LastNight: Ghostface Killah, Rakim at Mezzanine

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Friday, Nov. 2, 2007 at the Mezzanine
Better than: Harold Melvin without the Blue Notes
Download: Mighty Healthy

Ay yo, son. Let me tell you what went down last night at the Ghostface Killah and Rakim show, god.

These dudes were like, playing with this band, right?

I was like, "Yo son, I didn't come thru to see no Roots, son!"

But on the real, check it:

This band was on point like Steve Nash, son!

The Rhythm Roots All-stars kept beat the whole night, and these dudes were real nice, son. Especially for Ghost. Tony Starks wore chains that looked like overgrown Monopoly game pieces, and they didn’t slow him down one bit, son. It dawned on me that Ghostface has been packin' those 1970's soul beats for a good minute— the type of shit that Cam'ron can only wish he sounded like, son. P Tone’s been spittin’ that hot verse on Al Green, Sam Cooke and Delfonics samples for so long, it made a lot of sense to go ahead and stick him with a band for once, god. It wasn’t like these dudes were no slouches. They come from the land of L.A.—the turf that brought you crazy good funk/soul players. I even heard these dudes played with dope soulcats like Breakestra and Madlib’s Sound Directions, son. So you know they came correct when it was time to bust out “Apollo Kids”, son.

So then, right after an ODB tribute and Ghost’s “Cream” verse, Ghostface got all these chickenheads to take the stage and shake some ass, right? But yo god, Starks must’ve been trippin, cus he got the band to play classy shit like Dawn Penn’s “You Don’t Love Me (No No No)” and the Delfonics’ “La-La Means I love You.” Really though, these hoochies would have been better off dancing to Spank Rock and Benny Blanco’s “Loose,” son.

Ay yo, then Rakim came out, son. Dude is legendary and all, but for some reason just couldn’t get the band to sound as good as they did for P Tone. I think it’s because Ghost’s old soul beats are perfect for a band’s translation, but Eric B’s samples and breaks bump way better on wax, son. For real, the only track that got good treatment from the band was “Mahogany,” but that was only because it samples Al Green’s “I’m So Glad You’re Mine.” I mean Rakim was aight, but word god, Ghostface got the party going, and even got some hood rats on stage. It was enough for him to say, “I might just pull my dick out, son!”

Say word, son.

Critic's Notebook:
Personal Bias: Cash rules everything around me
Random Detail: Thankfully, Ghostface did not pull his dick out.
--Oscar Pascual


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