Sunday, February 28, 2010
When he doesn't answer, Jay Elect decides to show some archival footage of Diddy bitching him out via webcam as punishment for the ignored call. Up next on the call list are Lil Wayne (also a no-answer) and Jay's girlfriend, Erykah Badu. The call is supposed to be a surprise wake-up call, but the first thing Erykah says is "Baby, I see you on the webcam." Jay laughs and apologizes, "Baby I'm sorry but we drunk. Me and TJ, we drunk."
After that he attempts (and fails) to reach Drake, Q-Tip, and Busta Rhymes on the phone. "What time is it there? You know what though," he consoles his fans, "nobody answers their phones really. We'll call em back." Just Blaze actually answers, but Jay hangs up on him when he gets a call waitin from Busta Rhymes. "Yo Buss, you gotta problem: I'm drunk and I'm on UStream." After a pause, "hold on, hold on, hold on, don't hang up." The phone list continues: Joe Budden (who answers from the club), Curren$y (who answers and shoots the shit for a little while about Center Edge Territory - the Mos Def, Curren$y, Jay Electronica trio), Diddy again (he answers this time and says "Hey yo Jay...what kinda wallpaper you got back there? You in a damn hostel?" Jay laughs and says "I know you ain't talking about that with all those shiny ass suits you used to wear! How come Diddy is the only one in 2010 with a s-curl??"), Hexmurda (he didn't answer, but he sent a text back that just said "No.").
Though he might sound like any random college kid with a few beers and a phone at the moment, Jay Electronica proves himself to be one of the realest entertainers most of us will ever have the chance to encounter (or view via webcam). Amidst his calls to his celebrity friends, Jay also gives out his address and the location of his favorite regular lunch spot. "Come see me. We get the mac 'n cheese." He adds, however, to the minority of people typing negative comments on the chat, "I will be in every city, every slum, every suburb. If you wanna say something, tell me to my face or else shut the fuck up. Don't do this shit on UStream. Don't do this shit on Twitter. Be honest." After that, he returns to dedicating songs to different fans leaving comments online.
How many rappers attempt to threaten haters via the internet? Countless. How many do it and then invite them out to lunch to talk things over? None to my knowledge until now. While Jay probably isn't the newest "hip-hop savior" as many have deemed him, he is a breath of fresh air. He's more honest than fans might want or expect at times, but at least we know we can expect respect... and the occasional bout of drunken antics.
When he signs off for the night around midnight Central Time, he leaves his fans with one message: "Good talking with y'all. Make sure you treat every human being you come into contact with the same way you want to be treated yourself. Good night."
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FIRST, Big Sean recently collaborated with the UK's Mr. Hudson on this beauty of a track called "Way Out," produced by Kanye West. Check it out below.
SECOND, Wyclef, Keri Hilson, John Legend, Jill Scott, and The Roots took the stage alongside Carlos Santana at the 41st NAACP Image Awards. The track they collaboratively performed was called "Joy of the Lord." Huge lineup. Check it out below.
THIRD, an as-of-yet unreleased Kid Cudi track called "Know Why" recently surfaced.
Initially, people thought that the track might be a new one to be featured on his next release, Cudder. Unfortunately that is not the case. Instead, the track is one from back in 2008. Check it below.
FINALLY, A-Alikes and Mos Def got together on a track called "Sirens in the Distance."
While I'm still a bit peeved at Mos for blowing earlier this month in Chicago with DOOM (see HERE) and subsequently canceling his other dates on their mini-tour, he still brings it on the verse. Check it out in the player below.
Well that's all for today. Enjoy the week and keep posted here for the best of the newest.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Jay Electronica is all over the news and blogs today.
This is probably one of the most professional interviews I've seen of the man thus far. Usually its just him and some random dude with a mic walking around outside with way too much outside noise. That type of thing is cool, but it's nice to see him sit down and actually be able to discuss his music from time to time.
It's over an hour long and full of insights on the man and his music.
Props to NahRight...
