So I’m trying something different with the concert reviews. It takes up a lot of time to type up my thoughts of the performances PLUS upload videos and photos, so I figured I’d just review the shows by recording and uploading on Youtube. I also want to direct you guys to my Facebook page Shelly 80s Baby which is were I’ll be uploading the videos.
Briefly, I’ll just say that I did enjoy myself but it was entirely too damn hot to be at an outside concert. NEVER AGAIN! I’ll just have to miss whoever is coming in this Texas heat next time cause I ain’t gon be able to do it! H.E.R did great and hit all the right notes and then some.
Last weekend I got the chance to sit down with my good friend Andre Ruffin and review “My First Song Is My Last Song” by Dallas underground artist Wade. I actually saw Wade perform at Wild Out Wednesday at Murphy’s and I was just as impressed with his style, lyrics, and delivery then as I am now with this album. As soon as I got home I downloaded it straight to my phone and listened to it several times since. Both Andre and I feel that it is a great album and it’s something that music lovers would absolutely enjoy. Our favorite songs are “Lounging”, “Day After”, “Dedikation”, and “Achy Blues”. One thing that I like the most about this album is that it gives you a variety of different styles all while remaining true to himself and his message. There were some songs we didn’t particularly care for, but at the same time it could cater more to a different type of listener and they may love it. The video is a bit lengthy so I’ve provided the times of each track below just in case anyone wanted to skip some parts.
Thanks again to Wade for asking me to review and thanks Andre for reviewing with me. It was fun, we have to do it again. 🙂 Don’t forget to like, share, and comment.
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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J. Cole put on a great show and had everyone super hype last Sunday (August 23rd) at Gexa Energy Pavilion. I gathered so much footage that I literally could let the videos speak for the review. I damn near recorded the whole show lol. But I’m not going to do that I’m still going to give y’all a lil sumthin sumthin lol.
I had originally bought two tickets for my boyfriend and me at the time, and since he wasn’t able to make it I had to ask a bunch of people at the last minute did they want to go so the other ticket wouldn’t be a waste. Everybody seemed to be busy or just couldn’t make it. At one last attempt I made a facebook post asking did anyone want to go with me, do you know only one person responded!!! Shout out to my homie! Thanks for going with me! But unfortunately he didn’t get off work until 7:00 and the concert started at 6:30. I know, kinda early compared to other shows I’ve attended. I’m assuming because it was on a Sunday. We didn’t arrive to the gates until 7:17 and by that time we had missed the opening act, which was YG. I wasn’t too worried about it because I don’t follow his music much but my friend was highly disappointed. I had never been to the Gexa Energy Pavilion so I didn’t know what to expect. So many people were strolling in late just like us. Once we got inside I was surprised to see all the concession stands and it kinda reminded me of the fair. The fair and the Pavilion are right next to each other so it makes sense. After we grabbed our food and drinks we headed to our seat just in time to hear Big Sean hit the stage around 7:30.
Big Sean’s set was….cute. I’m not a huge Big Sean fan and hadn’t really paid too much attention to his music other than what I’ve heard on the radio. I don’t know why but his voice is a little annoying to me so it’s only so long I can listen to him rap. But after seeing his performance I am interested into listening to more of his music. His beats are really good and some of the music that I hadn’t heard before had my head bobbin. What I didn’t like about his set was it was entirely TOOOO MUCH FOG! I mean like how we was supposed to see you Sean? I had good seats mind you but in order to actually see him I had to look up on the big screens that they had, which by the way was always a few seconds off. I could see his body but not clearly. And it didn’t make for good video either. Nor did the other special effects he had like the bright flashing lights. At least not on my little 13MP camera. It was just a lot going on. Kinda seemed too extra. The stage props were cool. During his performance he talked about Dallas being the other D-Town besides Detriot and his love for the city. Overall his performance was cool, he had great energy, and it was just enough to get the crowd hype for the main act.
