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Concert Review: Wale @ House Of Blues Dallas/Simply Nothing Tour

This show might as well had been the “Opening Acts Tour” instead of the Simply Nothing Wale tour. He literally had six opening acts before he came on stage, three in particular I really enjoyed.  The first two people that came on I couldn’t even tell you what their name was and it was hard finding some people after the show to gather information. Here’s some advice for any new artist or unsigned artist that’s out there tryna get it and promote themselves….Have some freakin flyers or promotion cards to pass out after the show with all of your information! Geez! That’s one thing I appreciated so much about the artist Alsace Carcione that opened up for Luke James. She had everything ready right there on the cards after the show. I know some of these guys are already on a label but it would help so much for people like me who want to put more word out.

Chaz French

The doors open at 7:00 and people were already lined up outside HOB at 6:30, I got there right at 7:00. It wasn’t long before they brought us inside. Once I got inside I linked up with my girl Kescia and we had a pretty good view of the stage. The first act came on stage a little after 8:00 and like I said I couldn’t tell you what their name was or the person after him. The first group wasn’t all that great and the second guy did ok. The crowd didn’t seem to be feeling it much either, at least from where I was standing. And really apparently throughout the night the other side was a little more hype than the side I was on period. Anyway next up was rapper Chaz French and this guy grabbed my attention. Coming from the D.C. area he’s bringing rawness back to hip hop and I love it! He did say that he lived in Texas for a while so there is some influence there as well. This guy had so much energy I mean WOW. I kept thinkin damn did he drink like 5 energy drinks before hitting the stage lol. He woke the crowd up and had everyone bouncing, he did good. Not only are his songs catchy but I listened to his music on sound cloud and he’s actually talking about somethin. His really dope EP titled “Happily Belated” is out and I’ll provide the link below.

Next up was Good Luck Bonez and Good Luck Fortune who are a part of Good Luck Forever record label, which if I’m not mistaken is run by rapper Bizzy Crook. These two guys did their thing and they kept the crowd going even though some people seemed to be growing impatient waiting on Wale to hit the stage. Out of the two I liked Good Luck Bonez style more but I’m looking forward to following them both and watching their growth. I like their music but I need more info on where to find it. I briefly spoke to them after the show and they were very nice and approachable. I hope to see more of them and I would like to see them again next time they’re in town.

Bizzy Crook

Ok so next was Bizzy Crook, who I later found out after some research, has a lot of buzz around the internet. And although he dressed fly, was cute, was confident, and seemed to be a little more known than the others, by now I think everybody was like damn another artist??? I think it was around that point that I had come up out my shoes and a couple people were walking off and going upstairs I think to find a seat. He didn’t grab the people’s attention like that but I can’t say it’s his entire fault. I think by that point people were a little bit antsy. You can actually hear people talking around me in the videos. But like I said I listened to his music online and his lyrics are dope but I will say that a lot of his songs sound alike. Don’t get me wrong, I like them… but they kinda sound alike.

audio-push

Moving on to my faaavorite duo of the night… AUDIO PUSH! These guys showed up and showed out. They got the crowd excited again. Their delivery, style of flow, and overall stage presence was on point! I enjoyed their set very much. They gave so much energy and I could see that these young guys were hungry and they ain’t playin no games. They repped Cali and came to handle their biz and show and prove. I got the chance to talk with Price from the group, he’s such a cutie pie btw, and he was very sweet and humble. When he said to me “Hey how you doin, I like your hair” all I could think of was boooy listen this big girl will turn you out don’t do it lol. But I kept it cute and put my thoughts on mute and kept my cool. While him, Kescia and I shared a couple laughs Oktane was chatting it up with some fans/possible groupies lol. But these guys were really cool and I’m excited to watch their journey as well. After their performance DJ Kayotik kept asking the audience were they ready for Wale then he turned around and brought one more artist out by the name of Lil Durk. To be honest my phone started getting low and all I could think of is will I have enough juice for Wale so unfortunately I didn’t record anything from Lil Durks performance. But I’m sure its somewhere floating around Instagram. It was an ok performance to me. It seemed very last minute like “hey let’s throw you out here to stall time” to me.

