Chingo Bling, Fat Tony, Roxxi Jane House of Blues April 8, 2011
Check out the pics of Chingo Bling's party in our slideshow.
House of Blues was transformed into one big house party Friday night as Chingo Bling and Fat Tony took the stage in front of a sellout crowd of Houston rap aficionados. The lineup included a variety of opening performers that ranged from the soulful vibes of Freddy Cauley to the party-rock duo Matches & Big Al. The Chile from 97.9 The Box hosted of the event, while DJ Ebonix rocked the turntables.
Tony, a longtime fan of Chingo, confided that he was honored to have been invited onto the bill. He accepted the challenge of performing in front of an audience that did not include his usual show demographic, and won the crowd over with his fluid delivery and energetic stage presence.
His popular hit "Like Hell Yeah" was given a new dimension as he spit the lyrics a cappella halfway through the track, much to the amusement of the lovely Latinas in the front row.
Much of the crowd was getting restless by the end of Fat Tony's set, but once they saw the band begin to set up, they knew Mr. Bling was on his way to the stage. Consisting of an electric guitar, a bass, keyboards, and a drummer, the band began to warm up and jam until Chingo bounced onstage and ventured strait into the Hurricane Chris-inspired "Ay Wey Wey."
With all the charm that you would expect from a rapper flashing both cowboy boots and a platinum grill, he instructed the Latinos in the club to dance and put their elbows up, and they all complied. His T-shirt read "Mañosa Magnet" in bright orange font - a loose translation of Paul Wall's "Chick Magnet" moniker.
After downing a shot of tequila, he invited Roxxi Jane to the stage to sing her new single "Hush, Hush," and then he hurried back into reggaeton smash "Mas Maiz." Chingo transitioned smoothly from each genre he tackles, as his new tracks of Tribal (pronounced: Tree-Baaal) music prove.
This genre, originating in Central Mexico, is affectionately called "Mexican Pointy Boot" music. And only Chingo can transform Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" into his own version called "Por Favor, Believe It"! Other hits performed that night were "Grillz," "What Did He Said," "Ostrich Boots" and "Like This N Like That."
It is easy to forget that Chingo has been rapping and repping H-Town for almost a decade now. His fans and his hits go way back, and the kid from Ingrando Park who rocks a cowboy hat and raps about slanging tamales is now a more mature artist, quick-witted and tech-savvy, ready to conquer the world with his videos, acting, hustle and flow.
Personal Bias: Chingo for President!
The Crowd: Mostly young Latinos, and Chingo's Family
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Overheard In the Crowd: "Man! I need me one of those Mañosa Magnet shirts!"
Random Notebook Dump: I wish I had my own bobblehead. My life seems incomplete without one.