Grab it free from The Movement Fam Bandcamp anyway; it's a really great collection of music, regardless of the theme. There's two exclusive cuts this year, both from Cee & Bekah. The first is 'Close To Mine', over Trey Songz' 'Wonder Woman', and the other joint is actually an unofficial remix of Tony Williams' single 'Dreaming Of Your Love' (remixed by Kiri Kanes), which Tony himself actually asked us to do. Tony is Kanye West's cousin by the way, so it was a big fuckin' deal to us back in the day.
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The homie Tony Williams, first cousins with Kanye West, is about to drop a mixtape entitled 'Finding Dakota Williams'. Y'all may know Tony from Kanye's recent tours, plus he's been the main voice behind the majority of 'Ye's tracks over the years. Plus, y'all might even know him from the recent collaboration with Cee & Bekah on the remix of his single 'Dreaming Of Your Love'. Can't wait for this one!
Yup. It sure as hell ain't.
The Kanye West Glow in the Dark Tour (which shouldn't really have been billed as such; that's what it was called last year and this was a totally different show) most definitely brought it back, or at least Nas did. We got there a bit late and missed openers Kid Cudi and Consequence, which I was pretty disappointed about. Scribe did his thing; he was never much of a performer but he has some anthems that always go down well, plus he held it down in what could be his first arena show.
Nas is probably the last of my Hip Hop idols that I have yet to see live; until last night that is. And dude didn't disappoint. 'Illmatic' is my fave album of all time, and he did a medley of 'New York State of Mind', 'It Ain't Hard To Tell', 'Represent', 'One Love' and 'Life's A Bitch' before getting into standout tracks from damn near all of his back catalogue.
Nas also isn't renowned as a quality live performer but just his presence was enough; the band was dope and it seemed like there was a lot of happy Hip Hop heads in the mostly white, suburban, teenage girl, pop-friendly crowd.
So, to 'Yeezy. This is the fourth time I've seen dude live, and every time, if nothing else, it's entertaining as hell. The production value was at a similar level to his set at Good Vibrations earlier in the year, with a massive lit up backdrop and stage pulsating with the music.
Contrary to popular belief, and Kanye's recent interview with extraHit mag, dude actually rocked half the '808s & Heartbreak' album, opening with 'Paranoid', and throwing in 'Welcome To Heartbreak', 'Amazing', 'Love Lockdown' and 'Heartless', all of which went down incredibly well, even with the autotuned mic.
The obligatory slew of hits was performed, as is necessary with a radio-friendly crowd, most of whom probably didn't own any of his albums (or at least not 'College Dropout'). The old Kanye blended well with the new Kanye, as he often utilised the autotune when performing his back catalogue of hits; most of the time, it worked well.
Some dick in the crowd threw a glow stick at 'Ye at one point, and he went off at them, in rhyme, using the autotune. 'What if it hit me in my pretty ass face?' he screamed, half serious. 'Do you wanna fuck this up for everyone? Make yourself known, come up here and I'll smack you in your fuckin' face'. Gold.
The only criticism would be his lengthy interludes at the end of tracks, where he improvised and just kept on singing. If I was sitting down and didn't have sweaty tools pushing me, it'd be aight, but since we'd been standing for a hot minute, it got a bit frustrating.
All up, an amazing show from both Nas and 'Ye. Worth every cent of the $140. Click on the images to check out Nas' MySpace and Kanye's blog.
Yes sir! Tonight, finally, 'Ye's 'Glow In The Dark' tour is coming to Melbourne city! The whole Movement Fam will be in attendance. And not only is Kanye doing his thing, his cousin Tony Williams will be singing backup (more on Tony later), PLUS Nas is opening! Goddamn, about time he came Down Under. Also, Scribe, Kid Cudi and Consequence are rockin' lil sets.
Should be an amazing night; we got gold floor tickets right up the front so hopefully we'll have some dope flicks. There'll no doubt be a report online tomorrow.
Oh and in the mean time, click the image to read the review of the European leg of the tour on my man Kev's blog.
Aight man, holla then...