The Greatest Show On Earth…
I just got home from running around the streets of NYC. ?uestLove from the Roots crew was DJ’ing at this downtown joint. Most of y’all wouldn’t have had a good time since ?uest was spinning sample source classics. Crate digging is old people music for you 90’s babies. That party was fresh and it wasn’t even the highlight of the night. First off, there was the taping of a little Hip-Hop awards show. It’ll be broadcast next week and the new rules at the office say I can’t mention anything that isn’t branded with two ‘X’s and an ‘L’, but you already know what the eff I’m talking about anyhoo.
All I’ma say is that Busta tore shit up with his verse on the OG Shout Rap GOAT track‘Scenario’. Actually, the ‘Scenario’ remix is the GOAT Shout Rap track, but I digress. I haven’t seen Busta perform live in a few years. I thought for sure that he would have reunited with the LONS and ATCQ to perform at the Jay Dilla tribute the Roots hosted at Radio City Music Hall. But no. In any case there were no other LONS members on stage other than Busta. If Charlie Brown and Dinco were in the building they were working as ushers.
Busta came through with Splif Starr, rap music’s ultimate weed carrier. How good a weed carrier is Spliff Starr? Let’s just say that Busta may get pinched by the po po for doing all kinds of crazy shit, but he has NEVER been knocked for holding his own greens. Michael Vick take note: Hire yourself a Spliff Starr. Here’s a man that gladly holds the bags[ll]. He prah’lee rolls one of the meanest blunts you’ll ever puff too. I mean c’mon?!? Dudes name is Spliff fucking Starr! But enough jokes on Spliff. If you ever have the chance to watch he and Busta perform a set together you will see the utmost performance in rap music.
Let’s be clear that I said RAP music. For my money, Doug E. Fresh is the greatest entertainer evar, but when it comes to rhyming with force, energy, lyrical dexterity and just an overall enthusiasm that you wouldn’t expect someone that’s closer in age to forty years old than he is to thirty to still have, Busta is that nigga. He always was. That’s the reason why Busta’s transformation into a street thug is so dramatic and disappointing. He traded in his bounce and the boom bap for some bling and a gun clap.
Busta still pounces around the stage and spits his rhymes like he just wrote them the night before. The show was filled with fun and energetic moments, but Busta’s performance was how the show should have closed. Don’t get me wrong either, it was definitely church to see A Tribe Called Quest reunited and spitting some of their classic shit. They even brought Jarobi through for the party. Jarobi’s presence in ATCQ is legendary stuff. He’s like the fifth Beatle, or the sixth Jackson 5 member. Some people don’t even believe he exists, but he does. Look his ass up in Wikipedia.
My personal highlight of the evening was when some drunk dude from MTV told me to watch my back. Not a random dude from MTV either, but one of their famous braintrust Hip-Hop consultants. The same cats that create all the lists that MTV uses as vehicles for showing people’s music videos. If you did Hip-Hop music and didn’t make any videos they have in their rotation you could never get any light from them. Sean P or Consequence may never make any of their lists. Just as an aside, Cons ‘Uncle Rahiem’ video is that shit.
Blogger beef in the streets is that new sexy shit. Thank goodness dude wasn’t hardbody, because if he was he would have just one-pieced me and kept it moving. Since he introduced himself he wasn’t a coward either like his man though who kept it rather squirrely. I say that niggas keep shit squirrely when they hold a man’s nuts and whisper softly in his ear, “Yo, I think that’s that nigga right there”. I can see why MTV cats would be mad at me because I called shenanigans on their formerly clandestine operation. Niggas caught a sweet gig filtering and disseminating content for the t.I.’s and they don’t want to have to move back into the projects.
Things are that serious in this Hip-Hop shit if you want to just enjoy yourself you better be prepared to fight for your right to party. So I guess from now on I will have to roll out with the goons in tow. I know how mad I’ll be if someone tried to stop my XXL Mag dot com digit. I’d be back to eating $3 Sunday chicken wing dinners from the Chinese spot on Ralph Ave. True story is that is what I’m doing anyway.
What’s The Scenario Remix – ATCQ, LONS. MC Hood R.I.P.