Just putting it out there because one day he’ll have to depart…
Just putting it out there because one day he’ll have to depart…
DISCLAIMER: The headline act of this event was originally supposed to be rapper Cam’ron however due to unforeseen circumstances he cancelled right before his set was due to begin. Luckily I managed to get there early enough to see Skepta perform so I will be doing a short review on his performance. I am not connected in any way to the events surrounding Cam’ron nor the comments circulating social media.
Artist: Skepta feat Boy Better Know Collective
Date: Tuesday 3rd June 2014
Location: The Forum, Kentish Town
The Forum is one of my favourite venues as they have utilised the space and allowed me to have a perfect spot where i can watch the show comfortably without being squished! (Shout out to my Scottish V.I.P company for chilling with moi!, Lovely to meet you both!)
DJ Manny Norte was the DJ in charge of keeping the vibe going and man did he do a good job. I loved the way he mixed it up between UK and US music. A home-grown audience loved the authentic mix we were raised with!
At around 9pm we were pleasantly taken into the world of UK grime in the name of Skepta and as my vision cleared I saw he was accompanied by his crew ‘Boy Better Know’. The crowd gave him a great welcome considering the atmosphere and before long, Skepta reminded us why he is a legend in the UK grime scene.
Born Joesph Adenuga, Skepta started on the underground garage scene early after finding his love for music and performing. From 2006, Skepta has grown from strength to strength, taking the UK music scene higher and higher, keeping the ‘Boy Better Know’ artist collective close by his side. Not limited to UK grime, he has also ventures into UK hip-hop and displays cultural influences from his Nigerian background.
Hits such as ‘ Doin It Again’ and ‘Icey’ amongst other classics kept everyone bubbling hard and we even had a surprise performance from Meridian Dan who did his current smasher ‘German Whip’ complete with JME and Big H dropping their verses live.
As he was only scheduled as a support act, Skepta was pushed into a timeslot and couldn’t maximise the time but managed to pull off an amazing snippet of his talents. I’m not as into UK music as I should be however this set showed me that the UK has a lot to offer and reminded me of the start of UK grime.
Skepta ended the slot with his latest banger ‘That’s Not Me’ feat his brother, co-founder of ‘Boy Better Know’ rapper JME
To conclude, the quality of this performance could have been it’s own show and a lot of people respect Skepta for his performance tonight. He kept his act true to himself, bringing the majority of his collective on stage with him to experience it with him. Whatever happened tonight it would not have been fair to music if I had dismissed such a great UK artist.
As usual, it’s note taking time peeps
Artist: Schoolboy Q
Date: Thursday 29th May 2014
Location: Electric Brixton, London
I arrived at the Electric Brixton after 9 o clock just as the T.D.E (Top Dawg Entertainment) artist Isaiah Rashad finished so I can’t comment on his performance but judging by the aura from the crowd, he warmed the stage up indeed!! It was almost as hype as when the main act came on!! ALMOST!!
The venue itself was a bit overcrowded in my opinion. I previously saw 2 Chainz at the same venue and even though a packed audience is what artists want, the experience at Electric Brixton was a bit too close for comfort….
The main man Mr Q came on stage just after 10 o’clock fulfilling the anticipation on the sold out crowd. I have only jumped onto the Schoolboy bandwagon in the past few months but was pleased to see he had an array of fans singing along to his archives. He himself is a very creative and energetic rapper. Not too in your face but knows what his strengths are and that’s what he did tonight.
Following his previous UK appearance supporting Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q vocalised his gratitude for our support enabling to headline his own worldwide tour. YOUR WELCOME!!
Born within a military base in Germany and raised in L.A, California following his parents separation, real name Qunicy Hanley was heavily influenced by the gang lifestyle around him. Even though he had good grades and a passion for American Football, the street lifestyle soon took a hold and he dabbled in drug dealing and so forth. Picking up an an undisclosed charge at 21, Schoolboy Q was driven by the freedom of rap,continued perfecting his craft until he felt comfortable enough to leave the hood life and be a rapper.
Early on in his career, Q had some controversial beef with rapper 40 glocc which inevitably gained him fans in the hip hop world. His rise to fame increased over the years as he released various mixtapes and albums including ‘Setbacks’ leading up to 2012. In that year he came out with ‘Habits and Contradictions’ which featured artist such as A$AP Rocky and Currensy amongst others. At present he has one to the most critically acclaimed albums titled ‘Oxymoron’ which delves into his personal musical style as well as featuring various other hip hop artists.
