I’m excited to announce that I will now be posting music reviews on my blog! I’ve been asked this several times and I’ve always declined but I came up with a great idea today that I think everyone will love.
When an artist wants me to review their music, my friend (who is a producer) and I will record our initial reactions and then go on to critique it and give an overall rating on their music. The ratings for sure will be based on lyrics and beat, but we may add some more categories as well. I wanted to record our reactions because it goes with the theme of my blog of me being raw and very real with my opinion. I will also have a written summary on the post as well.
Also, artist there will be a small fee involved which depends on whether it’s just one song or a whole album. No more than $50 at this time. Remember this will be our honest opinion so please make it worth our while.
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TREES IN DEEP ELLUM WAS LIT LAST SATURDAY!!! I’m so glad I got to get out the house and have a good time. I really enjoyed myself and I got to meet some new people as well as see some familiar faces. Now I’m not gonna lie I came to this show specifically in support for Alsace and also to see Audio Push again. At the time I wasn’t familiar with any of the other acts that were there but regardless it was a good show. I started not to even do a review for this show but since I have some footage I figured why not. So here’s how the night went…
I got there around 8:30 and walked up just in time to see Alsace outside selling last minute tickets to the venue. Everybody joked and laughed about how it looked like she was selling somethin else lol. Rick Ross’s song “Hustlin” played in the back of my mind when I was watching her. She really does grind all day and night. The group of people I was with decided to head inside about 15 mins later. Once I got inside I immediately realized whatever footage I was going to get was not gonna be that great. The place was already packed and I was too far away from the stage, but I still had a good view though. In all honesty it wasn’t many black people in there; the crowd was majority Latino/Hispanics. As far as ages, it was mixed with young and old.
At around 9:00 Danny F Dot, who is from McKinney, TX, was the first act. The crowd seemed to enjoy him. I can’t quite tell if he’s a rapper or a singer but he reminded me of a Latino version of Justin Bieber. I honestly can’t say I was fully paying attention because the person I came with was engaging in conversation with me during the show. Plus there was this one guy in the crowd that was very distracting. He had come straight from work (his red Sonic shirt was the giveaway) and was dancing so hard all over the place. I did however later listen to Danny F Dot’s single “She Bad” on sound cloud and its hot! It’s one of those slow twerking songs. It’s available for purchase on Itunes. Some of his other songs do sound like the typical music that’s being played on the radio though. I think he performed about 4 or 5 songs during the show.
Next up was Curtis Mayz and his friend Jay Luse. They are from Oak Cliff, TX and they performed 5 songs. I had to track them down in the crowd after they performed cause I don’t think they even said who they were during their performance. Or maybe I just didn’t hear them, who knows I had been drinking. Curtis Mayz voice slightly reminded me of Lil Boosie, but more Texan. I like his style and they had some nice beats. Curtis Mayz stated his music is heavily influenced by Big K.R.I.T. and if he could compare himself to anybody that’s who it would be. All my Dallas peeps go out and support your own, he’ll be performing next at The Crown and Harp on Greenville August 25th. Go check him out!
The main person I came to see was up next, none other than the Alsace Carcione. Her set started off a little rocky due to sound issues (the DJ was trippin) but she quickly bounced back and moved the crowd. They hyped her up and cheered her on as she performed her song “Highly Unlikely” without any music. The DJ finally got it together and she continued her set with “Ain’t Goin”, “Black America”, “Been Grindin”, and “Don’t Stop”. As always she did a good job. During her song “Black America” she encouraged people to chant “Black Lives Matter”. I yelled as loud as I could. I caught up with her after the show and so many people stopped her and told her she did a good job, especially with overcoming the sound issues. One guy though stopped her and said “Hey good show but hey all lives matter”. I just stood there giving the side eye. Alsace quickly simply explained the song is from her perspective.
Next up was the duo Audio Push and I swear you would have thought they were the main act cause they performed at least 8 or 9 songs. But the crowd loved it and so did I. I really like these guys and I know they are gonna blow up. The last time I saw them was at Wale’s show at the House of Blues and you can tell they have evolved some more since then. They performed songs off of their mixtape called The Good Vibe Tribe along with their single “Quick Fast”. During their performance they stated they wanted nothing but good vibes and got the crowd involved in a competition of which side was they loudest. They also encouraged people to spark one up and all get high together. After the show I briefly spoke with Price from the group and refreshed his memory on the last time we met. I told him I wasn’t sure if there would be a review for this show because I didn’t have the best view and he stated that next time they come in town, which if I’m not mistaken he said they would be headlining their own show in October or November, they’re gonna make sure I’m right up front. Alright now Imma hold you to it young buck. He gave me a warm hug and took a selfie with me.