From when Jay was in LDN last Thursday. As they so eloquently put it:Props to Red Bull Music Academy.
With more anticipation around his Act II track than the rest of hip hop’s class of ‘10 combined, and another project with fellow supa emcees Mos Def and Curren$y in the making, the future couldn’t look brighter for Jay.
He says that there is an Exhibit B on a hard drive somewhere. And that it’s not the Exhibit A (Remix) that Mos Def was featured on (and was defending.)
He has to be one of the most respectful and appreciative MCs out there right now, even though he exhibits a bit of "braggadocio" as he likes to put it. He respects his fans and those interested in his music.
''There's a misunderstanding with my fanbase,'' he said in an interview. ''People [at Warner] feel they know my fans more than I do. They want me to step out of my comfort zone and step into theirs. I don't have necessarily the celebrity success they want me to have but it's more social success and being able to speak at a college about world affairs.
That's a success, to me. 'I don't want to be Jay-Z and be worth $400 million and perform on every awards show. It's getting in touch with somebody who needs to improve their self-esteem. As opposed to driving a Bentley and putting some chains on.''
Yesterday we got the latest single from the Gorillaz upcoming album, Plastic Beach. Today, they offer up a full album sampler. I'm all on board with this project. Now that y'all got a taste of the full album, do you like the direction they're going in since their last release?
Via FWMJ's RIK...
From Rockstar Games:
Jay Electronica, who’s been blowing up airwaves this year here in New York and worldwide with his breakout Just Blaze-produced anthem, “Exhibit C” – was one of several artists who passed through the Beaterator Lounge a few months back to test out the beatmaking abilities of Beaterator for PSP.
Digging through our files, we came across this unreleased original beat he whipped up that day live on the spot in just a few minutes flat. Simple, bass-heavy and vocals-ready with a funky electronic cascade to it… check it out.
This seems to be one of those cases. Not sure what these clips are taken from, but it syncs up pretty nicely...
Also, check out Lupe's recent fan-video treatment for "I'm Beaming" HERE.
Just because it generated a lot of talk in regards to this subject, here's Mos' more recent video from The Ecstatic album, "Supermagic."
Still waiting on that Black Money project to drop. Until then, here's some new Black Spade aka Stoney Rock featuring J*Davey to hold us all over.
Stoney Rock brings a batch of Hip-Hop soul to your doorstep, teaming up with J*Davey for “New U.”
"St. Louis Doin the Damn Thing."
…People are clamoring for the street CD Act II and the official LP Act III, and Jay said he’s going to deliver both of those projects and more this year.
“It’s still Act II. Act III, the official album, which ‘Exhibit A’ and ‘Exhibit C’ are a part of [as well as] ‘Dear Moleskin,’ ” Jay said in Europe earlier this week. “Me and Mos [Def] have a project that we’re doing, me and Guilty Simpson have a project that we’re doing. I would like to do a project with Lupe — [Fiasco] we’re going to do a project at some point. Me and Nas have a project that we’re doing. I’m just trying. I’m in the process of working and connecting. I don’t really feel like a song or an album is the end-all, be-all to what we’re doing.“You can expect my album this year,” he added. “You can expect multiple projects this year. We’re going to do a lot this year.”
Talk has been circulating about the Mos Def and Lupe Fiasco collaborations. As far as I know, the Guilty Simpson one is new. Hopefully at least one of these comes to fruition sometime this year, if not multiple. We shall see.
The newest drop from the Gorillaz' upcoming project, Plastic Beach, hit the net today. Featured this time around are Gruff Rhys and past Gorillaz collaborators De La Soul.
Previous Plastic Beach updates/releases:
- Check out how singer 2D arrived on the island HERE.
- Check out the first remix of the first Plastic Beach single, "Stylo," HERE.
- Check out the sneak peak of the official "Stylo" music video HERE.
- Check out how animated bass player and band leader Murdoc Niccols first arrived on the beach HERE.
- Check out a full orchestral trailer for the album HERE.
- Check out British grime MC Kano discussing his part on the album HERE.
