"Ahaha!" Yes, that's about as close as I will be able to get for Jadakiss' classic (and signature) laugh he's created since 2004's The Champ Is Here mixtape. Enough of all that though, it was Jada's night, Wednesday, April 8, 2009 in New York City. With a packed house with natural fumes likely to make a Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg concert audience catch feelings, Jada rocked Manhattan's Highline Ballroom with special guests ranging from his big brother Sheek Louch and Ryan Leslie to Swizz Beatz and Flipmode leader Busta Rhymes.
Presented as a MySpace Music Release event with sponsorship by the Big Apple's mega urban radio station, Hot 97, things got off to a nice and smooth start with the deejay set spinning hot records (right now) like Soulja Boy's "Swag On" to throwbacks like Cam'ron's "I Really Mean It." With a brief set by Mr. Heavyhitter himself, DJ Enuff, radio personality Angie Martinez also graced the stage hyping things up with some Adidas kicks give-aways and making sure the crowd was "ready" with her laid back, so so smooth, uhm...you get the point.
Teasing us with a short performance by The Mighty Zulu Kingz, who kicked it (literally) on stage with classic b-boy dances, the crowd was eagerly awaiting the raspy voiced rapper. While folks claim New York is one of the most difficult cities to perform in due to the audiences, there was no sign of it tonight. Even the Kingz got love as they showed off some 80's moves while keeping their urban steez up-to-par with fresh kicks and SoHo fashion attire.
Following another slight side track with one of Kiss' hype men coming out and having errryone move to records he called "from the Ruff Ryder era," including classics by DMX, Eve, Swizz Beatz and even some good ol' Biggie Smalls joints, it was time for the Bad Boy-turned-Interscope-turned-Def Jam reppin' rapper to make fans enjoy every last moment.
Hitting the stage solo, which is something Kiss is known to do before bringing his fellow D-Block boys (minus J-Hood) out afterwards, the rapper made sure to let folks know he was officially "Top 5 Dead Or Alive" going in with Street Fighter IV combo attacks of records. From people going non-stop with hand movements to ol' G's rockin' a blunt at the side of their mouths while putting up a hand, Kiss sparked records like "We Gon' Make It," "Knock Yourself Out," "They Shootin' (Remix)," and a few others from his first album minutes after hitting the stage.
It wasn't long before Kiss brought the crowd up-to-speed with his latest hits from the album (tons of descriptions, flow with me and peep the videos...) and surprised us with collaboration records with Ryan Leslie ("How It Was Supposed To Be"), Sheek Louch ("Mighty D-Block," "Kiss Your A** Good-bye"), Swizz Beatz ("It's Me Snitches") plus Busta Rhymes and Spliff Star ("Conglomerate").
Ahhh....long story short, it was so so New York in the venue which explains my capturing the 'best' moments for SOHH On The Scene, of course. Finishing out the night by doing tributes for Frank White on "Letter to B.I.G." and interacting with the crowd constantly asking, "Y'all tired already," Jada showed he can continue to destroy you lyrically and on-stage with his welcoming presence. It was a night to remember, even having seen Kiss on about three different occasions throughout the year. Spitting lasting thoughts on "Why," Jada gave the packed house his "deuces" symbol via two fingers and left another portion of his legacy circulating through the smoke-filled air and sweaty palms of every true fan in attendance this evening.
Written and experienced by SOHH Senior News Writer Cyrus Langhorne.
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