Why Are People Still Paying To See Lauryn Hill In Concert?

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OPINION- The beautiful and talented Lauryn Hill, continues to make things difficult for herself. The place of Ms. Hill (hey she likes to be called that), latest shenanigans is in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ms. Hill was supposed to have her happy ass on the Chastain Park Amphitheater stage, by 8 p.m. Well if one has been following Ms. Hill’s concert arrival times, since the Rohan Marley love affair, everyone knows she is always late. You see, Ms. Hill takes being late as a Black person to another dimension of tardiness that even we can’t seem to understand or even participate in; we can’t compete. It’s so bad, that if one was going to be more than one-hour late, they simply need to text: “I’m going to be Lauryn Hill late, so we may have to reschedule.”

Ms. Hill finally arrived at the stage at 10:20 pm and performed a few songs, until the 11 p.m. cut off time. When Ms. Hill finally arrived on stage, a chorus of boos erupted from the crowd, and Ms. Hill claimed her driver got lost. Well after hearing the criticism and being dragged all over social media, Ms. Hill released a statement:

I don’t show up late to shows because I don’t care. And I have nothing but Love and respect for my fans. The challenge is aligning my energy with the time, taking something that isn’t easily classified or contained, and trying to make it available for others. I don’t have an on/off switch. I am at my best when I am open, rested, sensitive and liberated to express myself as truthfully as possible. For every performance that I’ve arrived to late, there have been countless others where I’ve performed in excess of two hours, beyond what I am contracted to do, pouring everything out on the stage.

Because I care so deeply about the artistic process, I scrutinize, have perfectionist tendencies, and want space made for spontaneity, which is not an easy process, with the many moving parts on the road.

Some days we are more successful than others re time. However, the vitality that is infused into the performances is always appreciated by the audiences, who may not know exactly what it took to accomplish. What hasn’t been touched upon by the media, I’m sure, are the hundreds of people who rushed the stage and stayed in excess of an hour after the show ended last night, just to connect.

Our challenge is to figure out the best way to accommodate the vitality, spontaneity, and spirit that make the performances worthwhile and special to begin with, while also making that experience available and accessible to others. If I didn’t Love and respect the art, I wouldn’t be doing this. The audience and I should have that in common.

My true audience knows emphatically that I care. It isn’t possible to affect people in any deep and meaningful way without putting sacrificial time in.

I have nothing but Love and appreciation for the fans in Atlanta, and regret not being able to give you a full show. We are figuring out a plan to make it up to you, and will announce details as soon as we have them.

Respectfully,

MLH

Is Ms. Hill waiting for the stars to align to gather enough energy to bring her butt to the stage? Someone is better off transporting her a bowl of Lucky Charms, and tell her that will be her signal to perform because that’s the closest one will get to stars, rainbows, and scientific energy. Better yet, someone, please burn some incense in front of her dressing room or in the limo and let her know it’s now perfect to go on stage as she becomes spiritually ready. What’s her excuse next? All this mumbo-jumbo doesn’t make much sense, and the only advice Ms. Hill should take is to make an appointment to see her therapist.

One has to be crazy to purchase tickets to see Lauryn Hill. The late 90’s Lauryn Hill has evaporated and will not be coming back (It’s like the backpack Kanye), so why even waste time in spending one’s hard earn money to watch an empty stage for over an hour? One would be better off hearing Pras recite his verse to “Ghetto Superstar” or Wyclef verse on “We Trying To Stay Alive” because that is the closest one will ever get to see a Fugee that will arrive on time. Let’s be honest; these shenanigans never took place at a Michael Jackson, or Prince concert and they were ten-times more talented than Ms. Hill.

Ms. Hill has lost all sense of reality, and by her erratic and downright nonsensical statement, it’s confirmed. Why waste time and money on someone who apparently doesn’t care about her fans? When one stops buying tickets to her shows, and her money dwindles, then maybe she will show respect and start arriving at her shows on time. If one continues to purchase tickets to see Ms. Hill and then complains when she is late, one has no one to blame but themselves. It’s time to send Ms. Hill star up to the hip-hop legendary rafters as the rapper who was such a talented and bright star, who faded to obliviation to no one’s fault but her own.

