talk about how the caliber has lowered… in modern day “hip-hop” — if that’s what you wanna call it, the demand for has stooped to an all-time low… and I just saw an all-time great show. NaS, you were right… “Hip-hop IS Dead.”
“I’M. SO. APPALLED.”
Last night I attended the Method Man & Redman show at the O2 Institute (Birmingham) and witnessed the art of true emceeing. I now have a top 5 list of top live acts/performers — and I think it’ll be clear who’s #1 after you read this.
I love the odd photo/video here and there, right. so, imagine the only bad thing about the whole night was a good thing. despite struggling to get my phone out, I got to feel the craziest energy I’ve ever set foot in; and quite frankly, I’m glad I couldn’t get my phone out. that bounce going on was disgusting; heads everywhere just rocking. after that, I don’t eeeeuuver wanna hear somebody say that older folks are “too old to party,” because they shut it. Only two cuts into the set and the room was up in some next inferno. so, why I wore my Nike ACG Gore-Tex Performance shell jacket and a Nike Tech Fleece hoodie underneath that? Pshhh, slap me silly. I done told Jake that it was going to take The Throne’s (Jay Z & Kanye West) place on my Top 5. I knew I was in for a treat fortunate to receive.
Meth & Reggie are both in their forties and STILL rocked a stage like that. even danced, too — and in immaculate sync. I don’t know if they’re “yin & yang,” “yin & yin,” or “yang & yang” — but whatever it is they are, they’re a duo that’s one of a kind and one that I personally feel the world will never get again, though years time may beg to differ. the fact Meth was apparently ill for four days and gave it his all ANYWAY, which, honestly I couldn’t tell you that I could tell — most that was different and evident was the extra rasp (and even that made it sound better). this might have been the first time I’ve been to a concert where rappers turned up on time. they just didn’t play around. they gave “110” from start to finish; all energy — money’s worth was gotten. they even interacted heavily with and touched the fans. then you got Redman sold his CDs like it was bootleg, haha. they stuck around though and thought nothing of it. real and truly humble human beings, yet on stage they seemed like superheroes (Method Man doing the HHH water spit at the start was the best). Method Man even bussed couple line of patois, “rudebwoy come to di front ah di stage,” “wha gwan!?”
Hip-Hop & Comedy duo genius delivered from the two. PLUS… I got to see some of my favourite cuts: “Ice Cream,” “Method Man,” “Do You Really (Thang Thang),” Shimmy Shimmy Ya,” “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin’ To Fuck Wit,” “C.R.E.A.M.,” and of course, “Da Rockwilder.”
… and people love to say there’s no such thing as a “10/10…?” HAAAA! LA, LA, LA, LA, LA-LA, LA, LAAAAAAAGH! You missed out. You done ufffed up.
but what’s to now say that the culture is dead nowadays? man, I don’t know — not to focus on the negative — but you got fat motherfuckers like Rick Ross who can’t even end a show courteously.
a thing such as the above reminds me and makes me again reflect on the mentalities of people today in comparison to the OGs. the work ethic and respect definitely isn’t the same. suuuure… you might take a glance at Meth & Red and think they’re some grungy guys — but they still got morals and came to give the people what we turned up for. the craft was shown; the level of showmanship was there to see crystal clear. there’s a reason why these guys can still kick a show like that at their age and why they’re so respected. but, albethat… I don’t think a lot people really know, though — hence their asses ain’t attend, mehn… perhaps they didn’t ever watch Backstage, like I did back in early 2014.
the art of hip-hop is long gone… and I see now exactly why “old ‘heads” get mad, because it’s a lack of respect that’s in the air, and people would rather bow down and kneel to pure crapness. the most amazing part is, a show like what I witnessed gives you so much to respect that you can’t not. it’s so easy for anybody to come in the game now and “shoot two videos; spit two lyrics,” like Skepta said. and it’s because of that I believe is why these rappers don’t care. there’s no pure work put in. basketball, football, rap and wrestling are three things that just aren’t the same now. sure,
shit evolved — but without the same quality? keep it. I don’t want it. there’s no hating involved or to be spoken of, and I probably sound like that Uncle who talks about “back in my day,” but… it’s just that it’s clear the caliber we’ve seen in the past is no mo. put some RESPEK on the game. thank you artists of all age, who care about and cater your best efforts to your supporters.