As far as Snow Tha Product, honestly I couldn’t tell you much about the performance because I left halfway through it. My friend was ready to go and so was I. But I will tell you she did state that she was sick and I was a little thrown off by what she decided to perform in. It was different from the pictures that I had seen online when I googled her. She looked like she was going to a nice get together wearing a peplum black shirt and some jeans. It just wasn’t something I expected to see her perform in. I hadn’t heard of her until the day of the show but her supporters and fans were heavy in the building. I saw a couple people wearing her merchandise. During her performance her panda bear mascot hyped the crowd up and her friend Nay Nay crowd surfed. There also was a point where Snow demanded that the hype people push their way to the front and the laid back people move to the back. I swear she was about to cause a riot up there cause people really started pushing and she had to calm them back down. I thought that wasn’t the smartest thing to say. Later after the show I overheard someone complaining about the fact that she talked through majority of her set, had a lot of opening acts, and really didn’t perform. I wouldn’t know cause I was hanging outside half the time but from what I did see it seemed to be true. If she was sick then who can really blame her. She didn’t cancel they show and she could have.
My friend wound up ditching me while I was talking to Audio Push so I wound up hanging around longer and conversed with Alsace after the show. The line to meet and greet Snow Tha Product was hella long and I really wasn’t interested in that so I left around 1:00. Its crazy cause Deep Ellum was still lit around that time. Anyway I enjoyed myself, Alsace did her thing, and I’m glad I got to meet Audio Push again. Check out the links, pics, and videos below…
This was absolutely the WORST experience I’ve had with a venue since I have been doing this. At first I tried to be understanding because it was opening night, but then I remembered it was RE-opening night. So they’ve done this before. Which means they should have been better prepared. So many things could have been done differently that would have cut down on the confusion that went on the entire night. They failed miserably when it came to the reserved seating in the balcony and also preparation for the line outside. As far as Erykah Badu, I honestly don’t have anything bad to say about her performance, she was perfect. So let’s get into it…
I had purchased my ticket for $50 pretty much as soon as it was announced back in January and I decided to buy a seat in the balcony so I wouldn’t have to stand. I really wanted a break from general admission standing only tickets. I picked a seat close up that would be perfect for capturing footage of the show. Since I had a reserved seat I didn’t rush out the house to get there before the doors opened. Doors were supposed to open at 7:00 and I arrived on the street of the venue at 8:30. To my surprise while riding around looking for a parking spot, I discovered that the line to get in was wrapped all the way around to the next street. Basically the line was one big square around the venue. My mouth fell open in disbelief, but then I shook it off and said maybe by the time I find a parking space the line will have gotten better. WRONG! The line was still wrapped around the block 30 mins later. One thing is for sure, Dallas loves Erykah Badu! A friend of mine said that she felt like she was in line at an amusement park. By now it was 9:00 and I was missing the opening acts. Another friend inside said that they did good but then the person sitting next to me inside said I didn’t miss anything. I didn’t make it inside until 9:30.
Once I got inside and took a look around I realized this place was HUGE and it was PACKED! It was very dark too. I made my way upstairs to the balcony and it was packed up there too. The security guard at the bottom of the steps had to point a flashlight on the steps to help people find their way. People that didn’t have reserved seating were really taking up too much space and it was hard moving around up there. I kept thinking if there was an emergency or something, this would be really bad. They really should have cleared the way for people to make it through. There were a couple flat screens playing sports throughout the venue and it didn’t seem to interrupt anything. Once I made my way to the end of the row where I was supposed to be sitting I noticed someone was in my seat. So I spoke with the security on that end and he directed me to the other end of the row. So I went to the other end and someone was sitting in that seat also. So security made the person get up. Throughout the night they had to keep asking people to get up because the seats didn’t have any signs or numbers on them to let people know those were reserved. When I was sitting there I was thinking to myself I know I paid to sit closer to the stage. So I asked the person next to me on my right did they select a closer seat and they said yes. I asked the person on my left and they said yes also. So I pulled the seating chart up online and low and behold they had switched everyone around. Instead of them seating us the correct way with the seats going 1-33, they had it the opposite way going 33-1. So everyone who was supposed to be closer was now far away. The couple next to me complained that they had been moved 3 times already because security kept sitting them in the wrong seat and they were just gonna let it go. Because I have a blog and wanted to get great footage and wasn’t JUST there to enjoy the show, I went to the security guard, showed him the seating chart online and he talked in his ear piece and I went and sat back down and waited for him to come and fix the situation. Well he never came. So I went and talked to him again and he advised me to go to the ticket booth and speak to someone down there. By now it’s 10:15 and I was scared the show was about to start and I would miss it so I rushed downstairs as fast as I could and got ahold of the box office manager. She told me she would see what she could do and come up there and find me. I ran back up stairs and to my surprise my seat was gone. Not that someone was sitting in my seat, but my whole seat was gone. So once again I’m back talking to security to get now another issue solved. And once again all he did was talk into his little ear piece. Another security guard had made her way over there and informed me that everyone on that row paid the same price so it’s not like one person gets better than the other. I angrily said to her “I paid to be in seat 8 not seat 26! I selected a closer seat!” She said to give her a minute and she’ll be back to help me. I stood there looking misplaced and frustrated. She never came back so I just took it upon myself to ask everyone in seats 1-7 to kinda scoot down and make enough room for me to get back into my spot. Everyone was nice and understanding and they moved down for me. I gave security the evil eye because I couldn’t understand why he couldn’t just do that. But even after all of that I still had no seat. So I just stood there in my space for majority of the show. The box office manager finally made it up to the balcony where I was and all she did was hand me her card along with the production manager’s card and offered tickets for another event. What I really wanted was my money back.
