A Tribe Called Quest > Souls of Mischief > Skyzoo > Kidz in The Hall >>>> Remo Da Rapstar
If you asked If I've seen Kidz in The Hall live, I’d say yes and I wouldn’t be lying. If you asked me to describe their performance I’d be at a loss for words. Before I explain, let me tell you about something else I witnessed that very night. I’ve been to a lot of concerts. More than I can count. I’m one of those concert nerds that show up when the doors open to ensure a spot up front. Showing up early works well for indie rock shows but not so well for hip-hop shows (the wait). The down side to this move is endless hours of standing on your feet. Not to mention the scorn aimed in you direction from the person you dragged to the show. I’d like to take this moment to apologize to my girlfriend for making her stand hours to see Dungen, a band she truly hates. The good side, which some might view as a down side, are all the opening bands you see. Some are surprising, others are horrid, and for the most part the majority are decent. On the very night I’m writing about I stood through three opening bands. The first opener Skyzoo was amazing. Next up was Kidz in the Hall who I’ll discuss in greater detail below. The Kidz fell in the decent category. The other opener was the worse opening band I’ve ever seen. He goes by the name of Remo da Rapstar. My confidence was shaken based on his name alone. Remo da Rapstar was so bad I nearly shed a tear for hip-hop and called it dead on the spot. For a second I thought I was transported to another universe where awful cRap was encouraged. No, not the South. I don't normally put down an act but this performance was cringe inducing and soul raping (Emcees should know their limitations).Who knows, maybe Remo will become the future of hip-hop or at the very least a rap star. I’ll be the loser blogger who crapped on him. I doubt that.
After the noise pollution subsided the Kidz in the Hall took the stage. Like I said earlier, their performance was good but missing a key ingredient. At first I liked their presentation and asthetic and I was getting my grove on because I do that from time to time. Kidz sound like, now brace yourself, that backpack rap which I have a taste for. They played one song, the name of which I can’t recall because I went in totally blind to their catalog. The song was catchy and Naledge delivered his lyrics in a smooth buttery flow which made me think of A Tribe Called Quest. I often daydream and stare into space when a band’s live show can’t keep my attention. Remo da Rapstar kept my attention but for all the wrong reasons. When asked why I didn’t enjoy a performance I can’t furnish specific reasons because I spent the show thinking of something other than the performance in front of me. In particular, I started thinking about Phife Dawg's line “here’s a funky introduction of how nice I am.” I though about artists I want to see live, including Tribe. I chastised myself for missing Tribes show last year. I read somewhere they won’t consider touring in the near future, which makes no sense from a monetary standpoint. Anyway, I thought of another line; “I like em brown, yellow, Puerto Rican or Haitian, name is Phife Dawg from the Zulu nation.” Phife was always trying to bring world peace. This in turn forced me to think about the Electric Relaxation video, which feels so New York circa 1993. I was snapped out of my haze when the Kidz performed a new song, Wheelz Fall Off. Wheelz jacks the beat from 93 'til Infinity. I instantly thought about ’93 Till Infinity which reminds me of spring and summertime in Brooklyn, circa 1994. Speaking of Souls of Mischief, I'll be checking them out next Wednesday at Southpaw. Get your tickets here. By the time a cleansed my mind of all excess thoughts the Kidz in Da Hall were trudging off the stage.
Kidz in The Hall
Remo Da Rapstar setting the genre back twenty years.
Kidz in the Hall - Wheelz Fall Off
Souls of Mischief - 93 Till Infinity