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Article by Nathan Slavik
*all photos by Ben Simpson
Hip-hop may be deader than Britney Spear’s modeling career, but last night up-and comer Brother Ali, legendary rapper Ghostface Killah and the even more legendary MC Rakim proved hip-hop can still get live thanks to FlowTV, Ripe Digital Entertainment’s Hip Hop Live! Concert Tour. The three tight-rhyme spitters joined forces last night under the bright lights of Hollywood’s House of Blues in an effort to not only preserve hip-hop’s heart, but inspire a new generation to keep it beating for the rest of the century. Outside the venue a mile long line of BMW’s, Bentleys and Porsche's lined up, this is the Sunset Strip after all, but inside the gathering crowd was an oasis of realness in a plastic world. Plus one girl was wearing a Mexican wrestling mask and a cape. Just thought it deserved a mention.
Rakim is still the greatest of all time
After paying my surprisingly large tab (the better the show, the higher the bill) I spilled back onto the Sunset Strip with the 500 other hip-hop denizens I had been jumping next to for the last three hours. It was the kind of show you wished would never end, and as I began my well-past midnight walk home I just tried to remember the words of Ghostface Killa, “none of these mother****ers can do it like me, except Rakim.” It’s my new favorite motto, I’m thinking of having it embroidered on a pillow. The Hip-Hop Live tour will be going on until November 21, probably in your city.
Hip-hop live at the House of Blues
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