The whole vibe of the concert was very edgy as he dropped songs such as ‘There He Go’ and other classics before mixing it up with recent hits such as ‘Collard Greens’ and ‘Gangsta’. In his trademark white Tee and fisherman hat, Schoolboy Q sure knows how to put on show. In case we zoned out for a second he quickly reminded us that we were not at an opera and we should ‘TURN UP’ a.k.a GO CRAZY!!
The show drew to a close when he threw down ‘Man Of The Year’,’ Oxymoron’ and ‘ Break The Bank’, the beat bouncing was immense and you could tell he was genuinely grateful for the energy in the venue. Whether you are a hardcore T.D.E Follower or a you have just joined in with crew, you will not be disappointed!
He may have started off as support act in the past but Schoolboy Q can definitely hold his own!
Date: Thursday 8th May 2014
Location: The Forum, Kentish Town
Has been a while since i been to The Forum and in true THROWBACK THURSDAY style i went to see an artist who i have been wanting to see live for around 10 years!! The ‘Hot in Here’ man himself Nelly performed a one-off show and yes i was in there losing my voice with everyone else.
We had to wait a while for Nelly to come on but we were well entertained with DJ Swerve keeping the groove in the house. The venue was full by showtime came around and as the location boasts, the crowd was full of an eclectic mix of people.
Bursting onto the scene in 2000, Texas born, Missouri raised Nelly put his hometown of St Louis on the rap – map which had been dominated by the West, East and South coasts. With his unique rhyming slang, vocabulary and his boys firmly at his side, Cornell Hayes Jnr (aka Nelly) was ready to take on the world. After forming a HipHop ‘St Lunatics’ crew in high school, Nelly had a taster of the rapper lifestyle and after a slight setback (no record deal) he decided to go solo.
Over the past decade Nelly has gone from strength to strength, had an on/off relationship with R&B Ashanti, started a clothing line and starred in various advertising campaigns. He also set up an organisation to educate society about bore marrow diseases and the lack of donors, inspired by his sister’s plight with leukaemia, sadly she passed away in 2005. Not letting anything take away from his dream, he made sure that he gives back to the community in more ways than one.
The infamous plaster, Nelly wore on his cheek in the early part of his career was an ode to his younger brother and fellow St Lunatics Member ‘City Spud’ who was serving a lengthy jail sentence at the time.
In true Nelly style, he compacted years of material into an amazing set that definitely made up for his absence on our shores. Kicking things off with ‘Party People’, we were taken into a hype as he ran through hits such as ‘E.I’, ‘Country Grammar’, ‘Shake Ya Tailfeather’. I had an amazing sing along with some people I met to ‘Hey Porscha’, didn’t realise I was still so hardcore!! (doing my 15yr old self proud!) He included some other material which included ‘I’m so Faded’ and ‘Move that Body’ which kept the crowd in the zone with a fresh vibe.
As the show went on Nelly thanked us for sticking by him all this time and that we should to continue to support new music and gave advice to new artists to keep trying to reach their dreams. A highlight of the show was the crowd integration, Nelly pulled 3 ladies onto the stage and after various conversations, proceeded to serenade each one to his classics ‘Body On Me’, All In My Head’ and ‘Dilemma’. The looks on their faces were priceless as Nelly twirled and grinded with them….. (not jealous at all!!) Either way he was a good artist for doing that, some artists just expect you dance for/on them but he actually took the time out to do something different and unique.
The closing hits were somewhat sentimental as he wanted to show his gratitude as well as get the party started. The infamous ‘Hot in Here’ tore the house down and as Nelly took off his top SADLY many others felt the need to follow suit. I’m all for liberation but please, keep it civilised!! That song had us all jumping and singing along like it came out yesterday, timeless!!! On a more sombre note he spoke about his fight to get where he is now and closed the show with ‘Just A Dream’.