-Ms. Scripture

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Note To Janet Jackson: Just Cancel The Concert Already!

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Janet Jackson Unbreakable Tour

OPINION – By now, many of Janet Jackson fans have heard the great news (well for some not so great, but we will get to that in a minute), that she is “postponing” her Unbreakable tour to start a family. When I heard the news, I thought it was great she is having a baby, and since this would be the 2nd time, Janet has reneged concerning her tour that I purchased tickets for, then, this time, I’m surely getting a refund right?

Well, there are some good news and bad news for those who purchased concert tickets. There were reports that Janet Jackson is not refunding those who bought tickets to her show through Ticketmaster. Well, social media was not playing that game with Mrs. Jackson. Sure, Janet is very iconic in every sense of the word and is music royalty, but that doesn’t mean Janet Jackson’s “Velvet Rope” will not get dragged all over social media by the millions with emphasis on those who purchased her concert tickets.

After a few days, the word is that Ticketmaster will be refunding tickets. I didn’t call Ticketmaster to seek a refund as of yet, but all of that remains to be seen.  Scanning social media, not everyone will receive their money back thanks to Janet Jackson’s use of the word “postponement”. The dilemma that I have and others are that not only did I purchased tickets through Ticketmaster, I also went and purchased a pair through StubHub. If one has any experience with StubHub, that means that if the artists don’t say an event is cancelled, but postponed then the ticket holder is stuck with the ticket(s).

I don’t know what planet Janet Jackson thinks we are on, but no one (unless one is a rabid fan) is going to sit here and wait for her to make up her mind when she decides to get back on the stage. Live Nation is reporting that the concert will take place in 2017, and therefore this is one of the reasons why Stubhub refuses to issue out refunds. Let’s be real; Janet isn’t going to get on that concert stage to say I love you, much less sing songs from her Unbreakable album and her greatest hits. By the time Janet hits the stage again, her baby will be 18-years-old and on his/her way to college.

Does Janet expect us to believe that she is either giving birth this year, or if she is even projected to have a baby in 2016 and get ready to hit the road and leave her freshly born baby in 2017, so she can parade around on the stage? We know good and damn well Janet is done, she isn’t coming back in 2017, it’s a wrap, so why not say the concert is cancelled so everyone can get their money back and not just some ticket holders?

Anything can happen in 2017, concerning those that can’t obtain a refund. Let’s see; death comes to mind, or other scenarios that will cause those who can’t make it.  What makes things more aggravating is that fans purchased tickets in 2015 and now they probably won’t see her until 2017 (don’t hold your breath). Janet needs to understand; people paid money (large amounts of money) to see her perform and are sick and tired of the postponements.

Do us all a favor Janet and show some integrity; we won’t think any less of you, but if you keep up with the shenanigans, you going to lose a lot of fans for being selfish. Many people can use that refund money to see El Debarge in concert for instance (no shade, just being honest he is performing soon) or attend another event. Now it’s beyond ridiculous now, after so many delays and it’s best just to announce a cancellation.  I don’t think the avoidance of using the word cancellation has anything to do with keeping people’s money (she is already a billionaire) it is to save face because her concert ticket and Unbreakable music sales were already dismal.

Janet Jackson needs to stop playing with fans money and get with the program and use the word cancellation. If not, she is risking hurting her legacy as the curtain draws to a close to her past illustrious career. I guess, she rather risks that, than to appease her fans who supported her for decades.

-Ms Scripter

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Kanye & ATQC Concert in NYC: The Good, The Bad, and Bizzare

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atcqOPINION – New York City, home of Madison Square Garden hosted Kanye West and a Tribe Called Quest last night. ATCQ announced that this will be the last time they will perform together, and that was the main reason why my friends and I attended the concert in the first place. ATCQ was always blaring from my Sony Walkman when I took the bus to go to school, and I never saw them live, so this was a dream come true (so I thought).