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Wale finally graced the stage around 10:30 and he had a few words for the fans who were tweeting him about taking too long to come out lol. It was kinda funny. He performed about 10 or 11 songs which included “Chain Music” and “The Deep End”. He performed very well and as he said he gives it his all. I was a little afraid that when he asked the lights to be turned down that my pics and videos would be crap but they actually came out okay. He interacted a lot with the crowd and showed mad love to his fans. At one point in the show he even went up on the balcony level and showed love to them too. But why did he keep pretending like he was gonna throw something out in the crowd but didn’t lol. He play too much. I have always liked Wale’s style but it caught me off guard to see him doing his little slow wind on the stage. Well alright, Okay then Mr. Wale! LOL After he performed “Lotus Flower Bomb” I couldn’t take it anymore my feet were killing me and I was tired of standing there. I put my shoes back on and and told Kescia I’ll be sitting down in the lobby area and I’ll see her later lol. Well he did two more songs after I left which was “Clappers” and his verse on Waka Flocka’s “No Hands”.

Overall aside from the unexpected amount of opening acts, it was a really great show and I’m glad that I was introduced to their music. The ticket was only about $30 and it was well worth it. I looked at the reviews on ticketmaster after the show and a lot of people were complaining about the opening acts so hopefully someone in another city will read this and already be prepared. Ladies unless you’re short stop wearin heels knowin damn well you can’t stand that long in them lol. Anywho peep the rest of the pics, links, and videos below…

 

Sidenote: Now y’all know I can’t leave without a sidenote lol. Sooo I just want to get into the nastiness that occurred at the show. Call me stuck up or bourgeoisie for sayin this but hell it was nasty to me. So one of the opening acts, I can’t remember which one, decided to share a bottle with the audience. AFTER he drank out of it. I was lookin at the people in the audience like really? REALLY??? Y’all some nasty thirsty ass people lol. Y’all don’t know where his mouth been. He coulda just got through eatin ass before the show or something who knows lol. Then when Wale went up to the balcony he sparked one up and they were passing it around too. I can’t…I just can’t. LOL

 

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Links:

http://www.walemusic.com

http://audiopush.com

http://chazfrenchhh.com

http://goodluckforever.com

https://twitter.com/lildurk_

http://www.ticketmaster.com/Wale-tickets/artist/1305959

Beyonce & JayZ On The Run Tour/AT&T Stadium

First off I have to say I will be forever grateful for my brother getting me a ticket and giving me the opportunity to experience Beyonce and JayZ live in concert. Everybody close to me knows how much I’m a huge Beyonce fan. I mean I don’t have posters of her on my walls, her t-shirts, key chains and stuff like that with her name on it LOL. But I’m pretty damn close to being that type of fan. So much that I actually get upset when people say they don’t like her and they are automatically a hater in my book. Cause I mean what’s not to love about Bey. And likewise I have been a fan of JayZ since…well I won’t say since the beginning, more like since The Hard Knock Life days. I think most people were annoyed with all of my Beyonce and Jayz video post that I made on my Facebook page the day before LOL. I was too turnt. Anywho this review is going to be different from the other ones because I’m not going to go from start to finish.
 
