Friday, August 12, 2011

Heineken Green Room Presents: Wale at the TLA

Thursday, August 11th, Wale took Philadelphia by storm. South Street traffic was nearly at a standstill as hundreds of people piled into the TLA to see Maybach Music Group's own hit the stage at the Heineken Red Star Access concert. Doors were slated to open at nine, but we all know these things never go 100% as planned. The line was sloppy but security was tight. The entry procedure was simple: Heineken Greenroom members were allowed to RSVP for them and a guest. Aside from Wale, the talented DJ D-Nice, and host Rosa Acosta, the perks of this concert included free food and, yes, you guessed it, FREE HEINEKEN ALL NIGHT!
As we entered the venue, Heineken models were there on the 'green' carpet greeting us, ready to take pictures with the guests. DJ D-Nice kept us entertained with his set made up of old school and new school hits. If there's one area I had no complaints in, the music was it. DJ D-Nice did his thing and I think everyone who was there will agree with me. The flyer read that Def Jam's own Adrienne Bailon would be hosting the event. I know her as Chanel from the Cheetah girls but regardless she wasn't present; Rosa Acosta was the host in her place. I don't think anyone seemed to notice or maybe I'll simply speak for myself because I know I didn't notice.
 Twitter was in somewhat of a frenzy once the clock struck eleven and Wale still hadn't hit the stage. "Fyi..I wanna go on stage right now too" he tweeted at 11:02 pm.....I think people at home were more concerned than we were. We had free Heineken and hoagies, why would we ever complain?

Wale finally hit the stage and the crowd went crazy. I tried to twitpic him on stage, for the fans of course, and he caught me mid tweet. I was beyond embarrassed as he stopped his set and approached me. I'M SORRY! :)

He performed a lot of favorites and his energy was ridiculous. Then again after sitting idle for as long as he did I'd probably have a ton of energy too. He took us up and down, performing 'Diary' '90210' 'Nike Boots' 'Pretty Girls' and a few others including one of his newest singles 'Bait', which he predicted to be a hit in the clubs sooner than later. Much love to his DJ but if he had a Go-Go band with him the show would have been ten times more live! He had a lot of crowd participation and he was surprised they knew a lot of his newer tracks. He even jumped into the crowd twice!

MMG and Philadelphia's ownMeek Mill was in NY so there was no special appearance from him like many predicted. However, Wale did represent for his label mate and he encouraged the crowd to rhyme along with him to Meek's 'summer anthem' "I'm a Boss". And, although Meek wasn't one of them, there were a couple special appearances! Wale brought out Black Colbain, fellow DMV rapper signed to The Board Administration, which Wale co-founded. He also brought out Philadelphia's own Young Chris. Both special guests got the crowd going and I enjoyed the addition!

It probably takes you more time to read this review than Wale spent on stage but the wait for the performance was worth it! Plus I drank free Heinekenwhile I watched one of my favorite rappers perform. Sounds like a good combination to me! More pix + video of the show below! 

-- Nola Darling

Note: Photos not marked are via Wire Image.

Monday, August 8, 2011

REVIEW: Janet Jackson 'Number Ones, Up Close & Personal' Tour

This Monday, Janet Jackson hit the stage at The Tower Theater for her 'Number 1s, Up Close and Personal' tour. No opening acts, no collaborations, and no disappointments. If you've ever been to The Tower then you know how intimate of a venue it is. The stage was low and the crowd was close. The latecomers crept in as the show kicked off with a video performance of 'I Get Lonely', and the crowd rose to their feet! As it turns out, 'I Get Lonely' was the song that was dedicated to the City of Brotherly Love. On every tour stop, Janet dedicated a selected number one song to the city. Janet came out and her energy was undeniable.

I had to check the year. I was surprised. No disrespect to a legend but Penny aint as young as she used to be ya'll.

She performed various crowd movers or 'number one's' ('All Night With Me', 'The Pleasure Principle', 'Control', 'What Have You Done For Me Lately', etc.,) and the crowd stayed on their feet! Cell phones, cameras, and hands in the air as everyone moved to the beat! I'm a blogger not a rapper, that rhyme was unintentional but my point has been made. After performing 'Miss You Much' she screamed, "Is that the end?!" The crowd screamed "No!" in response, and she went into a less raunchy than usual performance of one of my favorites, 'Nasty'. Her dancers showed OFF! Then again they showed off the entire show.

She took her jacket off and rested her vocals as the audience watched various clips of her on screen performances, including her start as Penny on "Good Times" and one of her most strongest performances ever in "Why Did I Get Married".

She came back to us and slowed it down as she sat down to perform 'Nothing', and 'Come back to Me'.
She invited the crowd to sing along and we all rose to our feet and sang 'Let's Wait Awhile', Another one of my favorites by the way! She got out of her seat and walked across the stage singing with us. Talk about intimate! And might I add she stayed on key. Then again its Janet ; we'd be surprised if she DIDN'T stay on key! She kept us entertained during her vocal breaks too. The crowd marveled at the backdrop as pictures of her flashed across the screen. The concert was entitled 'Up Close and Personal' and these pictures added a great touch and a great distraction from the fact that she wasn't on stage.

The band rocked out with a medley and Janet came back with 'Doesn't Matter' and the crowd rose to their feet once again! I give Janet her props! As a matter of fact, if you were in the crowd kudos to you too because what's a live performance without an even liver crowd.

I'm convinced she forgot a couple of the lyrics to 'It's All for You' but she bounced back smooth and this is one of my favorites so I held my weight where she slipped and that's all that matters. JANET, IF YOU'RE READING, THIS I HAD YOUR BACK! The band switched the beat up and Janet, Ms. Jackson if you're nasty, rocked out during one of her many dance breaks. She gave it to us. I have no complaints. I almost shed a tear at the end when "everywhere i go, every smile i see, i know you are there smiling back at me..." echoed through the speakers and pictures of her and her brother flashed across the screen.

She introduced her band and dancers, and I was excited to see a few Philadelphia faces.

So she didn't change her clothes but at least she took her jacket off and rocked the stage. I kept my 'Control' jacket on and I got my money's worth so we're even. No one around me had any complaints either so this concert was a success if you ask me.

---Nola Darling

"Philly you are so special to me, to not just me but my family, I remember when I was a kid my brothers would always tell me about the love they would get when they performed in Philadelphia..."

Head over to Live Nation to see if Janet is coming to a city near you!

Friday, August 5, 2011

EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes of Meek Mill (I'm a Boss) Video

Hey guys! For those of you who missed it, this past Thursday, August 4th,Meek Mill took over the streets of Philly with his MMG team as they shot the video for his single 'I'm A Boss'.

Referred to as a 'summer anthem' Meek's 'I'm A Boss' echoed through the streets of North Philly as we saw cameos from Wale, Rick Ross, Ace Hood, Catya (Bad Girls Club), Beanie Sigel, Young Chris, Dave Patten, and various others!

iSocialite has some exclusive behind the scenes pictures and video for those of you who just can't wait for the world premiere!

And did I mention the video was directed by PHILADELPHIA's OWN Benny Boom?! How could I forget that! Check out the pics below! Video coming soon!

---Nola Darling

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