Mac Lethal at the Marquis, 11/20/10
with JDirty • Input • F. Stokes
11.20.10 | Marquis Theater
Mac Lethal's "Keep It Irish Tour" descended upon the Marquis Theater last night and brought a friendly crew of poets and rappers with it. The Midwest rapper obviously harboring a serious grudge against his ex-wife made it a point to note that if anyone at the show wakes up in nine months with a child that was conceived after his set, they would personally receive $300 in Bed Bath & Beyond gift certificates for the baby. "Who says Uncle Mac doesn't take care of you guys?" he offered. Uncle Mac indeed took care of everyone with help from locals JDirty, Input and the hard cut a cappella drops of F. Stokes.
JDirty, the self-described "Scrub Hop" mixtape producer, opened the show rocking a big white tee bearing the internet-famous Antoine Dodson quotation, "Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo Wife" and rolled through cuts off his newest mixtape, moving incessantly from one side of the stage to the other.
Input played a set that was short, to the point, and worthy of a chant later that was unfortunately overpowered by an even louder "LETHAL" chant. It's hard to say if JDirty and Input's sets seemed so short because they were only twenty minutes each or that the Marquis was not even close to capacity when either of them went on.
The real treat of the evening came when F. Stokes picked up the mike and shared his thoughts. With no DJ and no one manning his computer/tables/audio, Stokes included some humorous stories about his run-in with Rihanna, some anecdotes on there being only three other black men in the whole venue and even a comment that the only person to challenge him to a dance off was one of them.
Joking aside, the guy ripped the microphone to pieces without any backup. On more than two songs, it was his voice that resonated and held the half packed house at attention, not any beats. And when an artist can tear it up a cappella and garner cheers for his lyrics and delivery, it's a sign that he's heading in the right direction. Odd as it may be that he is on this tour, he is keeping true to his roots and staying true to himself. Stokes hails from Chicago, but calls New York home for now, and in his own words, "it's all a part of the journey."