The HipHopGods Tour Diary by Lord Kel

The HipHopGods Classic Tourfest Revue blasted off Thursday, November 28th at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. and continued on the 29th at Irving Plaza in New York.

Awesome Dre came out to warm up the crowd and left the club boiling. As the man stalked the stage going through his greatest hits, he made everybody in the crowd feel like they were at home in Detroit.

Up next was the legendary Son of Bazerk and No Self Control. They put on a hip hop show like no other...if the late, great James Brown was an MC, this is the kind of show he would have put on.

Wise Intelligent jumped up on stage next and kept the energy going with a set full Poor Righteous Teachers classics and flawless solo material. The legendary MC closed out his set with his newest joint, the instant classic "I Said It" complete with live African drumming.

Dinco D held it down for Leaders Of The New School with a solo set featuring all the LONS classic material and a couple of new joints too. He does the work of four and he does it well, perhaps that the way it was meant to be.

In the middle, we get Monie Love, and I promise, the world is going to fall in love with her all over again. She rocks stage like she's 20 and you won't believe her when she tells her age...but you know she's official once she starts rockin' those classics.

Then, Philly legend Schoolly D came out and gave the crowd classic after classic from "Gucci Time" to "PSK", and he even brought out Doodlebug of Digable Planets for some new music featuring live guitar.

The "Grand Verbalizer" Brother J and X-Clan brought back the conscious vibe playing old and music music from their long career and closed out their set with everybody's favorite Professor X quote "vanglorious!".

As PE began to take the stage, in D.C. the legendary Davy DMX got behind the wheels and gave the crowd a taste of "One for the Treble". After that, Chuck, Flav, Griff and the BaNNed exploded onto the stage with "Public Enemy #1" and continued with a slew of classics like "911 is a Joke", "Bring the Noise" and "Welcome to the Terrordome". They even brought their newest classics, the massive hit "Harder Than You Think" and, from their latest album "Most of my Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp", "I Shall Not Be Moved". PE closed their set with "Fight the Power" and left crowd satisfied after more than 3 hours of real classic Hip Hop.

All that and it's only the first couple dates of the tour...and they're just getting started! This is the type of show that the critics said couldn't happen, but it's happening and they are killing it every night.

DJ Johnny Juice spins most of the show and Chuck D hosts, talking to each artist in between their sets, like Soul Train or American Bandstand introducing and re-introducing the world to Hip Hop's true legends.

This is NOT old school, this is classic Hip Hop, and like classic artists of all genres, they don't stop and they don't go away. They all have extensive catalogs of quality music throughout their careers, old and new, and they put on better performances with more energy than these 20 year old rap "stars" every night.

If you ain't checkin' for The HipHopGods Classic Tourfest Revue, you ain't Hip Hop. So check the dates and time. "Yeah...I SAID IT!"

- Lord Kel for

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