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).

  1. Dom Corleone (Reply) on Jun 18, 2009

    I’m heated I didn’t go, FAIL on my part!

  2. POLOUSNY (Reply) on Jun 18, 2009

    I bought 5 tix through ticketmaster and was in line w/200 peole infront of me. I said forget this, it was unorganized, but then I went to the front and spoke to one of the organizers. I was told to wait infront and was allowed in. Most of the people in-line didn’t have a ticket. They should ‘ve organized it better by categories.

    The Show:
    It was the best show that I’ve seen w/all artists on one stage. They performed more than one song and it felt like the essence of hiphop was in the place.

    Overall it was history reminding us the greatest moments of hiphop. No audio tunes or dirty south songs. NYC finally had a chance to see some of the greatests hometown hiphop artists.

    BX born
    JRZ resident

  3. Equan (Reply) on Jun 18, 2009

    I was there yesterday and saw all my colleages in the game. Bid shout to Smooth B, Blue, Kid Capri, Q (The Bodyguard), MC Lyte, Smith N Wesson, Swizz Beats, Craig G, DasEFX, and everybody else I met and holla’d at. Quancheye was in the building. Hung with family and got good footage. Without the Legends, where would be as rappers today. I’m not ashamed to pay homage.

  4. SeeAsia (Reply) on Jun 20, 2009

    Classic shit, I was on stage with the GODS and backstage the whole time. This time i wasnt gonna roast in the crowd with you mofos, lol. Even tho thats the BEST place to be. Backstage/VIP has ALWAYS been overrated.

    Now its on to Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival today.

    21 Gun Salute to Hip Hop and all its true warriors.


    The Earth

  5. Shante Barnes (Reply) on Jun 21, 2009

    That was the best show of my life, my uncle Smooth B rocked it… it was amazing…. that was the best Birthday Present ever!!!!

  6. Ming-Tzu (Reply) on Jun 22, 2009

    Nice & Smooth definitely ripped it.

  7. aaronswatkins (Reply) on Jan 4, 2010

    damn is this whole concert avalible on dvd or download this is pretty hot