J. Cole opened up with his Intro to his latest album Forest Hills Drive and proceeded to perform the entire album along with “Lights Please” and “In the Morning” from his early mixtapes. The crowd sang/rapped along to every single lyric and you could tell J. Cole was overwhelmed by all the love. The humble artist joked about not actually knowing where “St. Tropez” was and not knowing what the abbreviation for LED lights means. He also preached about hood mentality and appreciating what you have instead of complaining about what you don’t have. He brought out Jeremih toward the end of his set to do their new hit song “Planes”. At first I thought Jeremih was listed on the show because he was going to be the opening act. I don’t think he performed first but I’m not completely sure because we got there so late. I don’t think he did though when you consider the time Big Sean started. J. Cole did like most artist do and played like the show was over but came back out to do “Crooked Smile”, “Can’t Get Enough”, “Work Out”, and closed the show with “Power Trip”. I liked J. Cole’s performance the best not just because I’m a big fan and he was the main act, but because I could actually see him! LOL. His visuals in the background were really dope too. Made for good pics.
Even though my friend left the show early to try to beat the traffic, we still wound up sitting in it for awhile AFTER I was walking for what felt like 30 mins trying to find him. Even though I didn’t go with who I was supposed to I was able to shake it off and enjoy the show. As a fan I’m proud of J. Cole and how far he’s come. The Forest Hills Drive album is a great album from start to finish and this show represented it very well. Now even though this is somewhat unrelated, I can’t wait til Kendrick Lamar brings his butt back to Dallas. Drake too. Anywho check out the links, pics, and videos below….
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…
Oh What A Night! (In My Missy Elliot Voice) B.O.B aka Bobby Ray had the club going up this past Saturday at Winston’s Supper Club in Uptown Dallas. This was my second time at Winston’s and I swear it gets LIVE! When they have someone there performing it feels like a huge house party. Me and my girl made sure we were front in center and it definitely paid off! Get into these details lol…
So we originally was set to go to the Kwanzaa Fest at Fair Park but by the time we were ready to go we looked online to see what the crowd was like and it was already too packed at noon. It was to the point where we probably wouldn’t have been able to see anything. We had heard the main person we wanted to see, which was B.O.B, would be at Winston’s later that night. So we were like scratch Kwanzaa fest, let’s go turn up at the club lol. We met up at Winston’s around 10:30 and it was pretty empty. And it pretty much stayed empty for a good minute, I don’t think people really started pouring in until 11:30. Several selfies and three drinks later, one of which included a free Pineapple Ciroc from the club and it was bomb, the place was packed and B.O.B walked right by me around 12:45 and I automatically yelled out “OH SH!T”. LOL I have never been star struck but I promise I was that night. My grown 31 year old ass felt like a teenager at an Immature concert. Yes I said Immature.
He came in there with his entourage along with Teyana Taylor who also performed at the Kwanzaa Fest earlier that day. Teyana Taylor was such a sweetheart. Every time I took a pic of her she looked and smiled for the camera and not once did I even call her name. She also took a pic with my homegirl but unfortunately due to all the movement around me the pic came out a little blurry. Once B.O.B got situated he hopped on the mic and got the party started by passing out shots to everybody. If I’m not mistaken the theme was Birthday Celebration and Teyana Taylor’s birthday did just pass. His big gold chain was swangin and his hat sliding off as he performed “Headband”, “Paranoid”, and “We Still In This B*tch” and even got down in the crowd to rock with us. I was always a fan of B.O.B’s but he has gained a die-hard fan now. He done messed up and made me feel special by making eye contact at least about 5 times. I guess it wasn’t hard to do being as though I was right in front of him. I had to go home and stalk his Instagram smh. But man oh man when he waved at my homegirl though she damn near died on the floor lol. Oh let me not forget to mention the hoopla and madness he created Friday after posting a pic of him and sweatpants with the hashtag #eggplantfriday. I’m not sure if he created that trend but Instagram went wild. I caught a few people starrin at his crotch lol.
My only complaint about the whole night is this blower thing that Winston’s uses. It’s like a mist with confetti in it, like a confetti cannon. Unfortunately I seemed to be directly in front of it. I mean I guess it would be cool for people who were hot, which I wasn’t, but it was just a bit much for me. Also sometime after his performance when everybody was just dancing, I looked over at my friend and she was like “SAVE ME SAVE ME!” This guy was hunchin, yes hunchin on her so I slowly pulled her away and kinda backed him up off her. Tell me why this fool proceeds to hunch on me lol. I mean he was really like a horny little dog that hunches on your leg. So then she pulled me away and we moved on the other side, far away from him lol. All in all I had THE best time and it was only $10 to get in and enjoy this unforgettable experience. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to like and share please 🙂 Peep the links, pics, and videos below….
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.
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.
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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