Raekwon - Revolution Live - April 6

with Freddie Gibbs
Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale
April 6, 2012

Better than: Growing up on the New York Times side.

Stepping into Revolution Live around 9 p.m., you'd expect the venue emptier than a desert. But this show was for the grown folks, not for the baby-aged rap fans. We arrive early.

Raekwon began with his verse from Wu-Tang's breakout single "C.R.E.A.M." off the classic album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers.), something we'd expect from a finale not an opening song. 

The rapper stayed put in his comfort zone on stage, walking back and forth at a slow pace. The place filled, gathering a crowd the size we'd expect at a hip-hop showcase headlined by the Chef.
Hip-hop shows, such as this one, tend to attract more male fans than females. The DJ drops the beat for "Ice Cream" as Raekwon says, "This is for the ladies." The French vanillas, butter pecans, chocolate deluxes, and caramel sundaes can't help but give out a cheer as Rae serenades them.

After performances of "Glaciers Of Ice" and his feature of "Eye For An Eye," Rae took time out to embrace Ol' Dirty Bastard's memory when he admitted, "Ohhh baby I like it raw," giving a less animated performance of the ODB single, but of course, who's as animated as ODB?

Toward the end of the show, Rae brought out Kofi Black, a singer off his Ice H20 label. Black performed one song as Rae sat in front of the DJ. Admitting he needed to promote Black more, the rapper signed off on the singer's request to perform another song.

Ending the night on a high note, besides those coming from Black, Rae signed off by performing 1997's "Triumph," a performance that resembled all prior songs, with Raekwon taking minimal steps and staying in a comfort zone. 

Critic's Notebook 

The Crowd: Don't come if you're under 25 years old and with a Wu-Tang shirt

Wish List: What? No "Catalina"?

Personal Bias: The lack of movement from Raekwon made for an uneventful concert. 

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