Murs, Tabi Bonney, Ski Beatz Fitzgerald's October 2, 2011
Murs, Tabi Bonney and Ski Beatz dropped into Fitzgerald's Sunday for an intimate show in the Heights, Murs and Bonney's second time at Fitz this year. Bonney entered the stage at 10 p.m., wearing white skinny jeans and a red polo shirt, accompanied by live band The Senseis and his music videos playing on a projector screen behind him.
The crowd was filled with folks who seemed too cool to cheer but calmly bobbed their heads to each song. Bonney's stage presence with the band was gracefully effortless, as the Washington, D.C. resident danced as if he were at home in a go-go club. Bonney directs most of his music videos himself, so he took pride in announcing which videos can be caught on MTV Jams.
"If you don't have MTV Jams make sure you go to a friend's house that has cable to check this song out," said Bonney.
Murs has also directed some music videos for fellow DC rapper Wale. "I just want to shout out my city DC and a big shout out to Africa - I was born there in Togo," added Bonney, whose latest album The Summer Years dropped September 27.
In his 45-minute set, Bonney (right) performed songs from The Summer Years as well as "Nuthin But a Hero" and his hit "The Pocket" from his first album A Fly Guy's Theme.
Around 11:30, Murs went onstage with producer Ski Beatz and the Senseis. The crowd surrounded the stage, still coolly bobbing their heads, but a few hands went up in the air from time to time. We missed Ski Beatz set but the man responsible for producer Jay-Z classics like "Dead Presidents" and "Feelin It" came back on stage to DJ Murs' set.
"This song was never for sale so if you know it, I hope you stole it from somewhere, I don't care I just want you to hear it" Murs said before performing "Better than the Best." Aftermath ran into H-town's own Fat Tony in the crowd, who said, "Murs is a good friend of mine so I came out to support." (Murs is also featured on Fat Tony's song "Luv It Mayne.")
In between songs Murs stopped to check on the audience. "How do you guys like my haircut - my dreads are gone," he said, and the crowd woke up to cheer.
"I know a few angry black women that hate me for cutting my hair but I think I look fly," joked Murs. The crowd participated a bit more with a few "Yes, Yes Yalls" during Murs' 9th Wonder remix of Common's "I Used to Love Her." The audience also sang along as Murs belted out the chorus to Biz Markie's "Just a Friend."
He stopped in between songs once more to speak to Ski Beatz: "Ski, I love you man, I know I may not be as cool as Curren$y but I'm a little bit taller than him," he joked.
The 60-minute set ends with Bonney joining Murs on stage for their song "Hip-Hop and Love." The keyboardist of The Senseis, Harold, dressed in a red Adidas, hopped off the stage for an impromptu break-dance session and the crowd went wild.
"It feels amazing to be on tour with a legend like Ski Beatz," Harold said afterward. "The first night I met Murs and Tabi we made the beat to 'Hip-Hop and Love' in five minutes. These guys are fun to work with"
Personal Bias: Ski Beatz is the man responsible for some of my favorite songs on Reasonable Doubt.
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The Crowd: Was a bit stiff.
Overheard In the Crowd: "Where's Bun B?"