When we arrived the first thing I noticed was the racial demographics of the audience. One could count on their hands how many Black people were in attendance, so that was a sign as to what was in store for us. If Black folks were a no show to a hip hop concert, that speaks volumes. In all fairness, ATCQ was booked late, so many people found out at the last minute they were the opening act.

When ATCQ arrived on stage, they were all given separate introductions, from Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Phife Dog, and Q-Tip. When they all were on stage my friends, and I went crazy, not the audience. They were either sitting down, or talking and appeared disinterested in who was on the stage. That was another sign that I was in a building full of non hip hop fans, which didn’t know or appear to care that ATCQ was performing. Most of the songs ATCQ performed were off their classic Midnight Marauders album. From “Sucka Ni**a”, “Electric Relaxation”, “Award Tour”, etc.  When they got up to “Scenario”, Buster Rhymes came on the stage to assist with his normal animated self. Then the most talked about performance was the “Bonita Applebum” woman parading around the stage holding a sign that read “38, 24,37”.

While I was watching ATCQ performed, I noticed a few things:  MSG officials were not giving ATQC their respect, by not placing the monitors on for those who refused to break the bank to be in the front row. Secondly, Q-Tip’s microphone appeared to be something that is used at a Karaoke session and not a concert. One couldn’t hear him clearly enough. Lastly, I was trying to figure out if the audience was reenacting a corpse that was killed for the 2nd time like on the series the “Walking Dead”. Even Q-Tip was trying to get them to look alive and hinted it during their performance.

ATCQ was better off opening for someone else, Kanye West wasn’t the right choice, but folks have to eat, and I respect that. If one were there, fans witness a group that didn’t get a fair shot at being provided with the tools to make it a good show, and that was a huge disservice to them and their fans.  I am begging for ATCQ to do it one more time at a venue where real hip hop fans can appreciate what they have done for the genre, but by the looks of things within the group, I doubt it.

Kanye tourAfter waiting a little while, Kanye showed up on stage with a theme that reminded me of a cult. All I saw was a bunch of white males and females in robes walking around in a group. I thought a human sacrifice was about to take place.  It had a Catholic Roman church theme to it, but nothing was holy about this theme.  I just sat there (yes I sat down) in bewilderment. Kanye does try to be different with his presentation, but I knew from the beginning this was not going to be for me. MSG decided to put the monitors on for Kanye, I guess ATCQ wasn’t important enough to receive that privilege.  I didn’t know whether to run to the concession stand to see if they had Holy Water available or sit down and pray. Yeah, I know this is supposed to be art, but it was creepy. Most of his songs were off of his last album initially (which I can’t stand except for the song “Blood on the Leaves”). The crowd was alive for him, especially for his songs he performed from his last album (see where this is going). Then Kanye started to go off on a tirade and ramble for 20 minutes (yes that long!) I didn’ t know what to think of it, or whether I was witnessing a breakdown, or he was using the audience as a therapy session. Kanye kept rambling about wanting to design furniture, but Marc Jacobs ruin it for him and Pharrell. Then he went on to say that he owes this all to Lenny Kravitz, (see where this is going). I sure wish he would have said he owes this all to African Bambaattaa, but I’m asking for too much, huh? Then he continued to complain about the media. At this point, even his own audience sat and waited for him to be done, but some people began to leave.

For the majority of the show, Kanye wore the mask and took it off only when “white Jesus” arrived on stage and placed his hand on Kanye’s head, then he performed “Jesus Walks”. Kanye made sure to tell the audience this was “white Jesus”. It is safe to say that Kanye is attempting to be a rock star (he even said he is one) and not a hip hop artist. By the look of that audience and his presentation, I see whom Kanye is pandering too.  If one, is into abstract art, then one would love this show. I will say this again, if one were looking for a real hip hop concert, one didn’t find it here, unless it was ATCQ performing. Despite the technical difficulties they did good and was the highlight of the night.

