Common had a concert at Houston’s Warehouse Live last Friday (May 28), and judging by the legion of female fans primped and packed into the venue like it was a screening for Sex in the City 2, the rap vet still has a way with the ladies.
The adored Chicago native began his show by asking the crowd, “How many of y’all love hip-hop?” Declaring, “This is real hip-hop y’all,” before beginning his set with “Go!”—the Kanye West-produced hit from his critically acclaimed album, Be. Backed by Biz Markie’s longtime spinmaster, DJ Kool V, Com then launched into “Poker Face.” The lyricist went on to display his breakdancing skills during his performance of “Universal Mind Control.”
The star of the recent movie, Just Wright, then brought out the Diabolical Biz Markie for an old school freestyle battle. Both seasoned MCs infused Houston landmarks and personalities into their verses to eliminate all doubt that the 16s were coming straight from the dome. Common then acquiesced the cipher to the former member of the legendary Juice Crew to perform “Vapors.”
The G.O.O.D. Music MC then offered up “The Corner” and the DJ Premier- produced “The People” before giving the ladies the song they really came to hear, “The Light.” The women shrilled with delight as they proceeded to recite every word of the song.
Before exiting stage left, the rap vet brought Biz back to the stage and they both belted out the golden era MC’s 1989 top-10 hit, “Just A Friend.”
Com is currently working on his ninth solo studio album, The Believer, which he is aiming for a fall release. —Maurice Bobb
Turn to page 2 to see a photo gallery of images from the show, courtesy of Xphaqtor.