Friday, May 9th
Just, Ko and I got to Radio City Hall around 8:30pm. Unfortunately we missed most of The Roots from being there late but apparently they didn’t do any of their new stuff off the Rising Down album. I was quite bummed for I had been listening to the album all day hoping to see them do it live.
It was my first time watching Erykah perform eventhough she has been one of my favorite artists of all times. I was extremely excited when she did most of her new titles along with quite a few old classics. She brought on a number of props including two medicine balls for one of her songs and it was cute to see her get creative in expressing herself. At one point during the show, she jumped into the audience and had some of the members sing a part of “On and On”… it defined why she is the artist and we’re not. Towards the end, a gentleman from Connecticut proposed to his girlfriend on stage. She happily accepted of course but I thought it was a bit cheesy. It depends on how you look at it I suppose. The only drawback was the venue for the concert. Most hip-hop shows I have been to are held in a smaller venue so the experience was a bit different at Radio City. The place holds about 7,000 people so you can imagine how big the space is. I thought the stage was a bit detached from the audience but perhaps it was just me.
After the show, we hit up Sutra Lounge for the after-party. It was packed but not to the point where you simply cannot enjoy yourself. Upstairs was ?uestlove and downstairs had DJ Spinna. Both of them played some really great music and a few members of the Roots were there along with Mos Def chilling with his gf in the crowd. Only in New York… gotta love it.