I tried to just enjoy the show, but the more I looked at my screen on my phone when I was recording and saw that the footage and pics wasn’t as good as it would’ve been had I been in the right seat, the seat that I selected online when I paid for my ticket, the more I got upset. Not only that I paid more for my ticket so that I could sit instead of stand and here I was standing, after already standing in that long ass line outside. Erykah Badu made it onstage around 10:56 and opened up with “20 Feet Tall”. The wonderful lady next to me offered to take turns sitting down because she felt bad for me and was just as pissed about everything. Erykah had on this huge black pancho-esque coat and I couldn’t help but think damn I know she is hot as hell in that thing. She took it off later during the show revealing her overalls. One of her kids ran out on stage during her performance, I’m assuming her youngest one. It was cute. She repped her city hard during the show and the crowd embraced her with open arms. The songs flowed smoothly into each other without her hardly coming to any stops or intermissions. The sound was crisp and clear and she had a backdrop with graphics playing during the show. While I was there I received a text from my friends letting me know they would be around the corner at a spot called Freemans (The Free Man Cajun Café and Lounge) and asked me to swing by before I went home. The more I stood there trying to focus my camera, the more being there with my friends seemed like a better idea. I looked around and found an empty seat and went over and asked the people around was it taken, and one of the gentlemen was kind enough to carry it over to my area for me. But even after I got a seat I still just couldn’t shake it off and get over the fact that I was so far away. I gave up and said goodbye to my neighbors after she performed “Window Seat” around 11:30 and headed downstairs to the box office to see about a refund. The box office manager was nowhere to be found and I didn’t want to wait around for her. I made my way to Freemans to meet my friends. While I was walking down the street I chatted with a couple who were walking behind me and asked them did they enjoy the show and they said they did, and that the long line to get in was their only complaint.
I met up with my friends and I have to say I had way more fun at Freemans than I did The Bomb Factory. I had a front row view of some very talented individuals that were performing. The more intimate feel along with good drinks and good company definitely made up for what I had just been through. The group that was performing was called The Found which included Marcus Jones (drummer), Chris Traylor, MC Cyfa Fix, Charlie Hughes (guitar), Robert Gaines (Bass), Jordan Walker (keyboards), and James Robinson (keyboards). The band was all the way live and had me sayin yaasss and bobbin my head the whole time. They was jamming and having a good time while doin it. From what I was told they perform there quite often and also at Sandaga 813 downtown. I remember thinking damn this is what I’ve been missing out on all this time. My friends have been trying to get me to go to Freemans for awhile now and I’m so glad I went and had such a wonderful experience.
So my night wasn’t completely ruined, Erykah Badu was awesome, The Bomb Factory gets a thumbs down, and I’m already ready to go back to Freemans. Shout out to the people that were nice to me at The Bomb Factory: Ashley and her boo (seats 9 & 10), Whitney (seat 7), and Flozell for carrying my chair for me. Thanks for reading this loooong review and don’t forget to like, share, and comment. I definitely would like to hear other peoples experience there at The Bomb Factory. Peep the links, pics, and videos below…
This show was phenomenal and each artist represented real R&B soul to the fullest. These three were the perfect combination for a great show. These are sangers, not singers, sangers lol. I wasn’t too sure the show was even going to happen because of the weather but I got an email from ticketmaster saying the show is still on. The venue was the Majestic Theatre and I paid about $80 for my ticket. I was in the center of the lower level and in the third row. It was set to start at 8:00pm and I got to my seat at 7:30pm. It had been forever since I had been to the Majestic Theatre, I had only been once to see a stage play when I was in my teens. When I looked around I felt like I was at the Apollo Theatre. The seats were small and the rows were tight.