This new Kanye is delusional, with an inflated narcissistic characteristic on the stage, and off. That would be the last time I attend his show, but the more I think about it Kanye doesn’t want folks like me at his show. Maybe that’s why he didn’t want to perform too many songs that reminded us of his blazer wearing, back pack days. Those were the good old days, where he actually appeared to have some sense and was spitting some knowledge and pulling up his pants –  that Kanye is gone, and as a fan I’m gone too…

-Ms Scripter

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Enter to Win A Pair of Kanye West with Kendrick Lamar Concert Tickets at NYC – MSG

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Kanye and Kendrick LamarFor-The-Masses and Fans of Hip Hop The Diary will like to thank the many supporters who have shared, re-tweeted and provided us with feedback since the creation of this site. What better way to acknowledge your support by giving back and it's around the holidays, which makes it even more special. We are giving our readers a chance to win a pair of Kanye West concert tickets, who is accompanied by Kendrick Lamar at Madison Square Garden, NYC on Nov 23, 2013 at 8:00pm. Just follow the instructions below, tell all your friends and associate, so one can improve their odds. Thanks again, for your continued support.

 

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Kendrick Lamar Concert in NYC: Where Some Shenanigans Overshadowed a Good Performance

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Kendrick in WilliamsburgBROOKLYN – Williamsburg Park was the venue that was set for Kendrick Lamar to perform for the first time since he called out rappers to step their game up and stated he was King of New York. I was excited to check out Kendrick in concert, not because I’m a fan of attending hip hop concerts (I’m not), but I wanted to finally get a feel if Kendrick has the stage presence to coincide with his lyricism. I also wanted to get a feel a feel of the young crowd and to gather more notes for the book I’m writing called Fans of Hip Hop: The Diary Volume 1.

I was in attendance with two girlfriends of mine and arrived on line to enter the venue around 4:30PM. Unfortunately, security wouldn’t allow anyone in until a little over 6:00PM (even though the time for the performance on the ticket was slated for 5:30PM). I figured since I go to concerts on occasion an artist never arrives to perform on time, so I was expecting Kendrick to be on stage about 6:3opm to 7:00pm tops – boy was I wrong, but we will get to that later.

Mediocrity began when we were going through security. One glaring factor was the searches. Since, I have been involved in the planning of event security for a few years, what I notice was that it appeared that the security officers who were involved in screening and monitoring the line, must have purchased their security license through bootleggers in Chinatown. There were no women performing security that I could see who should have been patting down the ladies. When I got up to one of the officers, he made a comment on how nice my bag was and barely looked inside of it. I could have easily snuck a handgun inside and taken out a few fans (including the artists that performed on the stage). What took place in Boston at the marathon should have really tightened up security all across the board, but again being mediocre was the trend of the evening.

Bishop-NehruThe first person to hit the stage around 7pm was a cute little 17 year old boy by the name of Bishop Nehru. My first thought was seeing this pint size kid was when is Kendrick coming out, until Nehru kicked a verse. One could hear the obvious influence in Nas as I dissected his flow – which was impeccable. The Brooklyn born Nehru did a freestyle that had the crowd go crazy, and even rhymed over Wu-Tang’s “Triumph”, which I thought was a nice way of paying homage to a lot of old-school vets who at his age, couldn’t have grasp the importance of this group, but this young man did his homework.  Nehru was one of the bright spots of the evening, and if guided the right way, he may actually make some waves in hip hop.

The Black Tippy/TDE crew made an appearance (oh the joy). First it was Ab Soul who came on stage, and this is where I thought I was going to lose my lunch. Soul’s rhymes were something a toddler could garble out, and it would make more sense to me, than what Soul was trying to articulate. Soul raps like he was reciting nursery rhymes without the grammar. He did approximately over 4 songs, (I lost count, but it was too many) and I just wanted to scream to make it stop. He ended his set by stating, “where the b*tches at?” I wanted to scream back, but of course he couldn’t hear me, “where your rhymes at?” He was on stage too long and already time was ticking away, and even the crowd was getting restless and wanted him off the stage.

