Going Gangster

I’ve probably seen six rap concerts in my lifetime. Three of which were awesome and three of which were ultimately forgettable. The list goes as follows:

- Nelly feat. The St. Lunatics
- Atomsphere
- Matisyahu
- Snoop Dogg feat. The Funk-a-delics
- J Cole
- Asher Roth (Shh! Don’t tell anybody.)

I think it would suffice to say that I fall into the occasional rap fan category. I enjoy all types of music, but more times than not I usually prefer music that features a guitar or two. But that’s not to say when offered free tickets to a rap concert, I would turn them down. No way! Especially not when that concert is Bone Thugs N Harmony. Well, I should say Bone Thugs N Harmony featuring Krayzie and Wish Bone because, apparently, Layzie and Bizzie Bone were too lazy and busy to make it. Sorry, terrible joke.

For those of you that might be too young or are pretty clueless when it comes to rap groups, Bone Thugs N Harmony is from Cleveland, Ohio and formed in 1991. My first experience with Bone Thugs came in the form of their second album, E. 1999 Eternal, which was given to me as a birthday gift by my sixth grade girlfriend (yes, she was a tad cooler than me). I specifically remember coming home from school the day she gave it to me and blasting the popular song “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” as loud as I could on my CD player. I did this for a couple of days straight until my mom started to realize the lyrics on E. 1999 Eternal weren’t exactly middle school friendly and that I wasn’t listening the the newest Christian rap sensation. As it turns out, Bone Thugs’ music contains lots of swearing, references to drugs and possibly murder. Not really the type of music a mother of a 13 year old boy would want her son listening to. All in all, my new Bone Thugs CD lasted for about a week and a half before it was confiscated and broken in half. I think that goes to show how gangster I really was in the sixth grade. Nevertheless, the chance to see them preform live and for free was not going to be wasted, even if it came a couple rap members short and about 15 years too late.

On the surface this concert seemed like a money grab as it only featured two original members. This was all but confirmed when I saw the sign below hanging near the concert t-shirts. But, like I said before, these tickets were FREE .

As expected the concert wasn’t exactly a full out rap party. It alternated between being fun and nostalgic to mildly amusing to downright cringe-worthy. At times, I found myself sort of getting into some of the songs. But, in all honesty, I probably had more fun people watching than I did listening to what was actually happening on stage. I suppose that’s not a ringing endorsement of the concert, but I’m not enough of a rap aficionado to objectively judge anyway. So, while I enjoyed re-living the rap memories of my youth and hearing a sweet rendition of “Tha Crossroads”, after an hour and a half I was ready go home and head to bed. Either, I’m getting too old or I’m not as gangster as I once was. I’m guessing It’s the latter.