All words: Josh Hood
All photos: Azeez Bakare
All photos: Azeez Bakare
The lead up to this show for me just seemed all about rushing… a day full of issues and pure hot crap. Every time it seemed like something was happening to get the day on the right path….. I got to work early and found out that I had to leave an hour early so I didn’t go into over time… 2 call-outs and about 4 people at least 30 plus minutes late to their shift…. Crazy old lady yelling at me because she choose not to read correctly… 8 o’clock, time to blow the popsicle stand and head for Howard…. Did I just zone-out…where the heck have I just ridden to….Howard theatre is not in this neighborhood…8:15 arrival at my destination…What the crap! Pusha is already on stage…(I’ve got to make it clear that at this point from what I saw online the doors didn’t open til 8) so I thought Pusha was just out doing so songs before Fabulous came out….
As soon as I walked around the corner and saw Pusha on stage I was ready to go, the energy that Pusha was giving out was clearly felt by everyone in the room. It was very clear that I found myself on the right side of the floor, because everyone around me knew the words to every single song. Pusha T has a presents about his self that I feel a lot of rappers/artist seemed to lack…I don’t know if its self confidence or cocky-ness, but there always this look in his eyes.
You’re always left wondering if the stories that he tells are indeed truth. Is his name, his name? Who every was doing the sound for Pusha was right on, you could feel the base in the floor, coming from the speakers, and the vocal levels were crisp like listening to tracks off the album. What I was getting from Pusha set was intense from the get go, and only building from one song to the next.
LIFE IS SO EXCITING
Notice the all caps above…Fabulous was everything but those words above. His choice in jewelry was more exciting then most of the set from where I was standing. Which was also the only reason I could think of why he was wearing shades his whole set as well. I wish someone would inform him of how much of an idiot he looks like, I don’t care how much money you make or what drugs you did previous to stepping on stage…but you look like the mighty hand of a tool with those shades….
The levels during his set seemed off, and things just seem a bit unprepared. His hype man didn’t get out on the stage until more then halfway through the set, which is when Fabulous finally started to show some life. Once he finally woke up at this point, it began to feel like a show, and a seasoned performer on stage. I wasn’t overly impressed with Fabulous live, his hype man not a garbage man, his can only make up for so much. There was a few times that it seemed Fabulous, Dj Boof, and the live band didn’t all look to be on the same page.
When Fab0lous set ended I was accepting there to be quick stage change and Pusha to be coming back out.
Instead I found out that the doors had opened at 6, Pusha was late for his set and they just squeezed a quick opening set for him.
I left feeling excited that I caught Pusha, but a bit upset because I wanted more. I was a bit confused on the fact that Pusha being close to his home town on why he would go on first, the DMV is his area, where he came from….why would you hold him back, here on his home territory?
I’m not really sure I would have made it all the way through Fabulous’ set had I know Pusha wasn’t coming back out.
I think the idea for this tour was that Fab0lous pulls the ladies, and Pusha is the street man’s man. But I feel the talent level, quality between the two is not the same. You don’t send out Beyonce and then follow that up with Michelle.
Thanks for wasting you time reading. Believe. Hoodup