I know I’m biased as I am already a fan but this was an excellent show of MidWest’s finest, he made sure he came in top form to deliver the goods and as the saying goes: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!!!! ❤
Just realised I’m going to be reviewing a concert AT THE SAME DAMN TIME, IN THE SAME DAMN ARENA as the UFC Fight Night 37 Gustafsson vs Manuwa……. *shakes head*
Artist: Trey Songz
Date: Thursday 31st January 2013
Location: Hammersmith Apollo
Support Act: Bluey Robinson
Handed the review pen over to another blog friend of mine who gave her personal spin on the London show of RnB superstar Mr Trey Songz. I have seen this artist at least 3 times so i thought it would be interesting to get a fresh point of view. After reading her review, check out JayBee’s blogs and get involved!! heres a link to her page : http://thejaybeeshow.blogspot.co.uk
The show opened with Bluey Robinson serenading the crowd with his beautiful angelic voice and soon after UK artist Angel took to the stage in a comical bulletproof vest. Why he was wearing a vest no-one knows – after all it was an RnB show full of chicks!
Bang on time like clockwork Trey Songz took to the stage at 9. Opening up with one of his biggest club bangers ‘Say Ahh’. The girls went crazy, the screams were deafening Three girls actually fainted from the excitement and had to be carried out. But Trey was just getting started….
We were treated with hits after hits from ‘Can’t help but wait’ to his many collaborations including the steamy ‘Can’t get enough’ with J Cole.
After that the stage went dark and Trey Disappeared. In his place we were greeted with a video of him preparing for a seductive night with a mystery lady. And we knew that we were in for a hell of a ride.
He then popped up topless and sang all his greatest love songs from ‘Neighbours know my name’, ‘Invented Sex’ and his newest sexual song ‘Dive in’. The ladies melted.
The show was fantastic and Trey Songz definitely got the crowed on his side. The sensual nature of the show was to be expected but one that we all thoroughly enjoyed.
Imma about to Dive in now and say goodnight.
For those who don’t know this young man has been on the music scene for a while gracing us with pure, honest, R’n’B music. At times he does describe some of the worlds deepest fantasies to a catchy bass-line but there is no denying the man can sing!!
From Petersburg, Virginia, USA Trey Songz has been one of the most humble artists of our times as he never forgets his overseas fans and makes an effort to give back and show his appreciation. He even has a community foundation project movement called ‘Angels with Heart‘ where he uses his success and fame to give back to various communities and people in need.
A lot of people are very critical as Trey often uses his dashing good looks and sex appeal to cause palpitations across his audience and many feel that he would not have been as successful if he looked different. In times like these, everybody is using their attractiveness for something but when it comes down to it, you will not have longevity and respect in your field if that all your bringing to the table. And after 5 studios albums and close to 10 years in the ‘game’ Trey Songz has long proved the haters wrong.
Its almost as if this once shy singer still hasn’t come to terms with his rise of fame and somehow understands the need to remain part of the ‘normal’ world despite his success. With collaborations with artists such as Fabolous, Nicki Minaj and Drake there is no denying that Trey Songz is here to stay.
I will leave you with one of his most successful songs to date
Date: Saturday 12th January 2013
Location: 02 Sheperd’s Bush Empire
Support Act: Daley (UK artist)
Letting one of my longtime homies help out in my world of concert reviews. Miss N Luke (@nandyluke) is an everyday multi-cultural fashionista and always has a unique opinion about everything so when she told me she was going to see ‘Miguel’ I jumped at the chance of getting her voice out there, so here it is:
“Sold out venue, hence it was little over crowded. Great vibes, there were as many men as there were women, which was a little surprising seeing as he is a male R’n’B artist who predominately sings love songs. However, in my opinion he is the ‘Prince’ of our generation and is vastly becoming recognisable and is transcending through gender, race and social background.
The biggest cheers of the night went to his successful ‘Adorn’ which had the crowd roaring. His other hit singles ‘sure thing’ and ‘quickie’ also received a good response.
Overall the concert was great, worth every single penny, people really enjoyed themselves. He is an amazing performer and vocalist.”
With a secret love for R’n’B i must admit Miguel was a breath of fresh air in the music world as he is one of few artists that fought adversity to be who they are. Even though he is a blend of many styles including classic rock and neo-soul, Miguel has managed to captivate millions throughout the land with his breakthrough R’n’B single which is a thumbs up for any artist.
From Los Angeles, California, Miguel sought out following his dreams from an early age and over the past decade has learnt many hard yet valuable lessons about the music industry that many artists would shudder at however he still came through and released his talents upon us.
From the responses he is receiving all over the music industry, I feel that Miguel has finally found his niche and from here will continue to morph into the artist he no doubt will greatly personify.
Here is the song that is introducing us all to this great vocalist and beware ‘you might just bust a small groove when you hear the bassline!!’