- And finally, check out the official tracklisting, cover art, album announcement, and first single, "Stylo," featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack ALL HERE.
That's everything so far.
Look for Plastic Beach to hit shelves in the US on March 9th.
Til then, keep checking here for updates.
PS: If you haven't browsed around Plastic Beach on the newly-updated Gorillaz official site over at Gorillaz.com, then I highly suggest you give it a shot. It's addicting man. The widget below will make sense to you once you explore the site a little.
Two amazing St. Louis MCs over a beat by one of the dopest producers period.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Look for this track to appear on Ski Beatz' upcoming 24 Hour Karate School mixtape.
"After a short break, we're back with the latest edition of Okayplayer TV. Who better to bring back OKPTV than one of our most favorite groups, Reflection Eternal. Live from the set of RE's upcoming video, "In This World," OKP chops it up with Kweli and Hi-Tek about The RE:Union, why they took so long to come out with a new album, gettin' props from Jay-Z (and turning it into a hook), and more. Look for the video "In This World" to drop next week. Reflection Eternal's new album, Revolutions Per Minute will be out April 6th."
GET YO BABY
GET YO BABY
Boy you need to kiss yo baby!
Don't you even miss yo baby?
Now you know that this yo baby!
This yo Baby
This yo Baby
Boy you need to Get yo baby
Get yo baby
Get yo baby
Is that yo check?
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I present, the hip-hop only version of "We Are the World."
Just click LISTEN to hear it.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
NY Mag just dropped an article that appears to confirm these speculations. Check it out below...
After a shaky, lip-synch heavy show in Chicago a few weeks back, the underground rapper DOOM is once again being accused of having sent an impostor to perform in his place. This is something DOOM can easily do because he’s never seen without his trademark silver mask, and has more or less been caught doing before. But the Chicago performance isn’t a clear-cut example. The promoters are convinced it was him, releasing a statement that says they “DO NOT have any proof that the person who performed was not Daniel Dumile, a.k.a. Doom. The show was legally contracted and paid for in full. The show was officially listed on Doom's website.” So, what's going on here?
One of the promoters, Harry Knuckles, explains further:
At no point did we have time to fingerprint him or draw blood for inspection. And IMO, seriously, the dood looked like him, like Zev Love X. yes it was pretty obvious that the guy was lip-syncing, but we can't say that it wasn't Dumile. If Dumile lip-syncs because he is too fat, alcoholic and out of breath to spit his own verse, I guess that's what it has come to now.
Comparing the YouTube videos available to what we saw from DOOM at the Pitchfork Festival, we agree with Knuckles that it was the real deal, just giving a lackluster performance. More interesting is the question of why people are so upset: More than any other rapper’s alter ego, DOOM — whose backstory borrows from the Marvel comics super-villain Doctor Doom — is explicitly a separate entity from Daniel Dumile. What’s the point of creating a character that wears a mask all the time if you can’t send out other people to play that character?
As Dumile has explained:
I'm doing the shows; the stage is my canvas; I'll put whatever up there for the visible eye … Look, was niggas rockin' or was niggas rockin'? See, I'm snapping niggas out of it.
And yet … this would be a good point, if everyone were indeed “rockin.’” If DOOM were able to cultivate a cadre of fakes to entertain the masses, that would be unprecedentedly dope — someone pushing hip-hop’s concept of the alter ego to its extreme point. At this point, however, neither the real nor fake DOOMs seem to be entertaining anybody. Meanwhile, DOOM gets to charge $39.50 a ticket thanks in part to people willing to pay in the hopes they’ll be the lucky ones to get the real DOOM. With that said, there’s no way we’re missing his show this Friday at the Nokia Theater.
LupeFiasco.com has the lowdown on Lupe's Steppin' Laser Tour US dates. No St. Louis date, unfortunately, but there are a couple close (KC and Peoria). A road trip may be in order.
Check the dates...
