Posts Tagged ‘hip hop’

My summer of music, and what a summer it was

September 13, 2011

Prince - Purple Rain - Way Out West 2011

Janelle Monae - crowd sitting down at Way Out West 2011 The Hives - crowd sitting down at Way Out West 2011

The Streets - Mike Skinner floating on the crowd

Kanye West performing Runaway - Way Out West 2011

Music is always better when it’s live and 2011 has been a big year for me. Earlier this year I saw Sade, Adele and Blackstreet. And this summer, which is now over or is it still late summer, has been filled with music. Music makes my world go round.

It started with Busy Signal in July. Two days at the festival Way Out West in mid August. A night of hip hop in late August.

Highlights

Waiting for Prince (I have seen Prince) to come on stage. An unbelievable moment to see a legend like him, even though I’m not a big fan. And when he played Purple Rain and the air was filled with purple confetti.

Wiz Khalifa’s energy and cuteness. And that he got the crowd dancing to a house track at the end leaving the stage without hardly anyone noticing because we were all dancing.

First Janelle Monae and then The Hives, both in black and white, getting the crowd to sit down.

Feeling like I was 15 again jumping to Swedish hiphopper Petter’s 90s hits. Så Klart, Vinden Har Vänt, Mikrofonkåt.

The Streets being on their last tour. Brits are among the funnest people. And why I love that country so much. Mike Skinner was great, fun, crazy, joking and telling off some guys in the crowd that were fighting.

Disappointments

Busy Signal should have come back out for an extra. Santigold excusing herself for having a cold. T-Pain.

Kanye West. My direct reaction was disappointment. He performed his hits, he talked a little bit and that was it. It was the third time I saw him so expectations were higher than they should be. But then it feels like he promises a lot and considering he was headlining…

In reflection he was all right. It was good but he should have come out for an extra number. Can’t be easy to perform the night after Prince. Runaway was his best of the night, very emotional. Til next time!

Prince - Way Out West 2011Petter  - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011

Janelle Monae - Way Out West 2011 The Hives - Way Out West 2011

Wiz Khalifa - Way Out West 2011T-Pain - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011

MF Doom - Way Out West 2011Timbuktu  - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011

Robyn - Way Out West 2011Tallest Man On Earth - Way Out West 2011

The Streets  - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011Santigold - Way Out West 2011

Kanye West - Way Out West 2011Veronica Maggio and Petter  - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011

Busy Signal - KB, Malmö 2011

Nelly and Kelly

March 21, 2011

In 2002 they had a Dilemma

In 2011 they’ve got each other Gone

It all started with sweet innocent forbidden flirtation. It turned out to be unresisting hot desire and maybe love. End of story.

They left the hood – Fun fact: it’s the same setting for Desperate Housewives’ Wisteria Lane, one of my favourite shows – for the luxurious beach resort.

And Nelly seemed to have grown a bit but since they’re on a sandy beach, Kelly probably isn’t wearing any heels.

Dilemma was catchy and Gone is catchy too.

BLACKstreet

February 28, 2011

So, I went to visit a friend and coincidentally Blackstreet happened to be in town for a concert. And why not? Very exciting.

Haven’t cared much about the recent reunions and comebacks but it’s been going on for a while now so it’s almost weird for a band/group/artist not to make a re-appearance.

But I was very positive about seeing Blackstreet even though I wasn’t really into them back in the day. They were the cool guys.

Obviously, I remember the big hits No Diggity, Fix and then there was Joy and Don’t Leave Me.

And on the day of the show they delivered. There were abs, roses and a girl on the stage. It was fun. A bit short. But then, there were only three of them? Wonder what happened to the fourth one.

Hip Hop @ Malmöfestivalen

August 27, 2010

I ended up at another free festival. This time, Malmöfestivalen in Malmö, in the south of Sweden.

Last night I got to enjoy some hip hop with local rapper Chords and then Grieves with Budo from the US. That’s what’s great about festivals, you get to listen to music you wouldn’t normally do.

I quite liked both. Chords with his reggae influenced sound had a good vibe but I only got to see about 15 minutes of the end of his gig.

Grieves was a pleasure to see for his energetic one-man show and his down-to-earth attitude. His friend Budo was very impressive, playing the trumpet, keyboards and guitar.

Here’s a little taste for you:

Chords – Luckiest Man Alive

Grieves & Budo – Cloud Man

Visit Chords’ site for more of him and Grieves with Budo on MySpace.

A day in the park

July 19, 2009

It’s been two weeks now since I had a great day in the park. Listening to great, and not so great music. Watching people strolling along and dancing. Best thing, my almost 60-year-old mum was with me rocking it big time. We even made our way to the front at the end surviving the pushing.