Jay Rock took the stage and performed some of his songs. The only thing good about Jay Rock was his collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on the song, “Money Trees”. Jay Rock was another one who performed too many songs and by the time Kendrick hit the stage it was close to 8:30PM and I was officially over it, but things got a little tense in the audience.

A Paris Hilton and Miley Cyrus groupie attempted to push their way to the front of the stage, to get closer to Kendrick. They were promptly cursed out and even pushed for even thinking about it, by some of the ladies (including my friend) who were at the front from the very beginning. Of course, the young men didn’t say anything and allow the groupies to get in front of them because their thirst superseded any attempt at enjoying Kendrick’s performance and the view of the stage – which was now obstructed. After a body check and a verbal lashing, the groupies could only mutter, “tough crowd”. I thought that was one of the funniest moments in groupie land. I will say this as far as the crowd goes. The young men that we were with (who were probably no older than their mid-twenties) were cool and engaging. They even took a shot at Drake during my interactions with them, which made me chuckle. Except for the marijuana smoking, which I can live with that) the young men knew how to act.  Unfortunately, the ladies really were acting up and would have probably been the root of a potential fight if they continued acting like groupie hoes. I blame their behavior on Love and Hip Hop, but I’ll digress.

Kendrick performed a few of his hits including, “Swimming Pools”, “B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe”, “Poetic Justice” etc. Kendrick’s stage presence is there, he is engaging with the crowd, so I give him that, which is a plus. Kendrick made sure he went at Meek Mill (even though I wouldn’t have given him  the time of day). In case one wants to know why, Meek took a shot at Kendrick on the track, “Ooh Kill Em”. Kendrick stated to the crowd the following:

“I been doing this sh*t for years. I mastered this sh*t! I have no time for irrelevant ni*fas… new ni*gas! There’s one ni*ga in particular that needs to realize that there’s ‘levels’ to this shit. I’m MOTHER F*CKIN’ KING KENDRICK!”

Meek Mill went on Twitter (which appears the norm these days when it comes to celebrities) and stated, “King of What? Somebody please tell me?” Mill was all up in Kendrick’s mentions as if was a dedicated stan, trying to get a re-tweet. Sorry, this so called beef is too boring for a stuck up rap fan like myself, but I’m sure the new millennium babies loved it.

The downside to this concert is that I know Kendrick wants his boys to eat, but not at our expense. Kendrick should have kept it real and let fans know ahead of time that these guys were performing, because if I knew that I wouldn’t have purchased a ticket. It should have read, Kendrick Lamar & The Black Tippy/TDE crew. These horrible artists performed way too many songs, I didn’t leave my house to watch them. 2 songs should have been the max, nothing more.

If one wants to see Kendrick perform live, word of caution: brace oneself for the TDE crew to come along for the ride and some shenanigans. Then before one purchases a ticket, one may have to ask themselves should I pay to see a dope lyricist with his irrelevant mediocre crew as a package deal? I will say thanks, but I’ll pass…

 

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Monifah, Lil Mo and Tweet Perform At Irving Plaza

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NEW YORK – Lil Mo, Monifah and Tweet performed for the The Kaos Party at Irving Plaza this past Friday to a sold out crowd. For-The-Masses, received the privilege to check out  the performances. Its been a while since I’ve seen these three ladies in the public eye, so I  looked forward to hearing some of their classic tunes. Monifah opened up with “I Miss You” featuring Heavy D off her Moods…Moments album. I wish the Hevster was there, but that was wishful thanking. Lil Mo sung a re-mix of “Superwomen” off her Meet the Girl Next Door album. She was not happy with the sound, and made sure the DJ was quite aware of her displeasure.  Last but not least Tweet arrived and after a two-song set ended it with “Oops (Oh My)” off her Southern Hummngbird album”. Monifah mingled with us for a little while after her performance. Here, are little snippets of their performance. Special shout out to Andre, Glo TV for the honors and showing For-The-Masses some love, it was greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

-Ms Scripter

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