Today I feel like I’m losing my mind. But that’s irrelevant. Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the CLASSIC Madvillainy album. This might be the best 1-2 punch on an album of all time. And it’s near the end. Pure craziness. So lovely. Memories abound.
So bang. It’s kinda rainy and things aren’t timing well. So we miss the Yeezus pop up shop. Sad faces. But it’s cool cuz we got plenty of time to make it to the actual show. So we get downtown with the quickness. Post up by The Melt. Grilled cheese food truck. Devoured the good poison they bequeathed upon us in exchange for our legal tender. Enta da stage. We got some pretty good seats. We right on time. Merch lines were STUPID! Sorry pals I was tryna get merch for. More sad faces.
Kendrick is set to begin. Now, I have seen Mr Lamar at least 10 times. I’m over it. But Teddy has yet to see him perform a full solo set. Opening for the gawd Yeezus was not gonna be the best place to see him. And it wasn’t. At this point he’s exclusively performing the vastly overrated Good Kid MAAD City record. So all the grade A classic shit we’ve come to Love is resting in performance peace (at least for this tour). He still performed the hell out of the songs though. I’ll give him that. He put on for the set.
Intermission. We decide to post up and talk shit. I’d like to note before Yeezus’ appearance I requested aloud to the gods that Kanye do a concert performing ALL his records. And said I want to hear Thru The Wire and see the “jesus dance”….
Yeezus has arrived. Now before we go any further he performed for almost 2 fucking hours!!!! Unheard of!! So my replay of the setlist is gonna be hella off and hella all over the place, cuz for realsies he was all over the place and it was magical.
He had white hoes parading around in body suits that made em look nakey. He had a moving platform. He had a mountain with pyrotechnics. He had white jesus. He had bedazzled gimp/luchador masks. He had ALL THE ENERGY OF THE SUN PUMPING THRU HIS VEINS. How he does this thing night in and night out is amazing. At some point he performed all of Yeezus. Little here. Little there. Black skinhead, new slaves, I am a god . . . they all sounded beautiful. Then he went into a GOOD music/feature set. Songs like Mercy, Clique, Nwords In Paris, I Don’t Like And for the strangest yet ever so delightful reason he did (way too) Cold. I was too excited for that. Then back into the Yeezus performance. The theatre of the performance was ok. It didn’t matter really. But it helped transition , I guess. When he finally dropped Blood On The Leaves??!?!?! I think I lost it. Not like the white hoes in front of us, cuz they had the no rhythm dancing to even the transition music all stupid wild like game on smash, though. He did a couple other Yeezus songs and then pow he does Coldest Winter instead of Hey Mama. I. Am. Not. Mad! I believe he did another set of old songs. It might have been at this point he did Thru The Wire and my life is complete. The gawds had my back. And what does he follow with? JESUS WALKS! No jesus dance tho. =\ That’s how it all went. Yeezus to the old shit. He was giving me the concert I had hoped for in the future but right in front of my eyes!! He did diamonds from Sierra Leone remix into rihanna’s diamonds remix. KILLER! He did Runaway and it was amazing! He did Lost in the World. He did Street Lights (and I beamed the biggest smile and almost cried. Almost) before all this he did Can’t Tell Me Nothin. He did Flashing Lights. He did Stronger. Some of the renditions he did were slightly different from the originals and it was very refreshing. Kinda tweaked them to fit the vibe of the entire show. SMART. Good Life. Heartless. Power. All Of The Lights. It was all there for us to enjoy. The new the old the classic. He gave us the most spectacular of presentations. He IS a god. No doubt. Oh yeah, his Hold My Liquor? I LOVED that shit. It didn’t differ from any other songs he performed off Yeezus, but I just appreciated it more. After all of this? And so much I’m leaving out, HE CLOSED WITH BOUND 2!! A little odd of a choice to close with but not really. Kind of PERFECT! No Uncle Charlie “Last Name” Wilson, but still AFUCKINGMAZING. And poetic being the live performance of the song on Fallon is what led to me even wanting and getting tickets to see this shit. Yeezus wasn’t at all like that Fallon performance. And I’m thankful for this. Kanye is a true master of his craft and treated us to something more special than I could’ve ever imagined. Thank you (based god)
So it’s 2002. We still recovering from an AMAZING 4th quarter of hiphop releases in 2001. The Blueprint. Ghetto Fabolous. Stillmatic. Come Home With Me. Genesis. Just to name a few off top. I’ve become familiar with this Jay Dee/Dilla cat. Fantastic Vol 2 dropped in 1999 but we was wild late on it. It’s incredible. And just as I learn about the gawd I also learn the upcoming Slum album won’t be helmed by Dilla. He’s not in the group anymore. Sad faces. But I’m also learning of all the songs he’s produced over the years and they are songs I hold very dear to my heart (back then and even to this day). Also learn that this “The Ummah”, I’ve heard and read about, is something he’s apart of (and there’s still debates and “stories” over what he did and what Tip did. But I digress). Now I been a Busta fan since I saw that Scenario video at 5 years old (the video, along with Nuthin But A G Thang, that started my torrid Love affair with hiphop). So it was a no brainer to get It Ain’t Safe No More. Especially since Genenis was fires. I find out that Jay Dee produced the title track Genesis and I’m mind blown (I had a bootleg copy). So as I’m listening to It Ain’t Safe I instantly recognize Dilla’s appearance. And this shit here?! It blew my fuckin mind. And I’d venture to tell you this is one of his mild sauce beats. If he even has any. It’s just something he does that no one else can do. Many producers have a signature sound but Jay’s signature sound isn’t something I can describe. It’s just a feeling. He captures that feeling every time. Whether he chops a soul sample beyond recognition or gives you that hardcore boom bap. He gives you his soul. It’s just beautiful.
First song I knew beginning to end. 4/5 yrs old.