The grown and sexy was in the building at Medusa this past Thursday for Lyfe Jennings show. There were definitely a lot of lovers there too, I’m assuming because it was two days before Valentine’s Day. I called myself wanting to get inside early so I could get a seat because I really wasn’t in a turn up type of mood, but I unfortunately got hung up in the parking lot across from the club. Usually there is a parking attendant there and you just hand your money to them and they give you a ticket. Well I guess the city or whoever owns that parking lot decided they didn’t wanna pay people to stand out there anymore and replaced them with an electronic parking meter. It was cold as hell, the birds above me freaked me out a little (I was afraid I’d get pooped on), and people were taking forever in this long ass line. I finally made it inside around 9:15 and all the seats where taken. I heard DJ Phil on the one’s and two’s so I decided to make my way up to the DJ Booth to say hi. After speaking I headed back downstairs and copped me a seat and crowd watched. Once again nobody wanted to get out on the dance floor so they all just stood around it and danced where they were standing. It literally was only two couples who didn’t give a damn, they went ahead and stepped to the music on the dance floor. After some time DJ Phil said something like “alright y’all ready for Lyfe Jennings to hit the stage” and literally everybody started rushing to the stage. I looked at the time and I knew it was too early but I followed suit because I wanted a good spot.
KJ Midday from 105.7 came out to introduce Lyfe and promote the stations cash giveaway and after she stepped off the stage a guy in the audience decided he was gonna start singing one of Lyfe’s songs super loud. The crowd joined in and next thing you know seemed like all of Medusa was singing along. Lyfe jumped on the mic and said “sound like y’all done started without me” and then made his way on the stage around 10:30. He started out with his song “My Life” and sang about 8 songs along with a few snippets. Of course he closed the show with his hit “Must Be Nice”. Lyfe is known for his realness and his lyrics being relate-able and he kept it real and let us know he did not have a specific format/order to how he was gonna perform.Throughout the show he struggled with the mic and we kept getting that high pitched feedback through the speakers. At first he was too low and he kept asking them to turn him up, seemed like he asked about 5 times. Then it seemed too loud at one point. Nevertheless he sounded great and so did his background singers. During the song “S.E.X.” he took a backseat and let his background singer Ms. Netta have the spotlight for a moment and she did her thing.
All in all it was a good show even with the technical difficulties. I wish he would’ve sang all of “Hypothetically” but it’s all good. The only other thing I didn’t like was I was standing next to a girl who decided she was gonna sing loud in my ear. Girl I came to hear Lyfe not you. Honestly because of the technical difficulties he asked the crowd to sing along and seemed like the whole crowd did. Tickets were about $30 and it was pretty packed but not so packed that it was uncomfortable. The show ended around 11:30. Check out the links, pics, and videos below and don’t forget to like, share and comment…
Sidenote: Sooo after the show they said Lyfe would be taking pics with fans in the VIP section so I moseyed on over there and made sure I was RIGHT on the rope. I figured a pic with him would be good for the blog. When I tell y’all those girls pushed and shoved and acted like wild animals, I just couldn’t take it anymore. Especially since there seemed to be a certain “type” he was choosing to take pics with once he got there. No shade but you would have thought it was Trey Songz or Chris Brown the way those women were actin. I was like bump this I’m goin home, it ain’t that deep to me.
Weird. Weird. Weird….
Ok so I got inside the club around 9:30, met up with my homegirl, grabbed a drink and then moved close to the dance floor. Tell me why everyone was standing around the dance floor but no one would go out there and dance. I mean it was this big ass circle around the dance floor and people were just two stepping where they were standing. My homegirl was like “what is this high school prom?” It was a hot mess. The DJ was really trying to throw out songs that make people get on the dance floor but these people wouldn’t budge. Next thing I know it was 10:00 which was when I was told the show would start and I saw people setting things up on the stage, so I told my homegirl “man let’s just go on out there and get our spot”. SOOOOON as we got on the dance floor everybody came flooding in like a stampede. We just looked at each other like REALLY…REALLY?
