There are times in a man’s life where they start to realize a certain transition in their life. It’s where a person learns that at a certain age they have to give up on certain things. This weekend a T.I. Concert taught me that I am too damn grown for most rap concerts now. Yeah, I said it I can’t do most rap concerts anymore. I have always been able to tow the line between all classes of living but maybe my starting to lose my touch.
This past weekend I was out with one of my best friends Jenae Wallick (yeah the chick from OWN’s reality show Sweetie Pie’s) and she invited me with her to see her fiancé Tim (the co-owner of Sweetie Pie’s) open up for T.I. Innocent enough right? No, it really wasn’t you want to know why because this concert was at a club NOT an amphitheater. Attending this event I realized a few things made me know I am too damn old for rap concerts. Here are a few of those observations.
We get to the venue and get into the VIP line and some hands me a flyer for Church on Sundays at Club Klymaxxx. Now I am not judging anyone for how they are getting they praise on. But, is having church at Club Klymaxx what is real in the streets now?
Puff Puff Pass
The concert I knew was going to be ratchet as hell. That’s a given with the location and the artist performing. The weed wasn’t too much of an issue to me because I have been to Smookin’ Grooves, A Cypress Hill, and a Method Man and Redman Concert and have seen weed get passed around at a concert. But, this show seemed that it was a pre-requisite to have your own personal blunt to gain admittance. I am to the point now where I don’t like my fly ass sweaters smelling like Hennessey and weed.
I aint no Nino Brown
We were in the VIP section so I don’t know about the rest of the crowd but it seemed like 90% of the dudes in our section were definitely drug dealers aspiring to control their own Carter. Dudes were over 30 in their saggin below the man code limit. I mean nino Brown even rocked a suit half the time. I had one dude half drunk come over to me and say “You dress all uppity for these bitches tonite playa.” I guess I am not living for a New Jack City anymore.
Rap Concert Chicks Don’t Like Me
I have realized that hood chicks didn’t like me long time ago but this night just solidified what I had already ascertained. Not that I was looking to holla at any of the women but a few would look at me like Carlton Banks. No, the tripped out part was that I saw chicks who I know who had degrees (from accredited Universities) in there all over the Nino Brown’s. I thought the dope dealer persona for the nice girls was starting to fall off though?
I only knew 20 % of the music played or performed that night. They had about 30 opening acts and the headliner T.I. didn’t come on till 12:30(keep in mind the venue closes at 1 so you do the math). Even crazier is that they were charging 1700 dollars for a VIP table and $60 ticket for a general admission ticket. I aint mad at the hustle at all but some of these rap concerts don’t give you a full show anymore. I get the economics of it though and how much the artist is contracted to do but maybe that’s why these shows may not be for me anymore. This is no diss to T.I.(though I have been critical of him before) I just know that I want to get more out of a headliner than 20 mins.
Don’t get me wrong this post isn’t going at rap concerts necessarily being bad but just not for me. It’s funny because I was born on the south side of Chicago and raised on the North side of St. Louis so I have damn near seen everything. I know that I can only take scenes like this in certain doses now. I know one thing I won’t be at too many of those kind of rap concerts in the future. I used to be able to hit up a concert like this with no issue. Now it seems on these scenes I feel like a fish out of water. Maybe I am getting grown? Have my tastes just changed? Or is it I can’t do too much niggaracity anymore. But, you know what I heard on the adult contemporary station that New Edition and SWV will be here this month. That sounds more like a show I will be more comfortable at.