Brother Ali, Ghostface Killah, Rakim w/ Rhythm Roots All-Stars @ HOB, 10/29
As a life long hip hop fan who's friends are mostly casual hip hop fans, at best, I am constantly being told that a live show that features an emcee rapping over the record is hardly entertaining. To some extent I would agree. On one hand I won't pass up the opportunity to see someone who's lyrics I feel even if they are simply rhyming alongside a DJ who is playing their record, but I do believe that live music is at it's best by far when there are instruments to be played. The bright minds of Flow.TV and Dodge had a master plan, bring both worlds together with theHip Hop Live Tour, three great emcees acompanied by an incredible live band, The Rhythm Roots All-Stars.
Monday night, the tour kicked off in front of a packed House of Blues crowd of hip hop heads young and old who were not at all disappointed.
Brother Ali, who prior to the show at the press junket said "I think my fans will come support me on this tour," was absolutely correct. The Rhymesayers representative hit the stage to a roar of applause and chants of "Ali". Brother Ali showcased his lyrical prowess with an ability to capture the crowd with narrative-heavy flows. Before taking the stage, Ali said "I come from a different place, being an albino Muslim from Minneapolis, so I have a very different perspective and I bring that out in my rhymes."