Jim Jones is used to rocking New York City venues with his Diplomats crew. But last night (February 29), Capo proved he can bring the house down without his crew, for the most part, at his Jim Jones and Friends concert at Gramercy Theatre.
As soon as Jim hit the stage, following openers Nyemiah $upreme and Ninjasonik, concertgoers demonstrated how anxious they were to see the man of the night perform with loud roars and hand claps. Jones was joined by affiliate Sen City, who served as his hypeman the entire night.
After warming up the crowd with notable releases “Certified Gangsta,” “Summer Wit’ Miami” and “Baby Girl,” among others, Jones sent the crowd into a near frenzy with “Pin the Tail” off his album Hustler’s P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment).
“She putting up a fight like Laila Ali, (and what’s ya name nigga?!) I told the lady I be… Doing the turnpike, 80 in a fly V, middle name “40 on the wrist,” last name “you can’t afford me bitch!” Get a camcorder bitch,” he rhymed.
A highlight of the evening was what seemed like a shout out to former partner-in-rhyme Max B, who, as reported by XXL yesterday, was denined an appeal and will not be up for parole unitl 2042. While “Pin the Tail” blared through the speakers, the Harlem native took a swig of champagne straight out the bottle, letting Biggavelli’s chorus play uninterrupted. The moment ignited the crowd, as a result.
Making his way to the stage not long after was a seemingly disguised Maino; the audience did not recognize him immediately as he sported a gray leather jacket and black hoodie that covered nearly half of his face. Still, once the Brooklyn native started spitting the well-known lyrics to “Cream” from his new album Day After Tomorrow, spectators went wild. Maino was so lively that after rapping his verse to “We Keep It Rockin,” he cut in on Jones while he was performing his part to the record. Capo, with a smirk on his face, just stepped back and recited the second half of his verse with Maino as echo.
Jones concluded the entertaining night with “Perfect Day” off his last album Capo, right after alluding briefly to his most recent arrests.
Kicking off the night was Nyemiah $upreme. The femcee sported ripped pants and a short-sleeved jean jacket while performing various tracks from her mixtape Bad, including “None of Ya Business.” Ninjasonik picked up right where $upreme left off. Telli, one half of the alternative rap duo, wore nothing but all black while fellow member Ben Robey donned a satin Chicago Bulls jacket before taking it off and letting his Bart Simpson top, one of his trademarks, be seen. The crowd seemed unfamiliar with the duo’s work, resulting in delayed reactions when they performed such songs as “Mosh Pit” and “Party Animal.” —Christopher Minaya @CM_3