Havana Club must be vying for the "worst place to see live hip-hop in Atlanta" award. Last night, Drake and Travis Porter headlined the BMI Atlanta Unsigned Urban Showcase to a standing-room only crowd, full of more industry folks than fans at the relocated Buckhead club on Piedmont Ave. Hosted by Decatur homie and R&B cutie Lloyd, the event kicked off around 9 p.m. with performances from unsigned artists from across the nation. The eventual winner, Nicoya from Houston, Tex., was one of the better vocalists, but her mic went out mid-way and never came back. As the ooohs, awwws and boos ensued, that was only the beginning of the problems the crowd would have with the soundbwoy that night.
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"How many of ya'll got love for OutKast?" Catherine Brewton of BMI Atlanta said, announcing Big Boi as the winner of this year's Legends of Atlanta award. It took him about ten minutes to actually get to the stage, but when he did get there he was rushed off so Travis Porter could perform. So much for A-Town love.
Atlanta trio Travis Porter took the stage with a talented live band, no DJ. They looked so happy while performing. Their set intro involved their standing up drummer (ALIen) and mouth-playing guitarist doing a medley of Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA," Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and Lenny Kravitz's "Are You Gonna Go My Way?" The Porter boys were real rock stars, kicking off their set with a cover of All American Rejects "Give You Hell" that flowed right into some of their own radio hits, "Stupid" and "Go Shorty Go." On the lyrical ballad "Get Naked," the rappers started grinding on a drunk white girl (that they seemed to know) from the crowd. There were times during that song that I saw a titty. When the group surrounded her, it really looked like the Travis Porter train was coming to her town. I'm glad they are growing from their "Turnt Up" days and displaying some talented.
Young Moolah's Drake hit the stage close to 1 a.m. with an entourage. There was Lil' Twist, alleged victim (?) of supergroupie Kat Stacks, his Canadian bodyguard (whom you can tell is really his homeboy, but that's what he gets paid for), Young Money princess Shanell, who rocked a chain in her nose and not around her neck, and Drake's video girlfriend (outed firstt on Sandra Rose). Drake's live band was interesting, but nowhere near as amusing as Travis Porter's. He immediately jumped into "Forever" and followed up with the Santigold feature and my favorite "Unstoppable." After performing a piece of "Fireworks" from his upcoming album Thank Me Later, the sound mess-ups took over and ended the song after one verse. That's when the diva in Drake came out:
"This is the most fucked up performance ever. This is a real fucked up situation for ya'll. I'm gonna make sure somebody gets fired tonight," Drake said as the crowd went wild. After that, he continued to complain about how he couldn't hear a thing on every song. There were no mics working for his features with Lloyd and Lil' Wayne's daddy, Baby. The looks on his face were priceless. The photographers and video folk had a field day with his attitude. I eventually got tired of the tech problems myself and for the next couple of songs I zeroed in on how much pain Shanell would be in if she got in a fight and someone pulled out her nose chain.
Drake ended with "Over," the first single off Thank Me Later and told us ATLiens "I owe you one." I heard that he said the same thing the last time he performed in Atlanta, so I'm taking that with a grain of salt.
(Photos courtesy Cassandra Johnson)
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…
Yes, 14 is the correct answer. I'll pass your info along to the group's manager,…
That was January of 2007, and they are 21 now, so I'm guessing 14?
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