So last night I went to see Chiddy Bang at TCJN (The College of New Jersey) with some of my friends. Like all Chiddy concerts, it was a great show and a great time, but before I let you guys get some of the concert details, I need to go off on a quick tangent.
To anyone in any sort of programming board in college who schedules concerts, PLEASE, I repeat, PLEASE do not schedule the event in a venue with assigned seats. 1. It completely kills the mood. 2. It makes the show less intimate and 3. People don’t sit where their seat is supposed to be anyway.
The opening act for the show, which some of you guys may have heard of, is the mash-up duo The Jane Doze. I’d like to take this next sentence to personally apologize to them. The energy in the building was awful. It had nothing to do with the music, the girls did a fine job of maxing and mashing, and they did do a little bit of jumping around to try to get the room energized, but when people can’t dance, watching two girls stand at their macs and hit some buttons occasionally gets kind of boring. Also, it might just be me, but it seems like some mashup artists don’t do anything while they are on stage (this is in general, not aimed at the Jane Doze), and are seemingly content with hitting play on something they have already mashed and then standing there while it plays out. For all I know, they could have been on facebook their whole set, (although maybe they were on CMB finding new music).
Ok, anyways, when Chiddy and Xaphoon showed up, it became a whole different venue. Still not great, due to the seating arrangment, but passable. Everyone was on their feet, people were energized, and the show started off great with Chiddy coming out to “Under the Sheets” off of the Air Swell Mixtape. This seems to be the common opener for most Chiddy Bang shows, as several of my friends have seen him multiple times (this was only my second). From there, Chiddy and Xaph played some of the big songs off of the Air Swell Mixtape, The Swelly Express, and Peanut Butter and Swelly. Humorous as always, Chiddy gave everyone a few quick words about sex in college before going in on Baby Roulette.
After that, it started getting to the good stuff. As you all should know, Chiddy is a master a freestyling, and it has been a part of his show long before he set the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous freestyle. At last nights show, thanks to some bizarre audience suggestions rapped about Rosie O’Donell, rolling spliffs, gorillas on mars, zucchinis, delta zeta, the college of new jersey and possibly something else, I don’t remember. Chiddy also treated us to a new track off of breakfast entitled “Talking to Myself” The song is dope, let me tell you, and just that alone has me excited for the rest of Breakfast. The show continued on with some other songs, which I don’t feel like listing, before the last and probably best 4 songs of the evening. First, Xaphoon channeled his inner rapper, taking the role of Big Sean in Too Fake, which was great. It proceeded with Mind Your Manners, Ray Charles (the first single from the album) and Opposite of Adults, the song that made them famous. The guys then returned for an encore and played Truth before departing for the night.
So here are my parting thoughts (for any of you who read all of this)
1. Go see a Chiddy Bang show, its a great experience and the guys put on one hell of a show
2. I got a drumstick from Xaphoon, which will go in my collection with the one I got from the Hoodie Allen concert
3. Hold concerts in venues without seats
4. Buy Breakfast when it comes out
5. Parting gift from Xaphoon (one of the kids I was with knows him personally)