I had meant to cover Juicy J, Dom Kennedy, and Freddie Gibbs at the Quad in some capacity for Creative Loafing last night. When I arrived at the office this morning, I realized that I didn't really remember enough of the evening to write about it. Then I looked at my Twitter feed and was like, "Oh, right. That happened."
I was standing there at the club bored and figured I could tweet about it or whatever. I'd come to the show more or less straight from the office and met up with some dudes and started drinking and this was all way too early in the night. I think we did some shots at some point. I tweeted back and forth with some journalist dudes who weren't there. One of them said this:
Eventually the opening acts started, which I guess was something to do other than sit at the bar and drink.
This seems harsh now. I think people were feeling Scapegoat Jones alright and Chuuwee had a lot of energy and shit, but the rule of having opening acts play at like one-third of the proper volume for a show basically guarantees that people are going to stand there looking more or less really bored. Every club does this and always will, because it is a good way to get people to go back to the bar and order another drink. Which is exactly what I did a bunch of times around this time of the night.
Juicy J posted this picture shortly after I tweeted that. I like that he's trying to hype people up about getting trippy but clearly someone is just sitting on a MacBook in the background checking their email or something. I'm pretty sure that I stopped working in nightclubs and trying to write about music a few years ago because this time of night waiting for opening acts to finish is consistently boring and depressing for everyone involved.
I'm guessing two things had just happened when I tweeted this:
1. The opening acts were officially over, so the DJ was allowed to turn up to a reasonably loud volume and people started dancing.
2. I finally drank enough to be somewhat drunk, which apparently allowed me to be enthusiastic enough to intentionally misspell "here."
I don't really remember anything that was happening around this time of night except to say Maurice Garland is a good hype man and was talking about white people for awhile, Freddie Gibbs did some of his verses from Real is Back 2, and apparently I thought it was a good idea to check out the VIP area because I had a press pass.
A brief aside - There is no bigger hustle in nightclubs than VIP. I briefly worked promotions for club in San Francisco that regularly sold VIP tickets at double or triple the cover. Typically, they would need most of the club's peripheral employees to hang out in the VIP so that the ten suckers who paid for it wouldn't realize that they'd paid extra to be in the most boring room of the club.
If you're smoking a blunt onstage behind someone else who is actually performing, you probably should share. I mean, everyone can see you're not sharing. And if you're not looking into a spotlight all night performing, you probably shouldn't be wearing sunglasses in a dark room. I'm speaking from a general sense of etiquette here, because I don't really remember any of this shit happening.
Seriously, when did everyone get one of those fancy Canon 5d cameras with the square light board? And why does anyone with an iPhone take pictures when there are two dozen people with $4,000 cameras already taking pictures? I just looked at my phone and I have like twenty pictures from last night that look like this:
What the fuck is wrong with me?
I think the DJ played either "Slob on my Knob" or "Ass and Titties" and people just lost their shit before Juicy J got on stage. Then he got on stage and played "A Zip and A Double Cup" and people lost their shit even more and there was a bottle of gin on stage and he was just pouring people shots from it. I'm pretty sure "We tripoy vmame" was my legitimate best effort at tweeting "We trippy mane."
I just got a text from one of the dudes who was there last night that said, "I think I'm still drunk." I think I lost like five followers.
ooooohhhh, I'm so excited!! I can't wait to see them together!
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?