I don’t know the name of the first act of the night. I’ve tried finding out who it was, yet the name seems to want to be elusive.
I can’t deny that they were okay. There wasn’t much to say about their beats and they were a little too close to being the Beastie Boys, but they were okay. Their flow was good and they were as lively as they felt they needed to be.
Next up was Lateef the Truthspeaker. He put in a good performance and, whilst he didn’t seem to be giving as much as he could have, still was satisfying to see. There was a point where he almost seemed to dip into a best of mega-mix, but otherwise he did well.
Of course Blackalicious would come onto stage next and launch into a solid set of old and new whilst being supported by Lateef and Jumbo. Chief Xcel’s beats were as solid as they’ve always been and when Gift of Gab hit his stride, every syllable that left his mouth were as smooth and effortless as they’ve always sounded coming from him.
The crowd, whilst surprisingly small, were highly enthusiastic about what they saw which fed right back into Blackalicious’ performance. They were having as much fun as the crowd and the overall vibe was a pleasant and happy one.
It was a shame to see Gift of Gab have to take as many breaks as he did, but despite having to still deal with the fallout of kidney failure, pushed on as much as he could and put in a better effort than most people would deem necessary.
Unfortunately the first ten minutes of the set were a bit weaker than the rest of the set, and Lateef and Jumbo had to take over on a few songs, but considering that Blackalicious didn’t have to be there, it was good to see that they care about their fan base. That’s a lot more than can be said about some touring artists.