Action Bronson at Cervantes, 11/29/12
Eric Gruneisen TiRon & Ayomari last night at Cervantes' Masterpice Ballroom. Slide show: Action Bronson and fans at Cervantes
Before Action Bronson performed, TiRon & Ayomari put down their set. It was a well-coordinated show and they had nifty little steps that they would do in time and had some nice back and forth going. They really hit their stride with "All My Love," but kind of tapered off after. They are the anti-Action Bronson. The two focus on hooks and theatrics, perhaps to a fault. In fact, this act could probably teach a little to Bronson and stand to learn some in return. But TiRon & Ayomari write music the ladies in mind. Nothing wrong with that, it was just a strange pairing for Action Bronson.
Eric Gruneisen TiRon & Ayomari last night at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. Slide show: Action Bronson and fans at Cervantes
Turner Jackson went on before that and gave the most all-around solid performance of the night. The guy is just a natural entertainer. He's always smiling. He's always moving around. Even at the parts when the crowd was kinda lulling, he made jokes to lighten the mood. He got drumming from Big J Beats and pulled up the other half of 1984, Marky Bias, to freestyle with him. They did it right, which is not a common skill among rappers nowadays. D-Stylez also performed well. It's refreshing to see a guy with an old school style like he has. Plus he closed over the instrumental to Biggie's "Everyday Struggle." A fitting choice for the night.
Eric Gruneisen Turner Jackson last night at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. Slide show: Action Bronson and fans at Cervantes
Personal Bias: Even though Action Bronson could never do a Riff Raff verse the absurd, off-the-wall justice it deserves, it was still the highlight of the night for me. Raff Reezy just tickles me in all the right places.
Random Detail: Some random guy came to the front of the stage during Tiron and Ayomari and just started loudly booing. It was weird. You could tell the guys were a little shocked, but they didn't let it throw them.
By the Way: Turner Jackson constantly welcomes his audience to the "D.O.P.E. Game," which stands for Don't Oppress Positive Energy. More people needed to be in the D.O.P.E. game for this show.