Sunday rapped it up for NXNE
A literal display of the dichotomy of black and white rap, the two headliners for Sunday night of NXNE were none other than the perverse Mickey Avalon and the ludicrously talented veteran from Atlanta, Ludacris.
Ludacris was subbed it in the weeks just before NXNE, as it was supposed to be Big Boi of Outkast, also from Atlanta, on stage. Big Boi suffered from a knee injury and couldn’t make the show.
The fans didn’t seem to mind one bit.
You might be wondering how the crowd was still able to go out and party after the four previous days of non-stop shows, but luckily the shows at YDS were sponsored by Monster Energy, who was out not only to supply free drinks to the crowd, but also spin tunes with their own DJ between sets. The show never stopped at YDS Sunday.Ludacris threw down his biggest hits, new and old, like “What’s Your Fantasy,” “Southern Hospitality,” and “Number One Spot.” He also gave a shout out to the 416 when introducing his pimping single “Area Codes.”
Known for his aggressive emphasis on vocals during verses and his uncanny ability to control a crowd, he livened up YDS from beginning to end, featuring a live band to perform the beats to his best known songs. It was a nice live setting for a seasoned studio artist and veteran stage setter, and the backing of Lil Fate from his Disturbing Tha Peace crew was a welcomed addition.
Although, some were disappointed with chunks of Ludacris’ performance on Sunday night, it was still a sight to behold at YDS, a venue known for boasting big names and big crowds alike during these annual events.
Possibly because it was a free show, or maybe because fans were expecting Big Boi initially, who knows, but Luda was criticized for not bringing his “A” game on this night.
I’d say synoptically, that he started off soft and easy and finished hard and strong. He managed to jam quite a few starlit songs into his hour set.The day was opened by Mickey Avalon, the California rapper known for his lyrical themes of drugs, prostitutes, and grotesque self-proclamations of his male fortitude (remember his first single, “My Dick?”)
Considering his mother was a dope dealer and his dad was a heroin junkie (a lifestyle for which Avalon prostituted himself out to finance the habit for a number of years before cleaning up as a musician,) he did pretty well for himself, don’t you think?
He was a Sunday afternoon delight for the non-faint at heart fans out there that enjoy dirty rap. Completely uncensored and uninhibited, Avalon sang through his playlist of racy raps such as the fore-mentioned track, “Jane Fonda,” “Stroke Me,” “I Like it Raw,” and so on.
He took the time after his set to mingle with the crowd, signing autographs and taking photos with fans at the merchandise tables soliciting his wares. As you can tell, self-deprication is one of his noted humour tactics. The other acts that performed between these two were: Deniro Farrar, The Underachievers, Fat Tony, Smif N’ Wessun, and 18-year-old Joey Bada$$.
Story by Devin Size, photos by Tee Onek.