Bol meets a celebrity, of sorts

As I mentioned here before, I think, I spent 1999 to 2004 in a tiny rural town called Chicken Switch, MO. I think one time an AOI-era De La Soul came to campus, but I didn’t bother to attend due to a sheer lack of interest. Otherwise though, there weren’t any hip-hop groups coming within a 300 mile radius of that bitch. We didn’t even get BET.

I always figured once I got out of school I’d try to catch more live shows, especially hip-hop concerts. Slowly but surely, I’ve been making progress. This year alone I’ve seen Ghostface twice, dead prez, the Streets (they count, right?), Lupe Fiasco, Rhymefest, Cage, Mr. Lif, and a few others. And all for free, I might add. You see kids, it really does pay to stay at home all day drinking Natural Light and cracking blow job jokes over the Internet.

A couple of times now I’ve tried to go see the Roots, but the shit’s always sold out. In fact, I wonder if this is not the real reason you don’t see more black people at these shows. It’s just not in a black man’s nature to drop $60 on a concert three weeks in advance. Three weeks after the fact, maybe. If only someone would come up with a way to put a pair of concert tickets in your kid’s name. Shit, we could probably save hip-hop.

Admittedly, I’m as guilty of this as anyone else. This time I figured I would cop tickets in advance, but I still ended up waiting until this Monday. And of course the shit was already sold out by then. This time though I just ended up hollering at my people in okayplayer, with whom I’m tight like “this” – a relationship rivaled only by my bond with my baby’s mother Tit-ra Henley[1]. I ended up getting backstage passes and everything.

What’s left of the Pharcyde opened up, but I’ll spare you reporting on that since I doubt anyone gives a shit. Talib Kweli was also listed as an opening act, but rather than coming on before the Roots, he did a brief set sort of in between the Roots’ set, probably while ?uestlove was in the back checking his MySpace. It really is true what everyone says about Talib Kweli, though I’ll admit to liking quite a few songs in his catalog. Sorry.

Black Star and Reflection Eternal = nails.

Speaking of groups whose best albums came out a long time ago, I was excited to finally see the Roots live. They’ve long been considered the very best live band in hip-hop. They may even be the only live band in hip-hop, but that’s neither here nor there. They’ve got a new album, which, if you can imagine, won’t be out for over a month, still. But if it fails miserably, it certainly won’t be for a lack of effort.

The Roots went on promptly at, I don’t know, maybe a quarter after or 9:30 – actually, when I was expecting Talib Kweli to come on and do his “thing” for a half an hour or so. The show kicked off with “Boom” (I think) and several of those other songs from the past couple albums that all kinda sound like “Boom.” I guess since it was, after all, released as a single, they did “Don’t Say Nuthin’,” a song I don’t think anyone really likes. Its cousin, “Don’t Feel Right,” may have also happened during that first mini-set.

In general, the night was big on songs from the last album, the Tipping Point, and the upcoming Game Theory. Which I suppose makes sense, but of course if given a choice, I would’ve preferred to hear more of their older stuff. I could be mistaken, but I don’t think they did anything at all off of Illadelph Halflife. Neither Malik B nor any of their other weed carriers were anywhere to be found, which would’ve made doing some of those older songs difficult. I guess they felt like they had better things to do…

The show ended on a strong note with a ridonkulous extended version of “You Got Me,” with guitar player Captain Kirk doing the Erykah Badu part (nullus), and that thing they do where they play bits and pieces from a bunch of different hit songs. Last’s night’s version included TI’s “Why You Wanna,” Yung Joc’s “It’s Going Down,” a bunch of older rap shit, and ?uestlove’s take on Jacko’s “Smooth Criminal,” which was just insane.

Speaking of which, I got to holler at the Roots drummer for a bit after the show. For whatever reason, the dude’s mom (whom Dallas Penn would appreciate) was there. I introduced myself as “a writer,” and she was like, “Yeah, my son says you’re his favorite writer.” Then ?uestlove himself started telling me about some of my other celebrity fans, which I’m sure none of you ‘bags would believe if I told you. Suffice it to say that I heard all kinds of interesting tales from the Def Jam building.

[1] Sorry, I had to do that just once. I promise I won’t do it again. I don’t think.

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  • Penneez


  • bookworm brown

    every emcee needs a favorite ‘writer’ and ‘rider’, I’m glad you fell in the former category…though, you should keep your distance lest you fall into the latter and shatter your journalistic integrity.

  • Rey

    Forgive my ignorance, but:

    1-What does “nails” mean?

    2-What does everyone say about Kweli? I like him.

    3-Those fans include…?

    Damm Bol, you must’ve gotten a big check or something this week. You’ve been downright pleasant.

    I suppose the transient would call you a “kindler, gentler…faggit ass nigga”

    Good Shit, Weevil.


  • Mikey Ess AKA SukedowN

    >Then ?uestlove himself started telling me about some of my other celebrity fans

    Please, do tell.

  • Bol

    It’s actually slang I picked up from my high school wrestling coach. I’ll have to explain it one day when I’ve got the time.

  • khal

    you do sound a bit happy, bol. but i can let it slide. i felt your lif interview as well.

    i gotta say i think it’s ill that ?love digs you. getting that okayplayer love got you some backstagers… say word.