I’m going to start off with the good things first. The concert was supposed to start at 8:00 pm but my brothers fiancé and I didn’t get to our seats until around 8:30, so it was a good thing that they weren’t on time. (we expected that anyway) The concert started at 9:00 AND THE PLACE WAS PACKED! Whoever said they weren’t selling tickets, well I don’t know where they got that info. There was no opening act. Les Twins showed up and showed out as expected. Those guys are definitely two of the most talented dancers I’ve ever seen. If you don’t know them Google them, they used to dance for Michael Jackson. Of course her other dancers and musicians did an awesome job as well. Bey (my cousin in my head) looked FAB in her outfits and even hit us with some popular new dances like the Nae Nae. Half of the songs she did were songs off of her latest self-titled album, and the other half were songs from previous albums. She sang “Pretty Hurts”, “Bow Down/Flawless”,  “Single Ladies”, and one of my favorites “Resentment” just to name a few. Every time she sings Resentment I tear up. I FEEL YOU GIRL! JayZ moved across the stage like the cool and smooth dude that he is performing “FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt” and “Tom Ford” off of his latest album Magna Carta…Holy Grail. He also performed the oldies but goodies “Dirt Off Your Shoulders” and “Big Pimpin” where he paid tribute to late great rapper Pimp C by rapping his verse. They basically took turns performing and there was no intermission. I thought it was cute that they played on the rumors of them splitting but ended it by basically saying at the end of the day Love is what’s most important. Beyonce also performed a cover of Lauryn Hill’s song “Ex-Factor” and I thought it was great. Let’s see what else was good… ah the lighting and special effects, the good company I was in, and my margarita drink. This was my brothers fiancé and I first time spending a significant amount of time together alone and I feel like we bonded a little. The other good thing I will say is when it came to parking, we parked down the street from the stadium for $20. It didn’t take us that long to get back to the car, even though it seemed like it did cause we were tired, but we got out of the traffic a lot sooner than the people that were parked in the stadium parking lot.
Beyonce-Jay-Z-Run-Video
Now on to the bad things… *sigh*… I’m gonna choose my words carefully because the last thing I want to do is sound ungrateful. Whenever someone does something for you, especially from the heart, the last thing you wanna do is say something bad about it. But I have to be honest to my readers. The view from our seats wasn’t good. I was in section 445, row 4, and seat 10. I will post pics below so you can get an idea of where I was. I would not have minded the location of the seats if they had showed the concert on the jumbotron which was the big screen that was directly in front of us. But unfortunately they didn’t. It came on at the beginning of the concert to show a clip of the On The Run film and then didn’t come back on until later throughout the show. At first we were thinking maybe there was some malfunction but we soon realized the only time they were going to turn it on was to show clips of the film. I was highly annoyed and disappointed by this because even though there was a screen down below next to the stage I had to lean a little onto my neighbor to get a decent picture and better view. Also at the beginning of the show there was no sound in our section. We could hear sound in the distance from other areas but not ours. At some point I noticed a guy who looked like he worked for the stadium come by and about 20 minutes later the sound was on and we could hear. Even though now we could hear, there still remained a bad echo throughout the entire performance. Had I not known the beats and every Beyonce song I would not have known what song was playing because I couldn’t understand what she was saying half of the time.  As for JayZ we seemed to be able to hear him a little better but because I couldn’t understand what he was saying some of the time either, there were I think 3 songs he did that I have no idea what they were. My phone was no help either. I got a new one with a better camera and every time I tried to zoom in it got even fuzzier. Then when I tried to take pics of the screen below the light was too bright and it wasn’t showing the image correctly on my phone. A lot of the pics and videos I took I ended up deleting. Beyonce sang a song called “Haunted” and even though I like the song I feel like she should’ve chose a different song to sing than that one. Not because she sounded bad but I just felt like she had plenty of other upbeat songs she could’ve chosen from. So for future reference, anybody that is considering buying the nose bleeds seats, I would say to be sure you are in clear view of the screen below and to make sure you bring a good camera because they may not turn on the jumbotron. The only performance that they showed on the jumbotron was the very last performance of them singing and rapping “On The Run” and also showing videos of precious little Blue Ivy. Although the visuals and special effects were awesome a lot of smoke came up from the sides of the stage, and if your view is from the sides of the stage your view is blocked from seeing them on stage sometimes. The show ended I believe a little before 12 am.
Beyonce & JayZ On The Run Tour/AT&T Stadium
At the end of the day I feel blessed to have had the experience and to say I’ve been to a JayZ and Beyonce concert…for free at that. Even with all the negative things and the disappointment I still had a good time and from what I did catch on the screen below they put on a good show. Please like and share the review because I would really love to know what other peoples experience was.
 
Sidenote: Why were a lot of women wearing heels and skin tight freakum dresses? Looking like a fool wobbling back to their car smh. There was one particular lady that stood up the whoooole entire time dancing and we kept laughing at her but at the same time was worried she would fall over the balcony. She was turned up for real. I don’t know if she was drunk or just a huge Beyonce fan, nonetheless her boyfriend was completely unbothered by her and the show.

Peep the pics and the videos below (some including videos from other shows)…..

Videos I recorded…

The best zoomed in pic I have of Bey

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