Friday, April 29, 2011

Hip Hop Shows Are Fun

After about a decade of playing and writing about rock shows, I'm still fairly new to the world of live hip hop. This month, I got to review both Ice Cube and Mos Def for The Oregonian.

The crowds at these shows make rock audiences look really square. There is so much movement and enthusiasm. One friend of mine said she saw people "practically having sex on the dance floor" at Mos Def. While I didn't see anything that extreme, I did see folks all the way up to the balcony standing, dancing and being rowdy for both of these shows.

Mos Def killed it by the way. Absolutely killed it. He did the new song in the video above. He has such showmanship, and man, can I get down with that. So many bands that essentially just stand and play their songs could learn so much from him, running around, dancing, improvising, talking, making jokes...What a show. The fact that he agreed to an interview with me and then backed out after I waited around couldn't even begin to sour me on it.

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