Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Apparently, Wale has arrived...

WaleFromDCShow case you didn't know!

So as if it wasn't enough of a kick to the sack that Benny had to keep sending me texts from all the events at our nation's capital (including the Jay-Z show...and, oh yeah, THE FUCKING INAUGURATION ITSELF!!!), he went ahead and kicked my dog's empty coin-purse while he was at it with more gloating texts from the floor of Bohemian Caverns in DC.  That was where he was on hand to see Wale blow... the... fuck... up!  I'll let him tell you all about it - I'm sure he will when he catches up on some z's - but for now, read this review from the Washington Post:

Rap fans bummed to see the Jay-Zs, Kaynes and T.I.s leave town after an inaugural bacchanal of historic proportions, fret not. Washington finally has a rap star to call its very own. His name is Wale, and after surfing a formidable wave of blog buzz over the past 18 months, he mailed in his official application for rap's A-list at Bohemian Caverns last night.

Wale kicked his set off with a tweak on Young Jeezy's "My President," relishing the inaugural afterglow and updating fans on his credit score: "My president is black, my credit card is too/ But my credit's [expletive] 'cause of that previous dude!" What followed felt like a breakout performance - sweaty, energetic and brimming with a superstar-ish poise that the local rapper had only previously hinted at.

Much of it had to do with the premiere of two new songs set to appear on his major label debut this spring. "Chillin" found him unfurling an avalanche of syllables over a riveting, bass-heavy track while "Pretty Girls" offered a playful, go-go-inspired call and response routine. (The former was produced by Miami hit machine Cool & Dre; the latter by Best Kept Secret, a local duo whose name is about to become a serious misnomer). Other go-go-centric bangers, including "Ice Cream" and "Back in the Go-Go," sounded positively vibrant and "W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E." had the crowd jumping hard enough to make the floor quake underfoot.

After the lurching, anthemic finale of "Nike Boots," Wale seemed reticent to leave the stage, dishing out hugs and high fives to sweaty new converts. But with Jeezy's "My President" thumping on the PA, he eventually sauntered off stage and into a future that never seemed brighter.


Got damnit!!!  As if I wasn't pissed enough about missing that shit already.  Oh well, thanks to Elitaste for pointing us in the direction of this fantastically written review.  Be on the lookout for Benny's take on the show - with video!!!! - soon.  Meanwhile, anybody got any ice?


1 comment:

Benny B said...

He BLEW...THE...FUCKING...SPOT...UP! You've seen the video...and there was maybe 150 people there...MAYBE.