Hip-Hop Live! Rakim, Ghostface, Brother Ali

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Every so often a hip-hop show comes through that is a must-attend. Hip-Hop Live on Nov. 18 at 930 Club was just such an event. The legend Rakim, he’s everywhere but nowhere Ghostface Killah and up-and-comer in the game Brother Ali provided a past, present and future of a hip-hop show that was one of the best I’ve seen of late (could be the best if didn’t see Del the Funkee Homosapien a couple months back). All three performers were backed by an impressive 10-piece band from LA called the Rhythm Roots Allstars who were dope.

Brother Ali took over the stage after a Rhythm Roots warm-up and displayed deft skill with his lyrics and energy. He is a unique presence, as he probably clocks in at 6-5, 250 and is albino. He hails from Minneapolis and is a member of the Rhymesayers family alongside Atmosphere, Musab, and Eyedea and Abilities. His highlights were Take Me Home, Uncle Sam Goddamn and Truth is Here.

Ghostface is well, Ghostface. He’s fucking dope. And if you don’t know that, you better ask somebody (please forgive the cheesy hip-hop reference used by a white guy, but it just fit). He basically killed it. Playing a range of tracks from his solo albums like Ironman (classic), Pretty Toney, Supreme Clientele and Fishcales, he also treated us to some new tracks from his new album dropping in November, John Doe Rehab. The best treat came when he would start on a Wu verse and let the crowd take over. It was ODB’s birthday a couple weeks prior from the show so he talked about that then broke into ‘Ooh baby I like it raw…’ and the crowd lost their shit and screamed the lyrics back at Ghost and his Theodore Unit crew.

Rakim was amazing. With each song I was thinking to myself ‘damn, I remember this song!’ He is a legend and it was evident onstage. He went through all his major songs and some obscure songs, of course the classic from his days with Eric B. – Don’t Sweat the Technique. (Photo credit six.five)

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2 Responses to “Hip-Hop Live! Rakim, Ghostface, Brother Ali”

  1. […] settling in for was Rakim. Now I have seen this hip-hop Hall of Famer before and wrote about it here, but once again this legendary MC did not disappoint. Raekwon and Ghost were next and of course […]

  2. […] settling in for was Rakim. Now I have seen this hip-hop Hall of Famer before and wrote about it here, but once again this legendary MC did not disappoint. Raekwon and Ghost were next and of course […]

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