Jagged Edge came on stage around 10:30 and I couldn’t even tell you what song they started out with. I don’t know. I have no clue. I will say they looked great, and besides a few muffled moments here and there, they sounded great too. A lot of times when you see artist now who came out back in the 90’s they look all out of shape and sometimes it’s a drastic difference in the way they look now compared to back then. But these guys looked good. Although I’m not into beards so I wasn’t feeling that beard Kyle was rockin. Anywho the fellas are promoting their new album J.E. Heartbreak II with the first single called “Hope” which they did sing at the concert. It took me listening to it a second time to like it and appreciate it. The first J.E. Heartbreak was/is the shiznit so I’m sure this one will be too. It will be available October 27th and I will be downloading because I’ve already heard snippets on their Facebook page and I liiike. Other songs they did at the concert was “Wednesday Lover”, “Promise”, “Let’s Get Married”, “He Can’t Love You”, and “Nice and Slow” by Usher which the twins co-wrote (Who knew that? lol). They ended the show with “Where The Party At” sometime around 11:00. During the show I wound up moving further away from the stage because being right on the stage made it hard for me to get all of them in the video. So I let two women get in front of me. If I would rate the show from 1-10 I would give it a 7. Here’s why…
During the show one of the twins was constantly looking at his phone majority of the time. I can’t tell you which one it was, I can only describe him as the thicker/heavier twin. I noticed as soon as he came on the stage he had the mic in one hand and his phone in the other. I was thinking maybe he was going to take a pic or video of the crowd but that wasn’t it. He kept looking at it all throughout the show and all I could think was is something wrong. I’m sure not many people noticed it, but for someone like me who blogs about concerts it’s my job to pay attention to detail. So because I noticed it, it was hard for me to really turn up like everyone else and really focus on just the performance. Then there was a moment where he stood back by the DJ while the others sang up closer to the audience. Even the DJ was looking at him like bro you alright? Then they had like this intermission where the DJ engaged with the crowd (a part of the show that I could’ve went without) but this same twin left off the stage while the other three remained. Once the intermission was over they kinda stalled before singing the next song until he came back on the stage. I honestly don’t know what to make of all this. Maybe he was waiting on a phone call IDK. It’s very clear to see in the videos (excuse the base I’m still working on that) exactly what I’m talking about. Theeen a couple times I felt like when it came to the ad libs they were singing over each other. It was a lot of “wooo yeah” Jodeci style that I didn’t care for either. Kyle seemed to be into the choreography more than anyone lol. In one of my videos you can see one of the twins stumble on another person but hey the stage is small so I don’t count that.
*sigh* IDK… for a $30 ticket I ain’t trippin. Would I go see them again, maybe. If I do I won’t be focused on trying to record so maybe it will be better. Peep the links and videos below. The first two videos will show you what I’m talkin about. Don’t forget to like and share 🙂
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This particular show I ain’t gonna lie, I was not in the mood to go to. I had been doing homework and writing papers and just wanted to chill at the house. But I don’t like wasting money, not even a lil bit so I put my big girl panties on and dragged myself to the show. I was thinkin if I didn’t go I’d be kicking myself for it later on. The tickets were $25 which was not much but still. I didn’t make it a point to rush to get there after my experience at the Jon b show with him not showin up until 12. I met my homegirl in the parking lot and we headed on into the venue around 10:30. Medusa is a club that has changed names and owners to my knowledge at least 3 times. It used to have a younger crowd full of teens and 20 year olds. The last time I was there when it was another name I had a not so pleasant experience so I did frown a little when I learned Donell Jones was performing here.
Once we got into the club….UGH! Okay this place really needs to get a better system going and figure out a better way to handle checking tickets. We stood there for about 15 minutes along with several other people frustrated as hell at how slow and seemingly unorganized they were. Next thing we know while we’re still standing there waiting on these people to get it together, we here “WELCOME TO THE STAGE DONELL JONES!!!” I gave my homegirl the look like are you serious??? Lesson learned you never know when an artist is gonna be early or late. They finally let us in while he was still singing his first song. The crowd was full of grown folks. Some were VERY GROWN and obviously on that brown liquor lol. The interior of the club hadn’t changed much mainly just the audience. The style of the club was more grown and sexy but the setup was the same basically. I got me a drink and we headed closer to the crowd in front of the stage.
Donell Jones was giving so much sexy and swag (even though I hate to use that word) and gave really good stage presence. The black suit, hat, and dimples just did it for me. WHEW! MM MM MM! He looked very in shape, like he lost weight since the last time I saw him. The first two songs I didn’t recognize and it was hard to even hear what he was saying because the music was so loud. It was also hard not to notice the very young looking DJ behind him on stage. My friend and I assumed it may have been his son. The rest of songs I could hear him well and he sounded just as good as he does on the record. He hit the high notes good and even though he worked the stage very well he didn’t seem out of breath. At one point I looked around and realized we were surrounded by couples slow dancing with each other. I felt some type of way but had to shake it off. His DJ seemed a little inexperience, which I’m not surprised because of how young he looked but he did ok. There was this one awkward moment where I’m not sure if he messed up or if Donell Jones just decided on his own to play another song. During one song some lady threw her panties on the stage and he was like I’m not sure if my wife will like this but don’t tell her I took them lol. He sang a total of about 11 or 12 songs including “You Know That I Love You”, “Love Like This”, “Where I Wanna Be”, and ended with a snippet of “You Know” off his latest 2013 album titled Forever. He also sang “U Know What’s Up” and I thought he was gonna say something like RIP Left Eye since she did do the remix with him but he didn’t. I’ll list all the songs he sang at the bottom like usual.
The show closed around 11:45 so he was up there for about an hour. While we were headed back to the parking lot a group of people behind us were complaining. One guy in particular was yelling and cursing saying he wanted his money back and that Donell Jones hardly sang. And he kept saying he had the crowd sing the songs for him and the music was too loud. Well I don’t know where he was standing but the music was only too loud to me in the beginning. And yes he did engage the crowd and had them sing a couple of times, but not during the whole show. I feel like I got my money’s worth. I mean I didn’t go to club and dance, I went only for the show. I wouldn’t mind seeing him again. I’m glad I got up and went. Check the links below :-)…
U Know What’s Up
Where I Wanna Be
Shorty Got Her Eyes On Me
You Know That I Love You
Knocks Me Off My Feet
Love Like This
The full 2013 Album Forever Below
UPDATE: I later linked up with the DJ that worked this show and he told me he lip synced the whole show. AIN’T THAT ABOUT A….
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