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Monday, July 11, 2011

Gucci Mane, now you see him, now you don't

Gucci Mane quietly made history at MJQ with a quick in-and-out for Sloppy Second’s fifth anniversary party Saturday, July 9. After being released from jail where he was serving time for probation violation after pushing a woman out of a moving car, the trap rap staple was the main draw for the monthly bastion of dance club hedonism before heading over to his proper coming home party at Life Night Club later in the evening. At MJQ Klever, Tamara Sky, Heroes x Villains, Sofa King and Taradactyl were all stacked on the bill; although Klever’s return to MJQ after nearly three years was enough to guarantee a sell-out. Having Playboy model Tamara Sky spinning tunes didn’t hurt either. Adding Gucci Mane to the bill only pushed the spectacle over the top.

Gucci Mane at MJQ
On a typical Saturday, most folks wait ‘til the midnight hour before showing up at MJQ. But this weekend, a line snaked out the door and across the parking lot before 10 p.m. as Gucci’s presence was in the air long before he was even in the neighborhood.

Gucci Mane strolled onto the stage amid a posse of thugs that was too deep to count shortly after midnight. The instant he stepped forward, the crowd surged, threw hands in the air and moved to the thunderous bass swells that rattled the room, courtesy of Heroes x Villains.

From the top Gucci launched into Gimpmode’s remix of “Heavy” (aka “Emalkay — Heavy Fabrication Refix”), which plucked a whole lot of heartstrings in the house. Matthew “Gimpmode” Fox had completed his dub step remix just a few months before he died in May. Gucci’s rapping to it on Saturday night turned into an unprecedented homage.

“Wasted” was followed by a Heroes x Villains remix of “Lemonade,” but the song was cut short when a woman at the front of the stage passed out presumably of heat exhaustion. Her fall caused a bit of a disturbance in the crowd, and at the first sign of anything that resembled trouble, Gucci’s crew pulled him off of the stage and he was gone after just two and-a-half songs. Most people were left scratching their heads, wondering if it was really over. It was, after all, a club show scenario. Most people were expecting three or four songs tops, not a 45-minute set.

Alas, Gucci had left the building. But his swift departure wasn't a deterrent, and no one seemed to be upset about it. Outside, MJQ regulars shook their heads at the absurdity of it all. But the line still stretched across the parking lot. Those waiting to get inside were chattering about missing the show, but they still moved forward, handed over $20 and disappeared down the ramp. Inside, Klever was working the room into a frenzy as Sloppy Seconds raged on.

(Video by Dustin Townsend)

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