Friday 3/5 - Bridges Auditorium - Claremont, CA - (w/B.o.B)
Saturday 3/20 - Bob Hope Theatre - Stockton, CA
Wednesday 4/07 - House of Blues - Boston, MA - (w/B.o.B)
Friday 4/09 - House of Blues (Atlantic City) - Atlantic City, NJ - (w/B.o.B)
Saturday 4/10 - Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza - New York, NY - (w/B.o.B)
Tuesday 4/13 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC - (w/B.o.B)
Wednesday 4/14 - Royal Oak Theatre - Detroit, MI - (w/B.o.B)
Friday 4/16 - Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI - (w/B.o.B)
Saturday 4/17 - Lund Arena, Gustavus Adolphus College - St. Peter, MN
Sunday 4/18 - Midland Theatre - Kansas City, MO
Tuesday 4/20 - Peoria Civic Center Theatre - Peoria, IL - (w/B.o.B)
Thursday 4/22 - East Tenn. State University Center - Johnson City, TN
Friday 4/23 - UNC – Charlotte - Charlotte, NC - (w/B.o.B)
Saturday 4/24 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Worcester, MA
Monday 4/26 - House of Blues - Houston, TX - (w/B.o.B)
Tuesday 4/27 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX - (w/B.o.B)
Thursday 4/29 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO - (w/B.o.B)
Saturday 5/01 - House of Blues (Las Vegas) - Las Vegas, NV - (w/B.o.B)
Sunday 5/02 - House of Blues (Sunset) - Los Angeles, CA - (w/B.o.B)
Wednesday 5/05 - Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA - (w/B.o.B)
Friday 5/07 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA - (w/B.o.B)
Ever since the catastrophe that hit the island of Haiti, Kevin & I decided we wanted to do more than just send off a donation to one of the many organizations out there. Instead, we designed a Hat for Haiti where it combines our design aesthetic along with the colors of Haiti & the use of denim. This isn't just some 'promotional item' crap...where after you purchase it, you feel bamboozled. In fact, not only will it be a dope ass hat that you can rock anytime, but ALL...let me repeat...ALL the proceeds will go to Wyclef's organization Yele for your purchase. Now that you have a little background, here's what we want from YOU: Long story short...we presented our idea to a few local BIG investors, but they were on some other stuff. So we decided to go directly to the people & get an accumulation of pre-order sales to front the costs. We have a well-known hat company that is willing to give us a break on the cost to make the hats. We just need people that want to rock something fresh & can put in a pre-order for their hats. The 5-panel hats are only $30.
Here's a sample image, just to give you a taste of the basic design of the hat.
You don't want to pass this up. It's for a good cause, plus it promises to be a killer design. Work/Play always follows through. Check them out HERE for more information and to get a look of their other design.
If you know me personally, then you know I have a developing obsession with vinyl figures. Kid Robot's Dunny series got me hooked.
In what appears to be an effort to bridge the gap between that and my other obsession, collecting music and anything related, Kid Robot has announced their newest vinyl run: a three-piece set of De La Soul figures. The pack is set to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the trio's debut, 3 Feet High and Rising.
Look for it to drop March 18th.
Meth, Ghost, and Rae's collabo album, Wu Massacre, drops March 30. As a special treat and sneak preview, they've released Avenging Eagles. Enjoy.
2-Mef Vs. Chef (Exclusive)
4-House of Flying Daggers
8-Cuban Chronicles (Exclusive)
9-Where Your Heat At?
10-Four Minutes to Lock Down
11-All Flowers (Exclusive)
12-RUSH (Mathematics Mix)
13-Method Man PLO Freestyle (Exclusive Classic)
15-One (Mathematics Mix)
16-It’s Yours (Mathematics Mix)
22-The General (Exclusive)
27-Wu-Tangs 1st radio appearance (WBIA-SUPER EXCLUSIVE)
28-St. Ides Commercial (Exclusive)
29-Eye For A Eye
30-Right Back At You
33-Raekwon and Ghostface Live Radio Freestyle (Exclusive)
34-Iron God Chamber
35-It’s What It Is
36-Diz iz 4 All My Smokers
37-Black Cream (My Guitar)
38-Where It Started At
39-Fast Shadow feat. ODB (Exclusive)
43-Watch Your Mouth
44-Cash Still Rules-Scary Hours
45-Box In Hand
46-7th Chamber Part 2
47-Bonus-Ghostface Freestyle Live On The Radio (Exclusive)
48-Bonus-Newcomer feat. Eyes-Low
Until then, just watch it for free all you want.