There weren’t many people there at first but the sold out show pretty much filled up once Leela James hit the stage which was about 8:15. She came out on stage with that big bouncy hair and tight fitting outfit, mama was THICK and had BODY hunty! I was like yaaass work it girl. She sounded great and looked great too. She opened up her show with “Who’s Gonna Love You More” and tried to hype the crowd up saying “Y’all ain’t afraid of a little snow are ya?!” During her performances she pulled two guys up on the stage (separately) to dance with her. Why was both of them chewing gum like cows chewing on grass lol. When it came time for her performance of “Fall For You” the whole crowd started screaming and she started to cry a little. During her last performance of “Let’s Do It Again” she invited the whole front row up on stage to dance and somebody’s uncle/grandpa was getting it lol. Couldn’t tell him nothing. She sang 7 songs and after her set was over they went for a quick intermission.
Raheem Devaughn came out around 9:00 and I must admit…He was one of the artists that I was not checking for like that. I always thought his music was good and I liked his singles, but when he first hit the scene I saw two bad live performances and from that point on I always thought he was a studio singer. So I must say that I was not excited to see him. BOY DID HE SHUT ME UP AND PROVE ME WRONG! First of all the first thing I noticed was that big bulge in his pants when he came out. I mean did he take a Viagra before he hit the stage? Did somebody whisper somethin in his ear before he came out? Ion know but it was fine by me! He started off with “Bulletproof” which has such a powerful message and is so relevant to what is going on in the world today. I was bouncing in my seat. He took us back to old school music and followed up with “When You Love Somebody”. You know how a song get to speakin to you when you drinkin that brown liquor…yeah that’s what that was lol. You know when Maddog was sittin there drinkin talkin to himself in Jason’s Lyric…yeah that’s what that was lol. During his performance he grabbed himself quit a few times, humped the staged, and even went out to the crowd and humped a girl in the audience. I’m sure somebody got pregnant up in there. He sang 7 songs as well. Before he closed the show he mentioned his nonprofit organization that brings awareness to domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, mental illness and many other things affecting our community. I’ll provide the link below. So yeah, the whole time during his performance I was lookin like this…
There was another intermission and Ledisi came on around 10:00. Babaaay when I tell you she was giving I AM THE QUEEN when she stood at the top of those steps. Giving sexy sultry eyes and a sexy walk she let us know she has arrived and she came to put on a show. She opened up with “Lose Control” and man this woman’s vocals though! I messed around and didn’t record the scatting that she did cause I was so much in awe. She is one of the few that I love to hear scat. She played around with the audience about being too stuck up when she talked about sex. I can just imagine the looks on some of the older folks there lol. At one point she let her background singer Danetra Moore take over the rest of a song and when I tell you that girl can blow! Various “YOU BETTA SANG GIRL” was heard throughout the crowd. During her performance she told a story and took us through the three stages of a relationship with her song selection…the beginning, the middle, and the end or new beginning. When we got to the end/new beginning of a relationship she spoke about her new acoustic album titled “Intimate Truth” and she performed the acoustic version of some of her songs. One of those songs was “Stay Together” which features Jaheim but since Jaheim wasn’t there she playfully sang his part. Before she closed out her show she went out to the crowd and up to the balconies to show them some love. One of my friends, who is a huge fan and is also a singer, was up there and she got a bomb picture of Ledisi while she was standing right in front of her. She closed the show around 11:30 with “Bravo” and spoke to the audience about following their dreams and not giving up. I know she was preachin to somebody and somebody needed to hear that message.
Overall the show was the bomb and I advise everyone to go see them next time they are in town, whether together or separately cause you’re gonna get your monies worth. I think out of all of them I enjoyed Raheem Devaughn the most. I don’t know if it was because I doubted him and I was shocked at his vocals or because he was unbuttoning his shirt lol. Anywho I got my life and get yours too lol. Peep the pics, links, and videos below…
Sidenote: This man sitting directly in front of me head smelled so bad y’all. I mean like he hadn’t washed it for months. Just a bunch of dandruff, cheap grease, and whatever else. I just know every time he moved I got a serious dose of it. I’m talkin bout GAG reaction. SMH and he was too damn old for that. And his girlfriend next to him ought to be shamed. How you keep your hair cut but it still smell bad