Das Racist, Fat Tony, Simple Success Fitzgerald's March 22, 2011
With tickets at the door a surprisingly steep 18 bones, Fitzgerald's was packed tighter than we expected Tuesday for the extensive, diverse lineup featuring Queens, N.Y. weed/joke-rap duo Das Racist. Before 11 p.m., Funboys, Simple Success, Fat Tony, B L A C K I E, and Lisa E had all come and gone from the upstairs stage.
Aftermath caught the tail end of the Funboys' set, who opened the night early around 9 p.m., although Muhammadali had originally been set to be out first. Without a drummer as of this past weekend, the band is presently looking for a replacement. If you or anyone you know has decent experience and are open to party, get in touch with them.
Simple Success, who have just released their Smash and Dash EP, was up next. The drum/DJ production duo of Kyle Vento and Edgar Miranda moved fluidly through songs like Waka Flocka's "No Hands," Far East Movement's "Like a G6" and Luda's "Move, Bitch." After mixing Dr. Dre and Nate Dogg's "Tha Next Episode" with a Beastie Boys track, Kyle made sure to remind the crowd of Nate Dogg's passing.
"I guess everyone knows Nate Dogg died, right?" he said, and the upstairs was flooded with repetitive calls of Nate's signature "hold up."
Fat Tony finally got on stage around 10:30 or 10:45 and brought a few guests out for the anxious, welcoming crowd. He dedicated the first song, "Invasion," to his devoted fans who have been with him since the jump.
When "Gimme Gimme Gimme" started playing, Tony brought out B L A C K I E and we could feel the crowd's energy grow considerably. He then played local video favorites "Nigga U Ain't Fat" and "Like Hell Yeah," followed by the definitive closer we're all so familiar with, "Buy My Shit." You better buy his shit, people.
After we waited 20 minutes at the front of the stage for the headliner with a loud party favor in our mouth, Das Racist came onstage and began their set with the help of DJ iPod Ammo. During SXSW, we managed to follow these dudes around and ended up catching them a total of five times. We saw the same set every time.
So Aftermath was incredibly delighted to hear a more diverse set last night. They balanced tracks from Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man equally, and at one point even rapped a cappella for a few minutes when the beat failed to drop.
Somehow front man Heems must have read our mind before going onstage, because they also played a track not featured on either mixtape, a song cleverly spat over Vado and Cam'ron's "Speaking In Tongues."
There was a good amount of sensual dancing from their hypeman, Dap, and Kool A.D. (Victor Vasquez) did a bit of crowd-surfing. It was difficult to keep an eye on the crowd, but we're pretty sure that there was some moshing going on towards the back.
Personal Bias: It was one of the best nights we've had this year. Really, it was.
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The Crowd: Relatively young and white. We noticed quite a few minors.
Random Notebook Dump: Heems, holla at us.