The past few weeks have been stuffed with a lot of live shows. Rock the Bells, Cormega & AZ, and Black Army Jacket … all were ill performances, but I’d like to focus on the second to last show I attended.
The opening acts included a lot of artists I’m not familiar with and I have to admit I don’t remember all of their names, however I know that Catch Lungs, Jon Hope, Eternia, and Donny Goines were part of the opening line up. These artists all put on a decent performance for the heads eagerly awaiting the headlining emcees hailing out of Queens and BK.
The engineers and soundmen at Santos didn’t have their shit together that night, all throughout the openers there were issues with the mic volumes. Not until Cormega stopped the show to complain about it and refuse to perform until the fans felt the mic levels were correct did the issue get fixed (on one mic).
Cormega performed his set along with a jazz band called The Revelations, who re-created the beats from his albums. This was an ill touch. As someone that has seen Mega a few other times, it changed the atmosphere of the show and I’m for other artists incorporating live bands into their sets. Mega also brought out Chinky to sing some of the hooks, and Nature came out to drop a few bars. I wish Nature spit a joint or two off For All Seasons, there’s a couple tracks on that album I fuck with heavily. Grand Wiz and Craig G also made brief appearances during the set.
Now onto AZ’s set. I was hoping he’d do mostly material from Doe Or Die (this was billed as the anniversary show), he did do a couple joints from his debut, but the performance was more rounded on his whole catalogue and not just his debut. Seeing “Problems” and “I’m Back” performed live was ill, I wasn’t expecting to catch those but I would’ve liked to see more joints from the debut. He also spit his verse from “Life’s a Bitch”, of course. During his set, The Visualiza also brought out Lil Fame to drop a few bars (Editor’s note: Brooklyn!)…then Mega and AZ went into an abridged, but fresh nonetheless, version of “Affirmative Action”. Smiles all around.
Overall, a very dope show…if you didn’t make it, you got caught snorin’.