Not sure why you'd buy it at all really.
Monday, February 22, 2010
In the latest D2S interview by Haylow, Jay Electronica gives a brief Exhibit C history AND addresses all the emcees that have used the Just Blaze instrumental, discusses high praise given by veteran emcees, the inspiration behind the upcoming Exhibit A, and more.
This beat was debuted on the Waitin for the DJ radio show back in November. Glad to see it get the lyrical treatment. Props.
Catch QB of Family Affair on the forthcoming Waitin for the DJ mixtape.
The audio is a little shitty, but you can still sort of make it out enough to tell it's going to be dope.
No word yet on a release date for LASERS, but according to Lupe, his end of the deal is finished. He's turned the album in to Atlantic Records and everything else is up to them.
Look for it soon.
Check out episodes one and two below.
The album drops March 23 (pretty soon considering the other one dropped so recently). In addition to the album, packaging will include a mini DVD of Snoop's movie "Malice N Wonderland." We'll see how that turns out.
Check out "That Tree" by Snoop Dogg feat. Kid Cudi below.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Props to IRepStL on this one.
"Buck Stops" is the first track to be dropped from The Dark Skin Saviors project, which features St. Louis underground legends Tef Poe, Corey Black, and Rome. Featured on this track is another local and internet favorite, Rockwell Knuckles.
Check out "Buck Stops" HERE.
Download and enjoy.
Friday, February 19, 2010
As Murdoc recently revealed, 2-D was chloroformed and taken off to the Plastic Beach in order to record his rather important contributions to the new Gorillaz album, and now thanks to our friends at The Fader (click here for full post) you can see how it all went down:
After that, check out the Jay Electronica interview with MTV's Mixtape Daily. He talks Act II, as well as Act III, which will be released as a full album including "Exhibit A," "Exhibit C," and "Dear Moleskine."
Thursday, February 18, 2010
He starts off strong with "Dear Moleskine" (which has to be the most popular song ever without a proper release - I'm expecting it to drop on Act II, whenever the fuck that comes out). As always, he waves the instrumental off, choosing instead to preach acapella. He follows with a tribute to Dilla and Baatin and drops immediately into "Abracadabra." After that, "Dimethyltryptamine" and "Exhibit A."
See for yourself.
Mos Def, Jay Electronica, Jim Jones, Tabi Bonney, The Cool Kids, Stalley, Ras Kass, Curren$y, Terri Walker, Rugz D. Bewler, Wiz Khalifa.
This thing is gonna be huge.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Chicago MC Rhymefest has just released the cover art work for his next project, El Che. Depicted on the cover are H. G. Wells' "Invisible Man" and Frederick Douglass' "My Bondage and My Freedom" alongside a Che Guevara-style military cap, some sort of automatic weapon, a single bullet, and a glass of booze. I like it.
Here's to sleepless nights.
With so many members of the Wu-Tang Clan continually putting out music, it's like they're constantly on the go.
Here's a shot of the cover art from the latest Wu project, featuring the trio Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, and Method Man. If nothing else, at least the album will look dope. I'm digging the comic book style.
Listening Post for the Labrinth SNES Remix of Stylo ft. Tinie Tempah!
New album Plastic Beach, out March 8th (US March 9th).
Pre-order the album via iTunes and receive Stylo straight away http://itunes.com/gorillaz
Click here to pre-order from other retailers: http://links.emi.com/plasticbeachhq
For more information on Gorillaz don't forget to keep checking the official website at http://www.gorillaz.com
Now, with the Cool Kids being featured on various Creative Control projects (including Ski Beatz' 24 Hour Karate School Mixtape HERE and a series of videos HERE), it looks as if they too may be featured on the next BlakRoc album.
