read. Pictures attached as well and trust me, you gonna wanna see these bitches.
The concert was mad tight. There must’ve been 8,000 + easily. The weather started off nice but then it rained like a sunavabiatch. I and everyone else off course were soaked head to fuckin’ toe, but that didn’t sour peoples’ attitudes. The music vibes were good.
Hosting the concert was Supernatural, holds world record for the longest freestyle and if you think it’s 9 mins or 1 hour then you my friend are wrong. The world record is 9 hours held by this man, rhymin’ off his muthaphukkin’ dome. Throughout the night he would flex those skills as well. Rahzel, the legendary human beat box machine was the co-host.
The first act that I caught was the legendary, and I’m gonna be using that word a fuckin’ lot cus I was at the main stage which featured alot of “legendary” acts, while stage B, which I’m sad to say I didn’t visit featured more up and coming cats.
So back to what I was sayin’ the BOOT CAMP CLIK came out and just uplifted and rocked the fuckin’ crowd. Hits were performed by Heltah Skeltah, although only 1 member was there, Smif and Wessun aka Cocoa Brovaz, and the OGC, Originoo Gun Clapaz.
Up next was Pharoahe Monch, former member of the classic group Organized Konfusion. He came and rocked his set with a live band, this was mos def a refreshing take for a hip hop act and so very few acts actually are brave enough to do this. But it came off popping. He kept the crowd hype, but as soon as the base line for Simon Says people went straight bananas.
Up next was another intelligent MC by the name of Talib Kweli. He came out and just shook the muthaphukkin’ place with his classics Get by, Get ’em high and etc. But at one point in his set he actually just stopped rockin’ it. Why you ask. Cus some stupid ass muthaphukka did the most disrespectful shit. They threw a bottle of urine up on stage, that shit is straight disgusting and filthy. Anyways after addressing that shit he went back on to his set. At this point Mos Def was suppose to join him on stage as well, at least that’s what the program guide said, but that was not so.
So up next was suppose to be Rakim and after like a 20 – 30 min downtime Supernatural came out and told us that someone was comin’ out. Next thing you know, Mos Def comes on stage and performs his ass off and the crowd was chanting his name. Part way through his set, everybody there witnessed the reunion of Blackstar, as Talib joined him on stage and they did their classic joints together.
Mos Def was enjoyin’ himself so much that concert organizers had to cut him off and tell him his time was up. He appreciated the crowd’s energy and vice versa.
Next act the GOD himself, RAKIM with Dj Kid Capri on the 1’s and 2’s. Rakim performed all his classics from his Eric B & Rakim days did some joints off of his 18th letter album.
Everybody waited patiently for the next act and the setup took awhile, but as soon as people saw the Buddah receive air and was propped on stage, heads knew it was time for some hits from the bong. Cypress Hill came out to some crazy and I mean crazy love. Doing their hits insane in the brain, and my favs Shoot ’em up, and How I Could Just Kill a Man. They were entertaining as shit and when hit the stage they took the crowd up 10 levels. At one point B-Real stops the performance and you hear the song “Mary Jane” by Rick James playing. He pulls out the biggest fuckin’ joint I’ve seen and lights it up on stage and proceeds to smoke it. Zen Dog then comes and takes a hit and almost looses it. He’s hackin’ like a mofo.
Up next on the bill was the legendary Public Enemy. Chuck D and Flava Flav came and rocked the crowd. At one point they both jumped out into the crowd and worked their way to back of the front section. Showin’ love to all the heads out there. I forgot to mention that all night artists were on the political tip as everyone made comments about how Bush is fuckin’ up the country and sayin’ fuck Guiliani and fuck the police. So it all went in line and led up to Public Enemy.
Next was the main event. Well the main event for me. I was there for the muthaphukkin’ Wu. There was one more act after this and it was Rage, but I wasn’t there for that even though I love me a lil’ Guerilla Radio and Killin’ in the Name.
The Wu did not disappoint at all. They straight rocked the house, people were rappin’ along and chanting Wu-tang and throwin’ up the W’s like this group never left. They were doin’ it big, givin’ every member their time to shine with their hits, first it was Bring the Pain, then it was Incarcerated Scarfaces, then it was Liquid Swords and it went on and on. The group did some classic shit too obviously like Wu-tang Clan ain’t nuthin’ to fuck wit, CREAM, Protect ya neck, it’s Yourz, Pinky Ring aka Uzi and a ton of other joints. They then did Shame on a Ni**a, where they ALL performed and did all of ODB’s lyrics and then from that it went straight to Tearz. They were pullin’ out classics all night long and they ended it with a preview of the upcoming joint from the 8 Diagrams album. The only one that I didn’t see there was Ghostface Killah.
That alone was well worth the trip to NYC.
This was definitely a concert not to be missed. I’m lookin’ forward to next years Rock the Bells tour.