D.I.T.C. (Lord Finesse, A.G. & O.C.) – Thick
Last Friday I caught EPMD, Naughty By Nature, O.C. and Lords of the Underground at the Nokia Theater in Times Square. Good shit.
O.C. opened and brought out A.G. and my personal G.O.A.T. Lord Finesse, so needless to say I went apeshit. That was my first time seeing the Funky Technician perform and I was not at all disappointed. Not to sound like a crabby old head or anything, but they just make MC’s of that caliber anymore. You know, the type that can just whip the crowd into a frenzy with only sharp lyrics and flawless delivery.
I also have a newfound respect for LOTU. I never really got into them too tough beyond their singles because I always thought of them as kinda gimmicky, and after Finesse tore them a new one that one time, that was pretty much it for me even trying to give them a chance. But man, they did their thing for real, and Mr. Funky Man spit some new shit that didn’t sound half bad. No video their performance, sorry.
EPMD – You Got’s To Chill/I Shot The Sheriff
EPMD headlined and tore shit down. I saw them do a nearly identical set last year at B.B. Kings, so this wasn’t the highlight of the show for me, but still dopeness nonetheless.
Naughty By Nature – O.P.P./Uptown Anthem
What can I say about Naughty. Treach and Vinnie were running around that stage like drunk 19 year-olds. They absolutely demolished their set. In this clip you see them opening with “O.P.P.” and the crowd was into it, but it not like you’d expect them to be, especially when the whole place was already hopped up on all that mid 90’s goodness. But then they go into “Uptown Anthem” and you can see the entire place erupt. What you don’t see on the video is later on during the set when Treach straight up open mouth kisses his Tupac tattoo and pours Hennessey all over it. I wish we had a clip of them doing “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” though, it really was a spiritual experience.
(Khalid over at Smoking Section also put up an account of his night at Nokia alot of which he spent backstage kicking it with the performers and roaming celebs. I lost on that tip, because although me and my man had all access passes, the third dude we brought didn’t, so that kind of fucked up our flow a little something.)