The past few weeks here in Jackson have been an art lovers paradise. The sheer number of quality events that have been going on is impressive. I’...
The past few weeks here in Jackson have been an art lovers paradise. The sheer number of quality events that have been going on is impressive.
I’m gonna take it back a little bit to Friday June 23. This was the night that The Wiz Tour hit Martin’s Bar and Grill in Downtown Jackson. Appropriately titled the Chunin Exam thanks to the dope lineup of lyrical assassins that blessed the stage. The energy was through the roof throughout the entire show and there was some real magic taking place. DJ Java held it down on turntable duties and Jay Smith was funny and kept the crowd entertained as the host.
DJ Java held it down on turntable duties with a keen mix of modern hits and throwback favorites. Jay Smith was excellent as the host. He kept the crowd entertained and laughing in-between sets.
Yung Jewelz and Flywalker kicked the evening off with some deep, lyrical flows that had heads nodding and faces frowning up as the crowd caught the detailed bars they were dropping. DevMaccc hit the stage and brought his usual swagger and charisma along with him. The crowd rapped along as he went through songs from his latest project four.twenty. Then he threw water on the audience which got a mixed reaction. He had a great set; I just wish I could have heard him perform “w/ the pack” one time for the culture.
The big homie Slimm Pusha came through and blessed us with all of his classic hits and few new cuts. Everyone rapped and sang along as he ran through “Ladyfriend” with a level of swag only the Keeper of the Groove could produce. Afterward, we got the chance to see the debut performance from Blk Crwn which is the collaborative effort of Dolla Black and Savvy. It was dope to see their synergy come alive on stage and hear them weave in and out of tracks while seamlessly passing bars back and forth. Also learned that Dolla Black can do a little bit of crooning.
Then it was time for the headliner, the Hokage of Jackson himself, SilaS. I’m sure that many people came in expecting to see the usual high-energy show for the TDID spitter but we were all in for a treat we couldn’t have possibly expected.
SilaS hit the stage with a live band and ran through tracks from all over his extensive catalog. He gave us a dope cover of Bobby Brown’s hit song
“Perogative”, which displayed his growth as an artist and his ever-expanding vocal abilities. There were lights, smoke, and constant onstage energy. Then
Then SilaS announced that he brought a special guest along for this performance, right before he brought Piccolo out to join him in doing the Mohead Swag to “I Bet You Won’t” and lead us in perfect Swag Surf session. He ended the night with a rousing performance of The Wiz which drove the crowd wild.
To see so many talented artists take the stage and leave it all there was truly a sight for sore eyes after everything that had been going on in the city. It was cleansing to go somewhere and experience nothing but good vibes and positive people.