Screwed Up Click House of Blues October 14, 2010
8:19 p.m.: The doors opened for the show at 8 p.m. today, which is precisely why we plan on continuing to not be there until about 10 p.m. Fools no longer, we are.
10:00: Just walked in. Already saw a guy unironically wearing a jean jacket and a guy dressed like an extra from Black Dynamite. Things are looking good.
10:18: MC Kane, who we interviewed about this particular show about two weeks ago, is on stage hyping everyone up. We've seen him several times at several parties. He's always looked comfortable onstage. Tonight, he appears especially so.
10:19: Pimp C tribute via Kane and Go DJ J Boss. Excellent. "Get Throwed," "Let Me See It," "Big Pimpin'," "International Player's Anthem" and more.
10:19:04: Listening to this tribute, by the way, you can't help but consider the idea that Pimp C would've hated his new album if he had the chance to hear it. With the exception of maybe two songs, it sounds completely out of his wheelhouse. Was anybody else there thinking that?
10:28: Kane and Boss are up onstage doing that This Is My Half Of The Room, That's Your Half, Let's See Whose Side Is The Loudest thing. Kane, who calls his side The Southside, starts, "Do the Southside run this?" The crowd responds, "HEELLLLL YEEAAHHH!" Easy enough. Boss retorts by asking, "If the North run this let me hear you say 'Fuck you, bitch!'" Seriously? Fuck you, bitch? Is that really a equitable response to "Do the Southside run this?"?
10:33: Fat Pat tribute. It is officially, as they say, going dyne.
10:37: Yungstar makes a quick cameo to do "Knockin' Pictures Off Your Wall." He opens by saying, "Ten years later and I'm still doing this." We're not certain if that's awesome or heartbreaking.
10:39: Oh yeah. There's a part in "Knockin'" where Yungstar brags about having a remote controlled VCR. It's clear now: this is awesome. Was that really the height of technology back then? Were you really killing it if you had a remote controlled VCR? Crazy.
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10:48: Papa Reu, Candi Redd, Propain and Will Lean all make brief appearances to perform, with Propain (who does that song where he namedrops all of the Houston rappers) and Will Lean (who does his Houston version of Ricky Rozay's "BMF Freestyle") capturing the crowd's attention the most. Propain is better than anybody realizes at this point, we suspect. Watch for him.
11:02: Big Pokey is onstage now. Superb. He looks very good, like he's lost a bunch of weight*. That's the opposite of what Houston rappers tend to do.
*None from the shoulders up, though; his neck area is still very tree-stumpish.
11:08: Go DJ J Boss is jacked. He's clearly spent a lot of time in the gym. And he clearly either started working out because he likes to do feminine-esque dances during rap concerts and was tired of people giving him shit about it, or realized he had gotten to the point where he was big enough and strong enough to do feminine-esque dances at rap concerts now without anybody giving him shit for it. Those two things have to be related somehow.
11:22: Big Pokey's Massive Neck is performing all of his hits. Cool. The crowd is most piqued when he does "Ball-n-Parlay." That is an excellent song, whether it's sunny or gray.
11:28: The most obvious question tonight: Where's ESG?
11:32: Lil' O. He certainly is a tiny, squishy fellow.
11:34: Oh, hey, look, there's a guy walking around just wearing a football helmet. That's normal, that's a normal thing to do.
11:36: "Back, Back"! The room is on fire right now.
11:49: Scooby from the G.R.I.T. Boys is wondering around in the crowd. Did you get his D. Coleman mixtape yet? It's good, you should.
11:54: Lil' O has touched on everything you'd want Lil' O to get to at a Lil' O show. He's like a tiny Tazmanian devil up there. Great set from him. He rounds out with his verse on Ro's "Can't Leave Drank Alone," though Ro doesn't make his way out. He's probably finishing up some household chores before he gets here, like cleaning blood off his walls or making sure the bindings are tight on all of the children he kidnapped earlier in the day.
11:59: Thugga pops his head out to wave hello. He's likeable even from far away.
12:00: Don Ke!
12:04: It takes all of two songs to see that Keke is keyed up tonight. He seems to understand that a lot of people are looking at this show like it's an important event. He does "Southside" and the room goes effin yo-yo.
12:09: "Heart of a hustler, mind of a G, playa hatin' niggas can't fuck with me." Keke is shining tonight. There are even brief instances where he appears to not hate everything about everything. It's a good look for him. He almost barely maybe kind of thinks about possibly smiling at one point.
12:21: Fantastic set from Ke. He owns the night thus far. Though that might not be the case for long, as Z-Ro is milling around on stage right now. And he's in a goddamn chocolate brown suit with leather elbow pads and shoulder cuffs. And he has a pocket square. The crowd is amped and he hasn't even touched the mike yet.
12:28: And he's off. We've seen Ro plenty of times at plenty of concerts, but he's never appeared as actively engaged as he is tonight. He even takes a second to poke fun at his DJ, as well as acknowledge his own suit, a situation that is as humorous as it is amazing.
12:54: He's doing "Gangsta" right now. There's a line in there that says, "I die once, a thousand times is how a coward goes." That's an especially remarkable statement to consider. It's things like that that have kept people genuinely interested in the narrative arc of his career. That or because he does things like put $3,000 rims on minivans. One of those is the reason, definitely.
12:55: "Mo City Don Freestyle." He doesn't even bother to rap the first four or so bars, instead letting the crowd do it for him. He makes his way almost through the entire song before the sound man and light man shut everything down (we're about two minutes from the 1 a.m. cutoff point at this time). The sound is gone but the crowd keeps going. People on stage are slapping hands and giving Ro shoulder bumps and everything. It's an excellent moment and an appropriate ending to a show that was put together with good intentions. Aces.
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Personal Bias: We have a tattoo of Big Pokey on ourankle.
The Crowd: Was whiter than you'd expect. That's always never not fun.
Overheard in the Crowd: Lyrics. Lots of people knew lots of word, though it was interesting to see that the younger part of the crowd, who were all over the bigger hits, looked completely lost when Pokey or O or Ke' did something that wasn't at one point a smash single. It's weird to see someone go from Word For Word to complete befuddlement so quickly, like when you're arguing with your girlfriend about how gross porn is and you can't believe she'd even assume that you had any interest in it, only to have her pull out the dirty movie DVD you forget to take out of the DVD player.
Random Notebook Dump: The short, stocky, bearded houseman that patrols HOB was on point. He had to have kicked out at least 20 people for smoking.