  • I Fux

    ^”It really is true what everyone says about Talib Kweli”

    What the fuck does everyone say, I would say he is slightly overated but I am a fan of his work

  • I Fux

    By the way I would have to say I agree with Rey for once, you are damn right chipper this week, on the Cassie blow job post alone. Anyways if I would guess maybe you frequented an Asian massage parlor and got a happy ending… nullus

  • Sweet James Jones

    Chicken Switch, MO? lol That shit sound like a school for fuckboys.

  • pop a poppa

    haha love the titernia reference…
    i’m sure ?uestlove didn’t stop the roots in the middle of their set to go check his myspace…
    don’t you know he keeps a little laptop behind his bass drum?
    i’ve been to see the roots a few times and they are just amazing…
    my favorite part of the shows was when rahzel would come on the stage and do his voicebox shit…
    that man is sick!
    he plays the beat and sings lyrics with his voice all at once…
    the 3 or 4 tracks i’ve heard from the roots’ upcoming Game Theory album have all been dope…
    i haven’t been impressed by jay-z’s ceo skills so far but i hope everything works out with the new album for the roots’ sake.

  • Boner Jams 03

    Bol is in love or something…He still is a marmot lookin muthafucka tho

  • Sarutama

    I saw them at that Marc Ekko “Save the Rhino’s” show last year with MF Doom, Boot Camp, De La Soul, Premier a solig DJ set (great show by the way) and when they did there montage of hit songs they did “Iron Man” as well as I’ve ever heard anyone other then Ozzy do it.

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    i aint in a very talkative mood today

    i jus thought i’d drop by 2 let u know that u a faggit ass nigga bol

    i heard jay z is a big fan of mine

  • Belize

    Bol’s happy because he fukd a transvesite that looked like cassie…got some dome to the song while thinking about the roots……

  • Jay

    yall gotta see this

  • Jay
  • bookworm brown

    somebody somewhere confirm or deny rumors of Prodigy getting deaded.

    fuck bullet ridden hip hop.

  • XRAY3000

    Stop dick-ridin yourself BOL lol…congratz!!

  • UnFaded Disciple

    Bol you a bithc mad enigga for stealing my credit

    You cum guzzlin’ ass nigga!

  • Randomname

    ” If only someone would come up with a way to put a pair of concert tickets in your kid’s name. Shit, we could probably save hip-hop.”

    ^^^The funniest thing you’ve ever written. You just passed the last thing you’ll think about before you die line.

  • thisishowwedoit?


    bol = and a good review?

    yeah i agree. guy must’ve gotten a huge ass check for the cassie blow job piece.

  • Danja29

    damn… i’ve had to cosign you all week, even about Tit-ernia’s bags. you musta gotten some cooch last weekend, from a woman of color in fact.

  • bookworm brown


    Police are searching for the person responsible for shooting a man outside a Queens, New York home. The victim, 32 year old rapper Albert Johnson also known as Prodigy from the gangster rap dual Mobb Deep ran for help and collapsed then moments later and died from bullet wounds according to 5 local witnesses
    Emergency crews responded to the scene and tried to save his life but by the time they got there he was already dead.

    Crews closed down 43rd street in order to search for evidence and witnesses, causing major backups.

    it’s out of the question whether the shooting appeared to be rap-related.

    Albert Johnson leaves behind his wife and two children, an autopsy is yet to be issued

  • Belize


  • nag

    Bol Says:

    July 28th, 2006 at 11:55 am
    It’s actually slang I picked up from my high school wrestling coach. I’ll have to explain it one day when I’ve got the time.

    you forgot to add no homo or nulllus after saying what you learnt from your “wrestling coach”

  • allnice

    Bol, you shoulda been there when Roots and Gangstarr performed live at Hammerstein in Manhattan a few years back. They just dropped Things Fall Apart, so they did alot of songs from Illadelph too. Gangstarr tore shit up with alot of their old shit, plus Inspecta Deck got up there to do Above the Clouds (how sick was that) To this day, that is prolly the best concert I have ever been too besides not being able to see Nas at a way too crowded Summerstage……..

  • armaggedion

    what myspace says that prodigy is dead??? fuck outta here

  • mordechai sunshine

    you were on the wrestling team like outkast are capable of making another good album.

  • Gangstaz Don’t Snap

    bol ask me if i care bout this? i think i wasted 5 mins of my life readin this shit i dont care bout ur life expericens no one does either u write bout real hip hop and wats goin on or dont say nuthin at all

  • Gangstaz Don’t Snap

    bol ask me if i care bout this i wasted 5 mins of my life readin this i dont care bout ur life experinces no one does i kno u dont hav friends but damn either write bout real hip hop and wats goin on or dont say shit

  • lol

    thats false man stay off that myspace shit

  • kane

    you’re ugly

  • daesonesb

    What people say about Kweli is that he is no good live and that his last two albums (and that wack mixtape with Ms. Hill on it) sucked.

    That is what people say about Talib Kweli, and having seen his show at bumpershoot last year, I am inclined to agree.

  • Whoa

    Mobb Deep Heads Overseas For Series Of Shows
    By Nolan Strong
    Date: 7/30/2006 1:13 pm
    he not dead^^^

  • Awb

    Well, it is known that UGK dissed the Roots on “Top Notch Hoes”. Could ?uestlove and Bol be forming a common bond due to their beef with Bun and Pimp?

  • dp

    Bol, did you get a picture of ?uest’s moms?