Master P's Birthday/No Limit Records 20th anniversary party House of Blues May 1, 2011
Apparently, there is a limit after all... and that limit is 20 minutes. That is exactly how long Percy Miller, aka Master P, graced us with his presence onstage last night at the House of Blues. What was billed as his birthday party and a celebration of No Limit Records' 20th anniversary http://www.trutanksoldiers.com proved to be a microcosm of every criticism leveled at rap shows nowadays.
The box office informed us that there were 11 openers scheduled for Sunday. Strike one. Mr. Make-Em-Say-Uhhh was set to close the show at 30 minutes past midnight. Strike two. When he finally did make it out, there were at least 50 other people onstage with him, not one of them named Mystikal.
Strike three and you're out, sir.
As Aftermath walked in, a group of performers from No Limit ATL were going hard and loud with the driving, bass-heavy sound that the label is known for. It motivates you to get up and punch somebody as you dance, a rough cousin of Memphis' G-walking or Bay Area hyphy dancing.
Three guys and a lady rapper were chanting "this is for the hood," and a fourth individual whose primary purpose was to bounce around the stage and shake his dreads uncontrollably. The crowd was unreceptive.
The show's special guests included Lil Flip, who was given a mike at the last minute and pushed onstage to rap one verse of "I Can Do That," as well as hometown sports heroes Vince Young and T.J. Ford.
Miss Mykie performed a fine set of songs accompanied by Papa Reu and Killa Kyleon, while Dallas Blocker tried his hardest to overcome his off-key attempt to sing his "Rock Ya Body" by wearing a No. 3 Chris Paul jersey. Propain followed up by daring us all to "Say I Won't."
The familiar sound of ice-cream-truck music marked the beginning of Master P's shorted set. After he bounced his way to the stage in an all green Adidas tracksuit and stunner shades, Silkk the Shocker joined him for "It Ain't My Fault." He shouted out to his incarcerated brother C-Murder, and performed his anthem "Down For My Niggaz" in his place.
Silkk's energy was infectious, and the whole house bounced to the Nawlins rhythms that rivaled any Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest party. "Make Em Say Uhhh" made an early appearance, much to the delight of the now-awakened audience.
Other hits performed were "Break Em Off Something," "Get Yo Mind Right" "Bounce That Azz" "Wobble, Wobble" "'Bout It, 'Bout It", "How You Do That There" and "I Got The Hook-Up."
Then the No Limit soldiers left us with these words of wisdom:
"Don't be afraid to make that money and take care of yourself. Don't try to get rich or die trying, get rich and live long!"
But only for 20 minutes.
Personal Bias: We 'bout it, 'bout it! At least we used to be...
The Crowd: No Limit Soldiers and New Orleans transplants.
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Overheard In the Crowd: "It is tomorrow!" - disgruntled concertgoer, in response to Master P's assertion that if he played all of his hits, we would "be here til tomorrow."
Random Notebook Dump: I need some sleep.