Kalamazoo, MI– Music fans received a pre-weekend treat via ASAP Promotions bringing legendary artists, Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill known on stage as the Geto Boys. Kalamazoo greeting the Houston, Texas natives with an October midwest welcome.
Shakespeare’s Lower Level has become a hub for indie performing artists locally as well as nationally. Opening acts, Knights of Mayhem(K.O.M), Slim C and Ed Genesis got the crowd hyped and primed with verses of consciousness. Performing new music as well as their signature songs set the temperature gauge on HOT.
DJ Gami on the 1’s and 2’s kicking out classic jams with new music kept the crowd on the dance floor in between acts. DJ ILLMIXX “chopped it up” with his scratching skills during Ed Genesis set, that concluded with his latest track, “In My Hood” (With my Skittles and Ice Tea), a tribute to Trayvon Martin.
Phat Joe The Hypeman kept the showing moving and the audience engaged with dance showcases for the ladies in the crowd that wanted to get on the stage and put in some “twerking’. Physically there were definitely more fellas in the audience than women, but when it was time for the women to represent with a unified good time scream prompted by Phat Joe, the audio decibels went off the chart.
Can you imagine what a sardine feels like in a can? Hundreds of screaming fans in anticipation of hip hop artists that have entertained and educated with their music across the country. If you were at the show, you would have felt that exact sentiment. Many independent artists in the audience trying to catch the attention of the legends, to hold their glance for just a few seconds to acknowledge the respect and hustle of a icons that have made such an impact to hip hop.
Live at Shakespeare’s Lower Level. October 3, 2013
Performing to a practically sold out venue, platinum hip hop artists, The Geto Boys came onto the stage individually, with Scarface entering the stage and the crowd erupting in unison with enthusiasm to his classic single, “Smile”, from his fourth album, The Untouchable that featured the late Tupac”. Mind Playing Tricks On Me” from the their 1991 album, We Can’t Be Stopped to name a few.
Nearly everyone at the show were singing lyric for lyric to every song the legends dished out. Fans that have followed the Geto Boys from the start of their career to those that are catching up on their music created a life long night of memories to recall.
Some die hard fans brought in classic memorabilia to have signed. If you had a puzzled look on your face as to what that “small case was that was held in the air and waved back and forth by a fan rocking to the jams, well it was a cassette tape. That is how far back the love and music career of the The Geto Boys go.
Days of saying that there isn’t enough to do in Kalamazoo is over. ASAP Promotions continues to bring energy and positivity with the music acts that brings crowds of music fans young and old.
Mark your planners for the next show at Shakespeare’s Lower Level with Rittz, Snow Tha Product & Jarren Benton scheduled for November 22, 2013 at Shakespeare’s Lower Level.
Based out of Houston Texas, Geto Boys released their first single, “Car Freak” in 1986 followed by the groups debut album in 1988, Making Trouble.
The original “Ghetto Boys” consisted first of Raheem, The Slim Jukebox, and Sir Rap-A-Lot. When Raheem and Sir Rap-A-Lot left, the group added DJ Ready Red, Prince Johnny C, and Little Billy (the dancer who later came to be known as Bushwick Bill).
Scarface and Bushwick Bill continued with the Geto Boys as the group had members drop out to pursue solo careers.