Hyde Park – Wireless 2009 – Sunday 5 July

Best: Q-Tip

Worst: Limited space in the Second Stage tent

Weather was better than expected, even a bit too hot. So no mud. Gates opened at 12, I was there for about 1. Opening act was on at 2 but naturally late by 20-30min. Not bad. Young Yeezy was great, a lot of energy. I’m not a big fan so it was good that he did Usher’s Make Love in the Club, where he raps to get the crowd going and the first MJ tribute of the day.

Had a look at the Second Stage. MPHO from South Africa. Listened to one song. I definitely will have to explore her music further because it sounded good. Even heard her on Jo Whiley’s Radio 1 show the day after.

Back to the Main Stage for Noisettes. Missed the big hit Don’t Upset the Rythm but they were good, good performance. It’s a band? with a leading singer? whose name is Shingai Shoniwa. She was all over the place. Her beautiful, quite short dress ripped but the show must continue and she was still all over the place. A bit too much nonsense talk.

N-Dubz. Na Na Nii. They did their job. Nothing more, nothing less. Tinchy Stryder was around but didn’t help out when they did Number 1.

Got just in time to the Second Stage to see the end of Ironik’s performance. It was banging. Chipmunk who had been on just before was standing on the side and when he entered the stage again he stole the show. And when he went to greet the first row, all eyes were on him instead of on Ironik doing Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer).

Next on the Second Stage was Kid Cudi mostly famous for Day’N’Night. His stage presence wasn’t all that great. Listened a bit to Calvin Harris in the background who was made special guest. Don’t get it. Kelly Rowland was supposed to be there and it would have been a lot better to see her. Will have to wait for another time.

Got to see a bit of Diversity doing their Britain’s got Talent winning routine. Don’t know if they should have been there and on the Main Stage?

Back to the Second Stage to see Flo Rida they weren’t letting anymore people in until someone left. What a disappointment. And there were many other upset faces. Festival organisers, didn’t they understand that big acts should be on the bigger stage. Flo Rida vs. Aleesha Dixon. I was forced to see Aleesha.

I paid to be there and shouldn’t I be able to see and enjoy the singers that I like. No. Not a big fan of Aleesha’s music. Not very unique. Needs more of a personal touch. Liked the Misteeq bit and the grimey bits she did towards the end. She should incorporate that to her own stuff. She had a lot of energy though. Great performer.

So then, two acts left. Two big ones. Q-Tip. Kanye West. Made a squeeze towards the front. It’s bad being short. But there were some grumpy moody people, mostly girls. Pushing is to be expected so just deal with it and enjoy the show.

Q-Tip was my highlight of the night. Wearing a Michael Jackson red Thriller jacket he busted some dance moves. It was good to have a bit of old school in the house. Too bad not everyone appreciated it. Some teens in front shouted ‘who are ya, who are ya?’ Very embarrassing. One youngster behind asked another ‘do you know who he is?’ ‘No, neva heard him before.’ Sad, very sad. Hope they got home and did some googling.

The sun was setting and it was getting a bit chilly. Kanye’s stage was being set up. I was impressed. Didn’t expect that. Had seen a vlog entry beforehand with shiny golden rock like panels and a podium and the panorama screen behind as I had seen last time when I saw Kanye in Bournemouth. And it was all being set up.

I’m sorry but Mr West didn’t meet my expectations. He was good, really good. But seeing him once before, he was better that time (about 1,5 years ago). Obviously, it was before Heartbreak so the mood was different.

I think I just got a little bit bored of him standing on the podium throughout most of the show. The robotic gold-painted from top-to-toe models/dancers added to the decoration. Everything worked in synergy though, music, dancers, Kanye’s perfomance, the atmosphere, even the weather. The breeze came at the right time. It was all very emotional and powerful and that’s what 808s & Heartbreak is. And dark.

I was eager to see what Mr West was going to do with it, his new audio tune music. How he was going to work it. It worked. Maybe not what I like to see on stage, as I realised, but it worked.

Rhianna and Kanye West in Paranoid

June 3, 2009

It’s actually a cool video. Music videos aren’t what they used to be. Since they’re all on the Internet, I only see what I select and not what is shown on the music channels. The days when music channels were on in the background are long time gone and I don’t even have MTV anymore.

Anyway, so the rumour I heard about Rhianna and Kanye West being romantic with each other might have been made up from their video collaboration. True or false? As it is these days it can be enough with a cheek kiss, a smile and you in love, romantically involved.

I guess they would make a good couple, high profile. One beaten, one dumped. Just watch the video…

5 July, Hyde Park, Wireless festival, Kanye West is headlining and the rest of the line up is looking hot. I will be there so watch this space because I will probably have something to say.