In the following video, The Cool Kids can be seen working on a track that Chuck produced alongside Dame Dash, Sean Price, Thirstin Howl III and the Black Keys that could very well be the first preview of the next album.
@JayElectronica visited @RosenbergRadio and Cipha Sounds on Hot 97 for the first time. One of the questions posed to Jay Man was regarding the opening lines of his verse on Exhibit C. “When New York niggas was callin’ Southern rappers lame but then jackin our slang”, listen to his explanation.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
"Accordian" (Originally by Madvillain)
IN CELEBRATION OF THE LAUNCH OF OUR NEW COMPANY WE PRESENT OUR FIRST MUSIC VIDEO FOR BLU & MAINFRAME’S “DISCO D.Y.N.A.M.I.T.E.” DIRECTED BY A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. - N.W.C.This video is siiiiick.
Blu is one of the most underrated MCs out at the moment.
Also - up until the release of this video Blu and Mainframe (aka Johnson&Jonson) were dropping one track every hour to celebrate the launch of their new company, NewWorldColor. Catch the tracks below.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Hopefully this drops sometime very soon. The tracklisting looks amazing and Ski has so far always brought us good things from the lab.
Still, after getting stiffed by Mos Def and DOOM in Chicago the other night, I'm quickly growing tired of artists not coming through on time. After so much time claiming that the tape would drop on Feb. 15th, it seems like an incredibly lame move to wait until that date to update fans on the fact that it won't actually come out til March 20th. This is especially whack given the fact that Ski is attempting to sell the tape rather than give it away like most mixtapes.
Go to the OFFICIAL WEBSITE HERE and click "Music" if you want to sign up for updates and download the mixtape snippets.
Props to Felipe for checking the review I posted on the Mos DOOM show in Chicago on Saturday (see HERE if you missed it) and re-posting it on BeatsandBombs.com.
Check out the drop on BEATSANDBOMBS here.
Great site for sure. Definitely worth following. I've just subscribed to the RSS feed myself.
Indy music news up.
Check out the trailer for the video below. Can't wait til these start dropping. Look for the album March 9th in the US (March 8th in the UK).
As scheduled, the doors were to open at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm. By 8:30 we were in the middle of a three-block-long line stretching around the corner with nobody being let inside. When people were finally allowed in, nobody was yet onstage. Finally, as the large crowd began to gather around the stage, a DJ warmup act was sent out...then after his set, another DJ...and then another.
After an extended silence, a fourth DJ took the stage, followed by the second opener, Chicago MC Qwel. Despite audio problems, Qwel managed to keep the crowd entertained with rapid-paced acapella verses. He would be the only person to take the stage that night not to get booed off.
Once another DJ took the stage, the crowd had had enough. As more bottles flew onstage with water flying everywhere, the third act took the stage - California-based video DJ Mike Relm.
His blend of video and audio mixing had the crowd entertained for a while, but in a sold-out 4000 guest capacity venue jam-packed to the point of near heat exhaustion, it is difficult to entertain for long. At various points throughout his set, an offstage figure would appear and send messages to Relm. At first, the crowd assumed that he was being told to wrap it up since the show had started so late to begin with. After his set neared two hours, the crowd quickly realized that the complete opposite was taking place - he was being urged to play longer since something wasn't right backstage. Once he stopped mixing videos and began simply playing them all the way through to save time, the crowd once again grew agitated and booed him offstage. Before he left he pleaded to the crowd, "All right, I've just got one more left," to which the overwhelming response was "No! We want Mos and DOOM now!!"
When yet another DJ was sent onstage, the crowd offered no quarter. "We want Mos! We want DOOM!" was repeatedly chanted. One guest started flinging CDs onstage, nearly damaging the backdrop. Unable to handle the stress of the evening, the local DJ made the mistake of telling the crowd "Okay, I'm with you, I'm with you. Look, Mos Def isn't here right now, but..." Before he could finish his sentence the crowd went nuts. Offstage people urged him to keep performing.
