Just Wright Night with … Common

11 May

Saturday evening I had the opportunity to see one of my favorite hip-hop artists hold court for 2 full sets by himself!  He easily moved through his catalog or records without a hitch and had everyone rocking from start to finish. The high points included him picking up a 192 pound female and putting her on stage to perform “Come Close”, he interweaved hip-hop classics into his songs, and during the brief intermission his DJ & keyboard player put on shows of their own.  Queen Latifah did join him on stage for a track they did together for their upcoming movie “Just Wright” Soundtrack.  Lastly at the end of the his show he left the audience with an impromptu 5 minute freestyle.  He hit all the classics and the crowd loved it … “The Light”, “Go”, “The People”, “I Want You”.

This show only affirmed why he is one of the top 5 favorite hip-hop artists out right now.  I’ll be more than glad to have that deabte as well, so come prepared if you’re going to speak up. His lyricism and musicality put him a cut above 95% of the other “artists” currently out right now. If you missed this show, you missed a quality evening of real hip-hop. I would rank this as the 3rd best hip-hop show I’ve seen only behind Kanye West’s “Glow in the Dark” performance and Jay-Z’s 9/11 benefit concert.  Enough words from me … here are some moments I captured to share with you.

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