Public Enemy at the Ogden Theatre, 12/8/12
Antonio Valenzuela Chuck D of Public Enemy, host of last night's hip-hop extravaganza last night at the Ogden Theatre in Denver.
Before PE took the stage, the night went smooth with Chuck D acting as the emcee of the evening, sharing insightful tidbits about each act before and after they performed. X-Clan's Brother J was the best opener, as he spit with vibrancy and clarity, especially when on a fast-paced freestyle a ccapella centered on how "We need to teach the next generation because we are about the uplifting of the children."
Schooly D, meanwhile, performed a high energy set that included him sliding into the mike James Brown style to "Please, Please, Please," but overall, he didn't seem at sharp as everyone else who performed last night. The crowd responded to him the most when he did the theme song to Aqua Teen Hunger Force, but he seemed to lose his rhymes twice, and he covered it up cleverly by saying, "if I die up here I'm gonna need...a titty." Chuck D re-emerged to save him, calling him hip-hop's Little Richard.
Eric Gruneisen Monie Love last night at the Ogden Theatre in Denver.
Monie Love played a great set for the ladies in the house, rocking some classic joints from other notable hip-hop ladies, like MC Lyte and Queen Latifah. Leaders of the New School only had member Dinco D, who held it down surprisingly well, until he stayed on stage longer than expected, losing the crowd in an impromptu freestyle.
Eric Gruneisen Awesome Dre last night at the Ogden Theatre in Denver.
Son of Bezerk and Awesome Dre kicked off the show with Chuck D introducing both groups and giving them praise as acts he was a big fan of before ever stepping into the rap game. Son of Bazerk in turn recalled how he knew Chuck when he was just a radio sports personality.
Eric Gruneisen Son of Bazerk last night at the Ogden Theatre in Denver.
The night's overall theme was the social networking aspect of the tour, with Chuck D calling out people's twitter handles and Facebook links after every performance, also talking about his show, "And Ya Don't Stop," and their goal to boycott radio stations who don't play 40 percent of local records calling it "Occupy the Airwaves."
Personal Bias: I am drawn to socially conscious and anti-government rhymes. I have always been a big fan of Public Enemy and first seen them at Mile High Stadium in 1992, sneaking into my third concert ever.
Random Detail: Flavor Flav said he got the clock idea when a crack-head was selling them in the projects and Son of Beserk dared him to wear it to open up for the Beastie Boys.
By the Way: PE did perform a newer song called "I Shall Not Be Moved" which went over well with the crowd.