After another extended bout of silence, one of Mos Def's DJs took the stage. Typically, Mos travels with two. It had appeared that tonight was supposed to be no different since two DJ booths had been set up all night, waiting for their arrival. Tonight, however, his brother and second DJ, Gold Medal Man, was missing in action. After a few minutes of setting up, the DJ started a track. Amidst the flurry of his setup, various people from backstage rushed onto the stage and started feeding CDs into a player hidden behind the DJ booth and then disappeared offstage once more. When Mos still didn't take the stage, many in the crowd started screaming. "Don't even bother!" and "Refund" were chanted throughout the venue.
The shouts were silenced, however, when Mos began speaking from offstage. "Peace. Power. Understanding. Respect." he repeated from offstage. "Peace. Power. Understanding. Respect." Was this introduction planned, or was it created impromptu in an attempt to calm the crowd and garner forgiveness for his tardiness? It became clear very soon that it was most likely the latter.
The first couple songs went off without a hitch. It seemed though that a few tracks was as far as he had gotten in preparing a set list. Between every track, he paused to talk to his DJ before deciding what to play next. At one point, he stopped and stared at the restless crowd for a bit before stating unapologetically "All right, all right, calm down. We're all here now, so just calm down. Jesus Christ." After some fans shouted out "Where's DOOM?" he paused and asked "Who said that? Who asked where DOOM is?" After scanning the crowd he finished, "He's here. Just have faith. He's here. You guys have no faith."
The highlight of his performance came when he debuted a brand new song for the crowd. You can see him below reciting the new verse acapella before going into it with a beat. You can also see him attempting to move all the bottles and cans offstage while still chanting "Peace. Power. Understanding. Respect."
After 20 minutes, Mos put the mask back on and performed the first verse from Madvillain's "All Caps." Halfway through, Mos paused and DOOM jumped out from backstage, finishing the line. As DOOM entered, Mos quickly exited, virtually running offstage. The last thing he said to the crowd was "See, I told you." before he disappeared for the evening. He was only onstage for 20 minutes.
When DOOM took the stage the crowd cheered, but after all the other disappointments from the evening, they were skeptical. He seemed to be performing all the rhymes on beat, but he wasn't saying anything between songs at all. Instead, his hype-man did all the talking, "Glad to be here Chicago. Give it up for DOOM!" This, plus the fact that DOOM brought his own over-sized security guards onstage to block the front was a bit fishy. Finally, DOOM said something. As he turned his back and started to walk behind the DJ booth, he could be heard saying "Alright, let's get into that Madvillain shit." The problem, however, was that the DOOM onstage didn't have the mic anywhere near his face when he was supposed to have made the comment.
When DOOM exited, his DJ waited onstage. It seemed as if the villain was planning on giving an encore, but the crowd was too furious at this point. When so many bottles and crushed beer cans flew onstage that the DJ was nearly hit in the face, he looked offstage and called it off. The house lights came on and the crowd began chanting "Refund! Refund! Bullshit! Bullshit!" as they exited.
You can see below that DOOM seemed way too on-point with his lyrics to have been the actual MC onstage. This would explain the CDs being fed into a player before the show. It's possible that he just got better than he was in all the live videos I've seen of him, but it's doubtful. Also, look at how massive and pissed off the crowd is at the end.
When the opening act (Mike Relm) is onstage for an hour longer than both headliners combined, you know something is up. That, plus the fact that the headliners arrived at the venue 5 1/2 hours after the doors were supposed to open, plus the fact that neither artist attempted to explain their lateness or offer up an kind of apology, plus the fact that it seemed like a fake DOOM onstage, plus the fact that Mos was horribly unorganized and didn't even know what track to play next, plus the fact that Gold Medal Man was absent, made for a thoroughly disappointing show.
Hopefully fans in Toronto and New York won't get such a shitty deal when the mini-tour comes through their cities later this month.
(Photos from TimeOutChicago.)