After reading the recaps from the first Hip-Hop Legends Concert, I was ready to pounce on every negative thing that happened at the show tonight. And I most certainly did with some of my tweets. Everything that happened at the first show went down again at the second one. Long, unorganized line outside? Check. Too many people packed into too little a space? Check. Short set lists? Check. But isn’t that what a Hip-Hop show is supposed to be? Large droves of people SHOULD come out and support. It SHOULD be hot and sweaty in the venue. And maybe, just maybe, shows SHOULD include more artists and sets just long enough to get the crowd hype without boring them to death with lesser known tracks from the catalogue. Maybe.
If you missed tonight’s show, you really missed out on something special. The vibe throughout the night was really hard to describe. I truly felt everyone in the venue, including the artists, were there as fans and wanted to see their favorite acts perform. No one epitomized this more than the host and event organizer Funkmaster Flex. His facial expressions when certain songs came on were classic material. Performers included Black Moon, Smif-n-Wessun, KRS-One, MC Lyte, Nice & Smooth, Joe Ski Love, Raekwon, Naughty by Nature, Das Efx, Lord Finesse and A.G. Highlights included Busta Rhymes introducing Raekwon by telling a story about when he bought the Purple Tape, Flex and a bunch of cats dragging Slick Rick on stage so that he could perform La Di Da Di and Buckshot and KRS-One doing the new single off the collaboration album.
Peace to Flex for putting all this together. It was truly a magical event and looking forward to more in the future.
Videos will be uploaded here shortly (hopefully).