Surprises Abound on Kings of the Mic Tour
On Wednesday night, June 12th, the Kings of the Mic Tour blew the lid off of the Modell Performing Arts Center in Baltimore, MD. The vibe in the arena gradually swelled, as the crowd filed in, and the clock neared 8:00 pm. To set an early tone for the night, DJ Chuck Chillout enthusiastically spun classic sounds from Salt ‘n’ Pepa, The Beastie Boys, and Rob Base. By the time De La Soul took the stage, the place was primed for a barrage of classic, raucous hip-hop.
De La, who could be headlining anywhere else, didn’t waste any time. They provided a strong foundation by spitting the track classics Me, Myself, and I and (“Hold up, wait a minute!) Buddy.
When Public Enemy kicked over the sound-system, and bounded on stage, it was obvious that the newly crowned Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers were ready to speak the Truth. Mr. Chuck, Flav, Griff, and DJ Lord (supported by the S1Ws and The Banned) hammered out powerful beats and lyrics, and performed a dynamic set that mixed their most recent messages with the pillars of their musical career – Rebel Without a Pause, Bring the Noise, Welcome to the Terrordome, Fight the Power, Get up/Stand Up, I Shall Not Be Moved, Can’t Truss It, and more.
Flav demonstrated his versatility by taking turns on bass and drums, most notably during a surprise appearance by Schoolly D (P.S.K. – What does it mean).
Ice Cube was next. He and WC (Dub-C) evoked a different, strong, powerful feel during their set. Honing in on the crowd’s need for classic music, these powerhouses rocked N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton, and Cube’s solo efforts - Check Yo Self and “Good Day”. The place was boiling over, when Ladies Love Cool James took center stage. With a healthy dose of DJ Z-Trip to focus the mayhem, Uncle L rose dramatically from the background. He LED OFF with Mama Said Knock You Out, and blew through the reputation-makers - Rock the Bells, Jack the Ripper, Going Back to Cali, and I’m Bad. It was then, that LL began to smooth things out a bit. Recognizing his appeal with the females, the G.O.A.T. handed out long-stem, red roses, as he crooned “I Need Love” – Eat ‘em Up, L!
What an incredible opportunity to see all these legends of hip-hop under one (raised) roof! Check the dates for the tour stop near you! - The Kings of the Mic Tour 2013.
May 23 – Ava Amphitheater – Tucson, AZ
May 24 – Hard Rock Casino – Las Vegas, NV
May 25 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – San Francisco, CA
May 26 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA
May 30 – Target Center – Minneapolis, MN
May 31 – Harrah's Council Bluffs – Stir Cove – Council Bluffs, IA
June 1 – Scottrade Center – St. Louis, MO
June 4 – Fox Theatre – Atlanta, GA
June 6 – Mahaffey Theater – Saint Petersburg, FL
June 7 – St. Augustine Amphitheatre – St. Augustine, FL
June 12 – Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric – Baltimore, MD
June 14 – Charter Amphitheatre – Simpsonville, SC
June 15 – nTelos Wireless Pavilion – Portsmouth, VA
June 16 – Durham Performing Arts Center – Durham, NC
June 18 – New Jersey Performing Arts Center – Newark, NJ
June 19 – Bank of America Pavilion – Boston, MA
June 20 – Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY
June 22 – Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center – Canandaigua, NY
June 23 – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort – Mount Pleasant, MI
June 25 – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – Cleveland, OH
June 26 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
June 27 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
July 1 – Verizon Theatre – Grand Prairie, TX
July 2 – Stubb's Waller Creek Outdoor Amphitheater – Austin, TX
July 3 – Bayou Music Center – Houston, TX
July 5 – Essence Music Festival – New Orleans, LA