Cappadonna @ Bar Deluxe 03.10

Posted March 20, 2012 in

Saturday, March 10 got weird in almost all the right ways. Bar Deluxe was the hip hop hot spot for SLC. It was one of the first nice nights of the summer party season, and it was right after the big full moon—things were sure to get wild. QuitXpectingFavors threw the party and no one was tardy. Getting it cracking was a set out of the Seattle area from KnowMads. The salty city was in the mood and quickly gathered around the stage for some hot beats like lovers around a fire. This was my very first exposure to the KnowMads, so please accept my apologies in not knowing any song names. Crowd participation was at the all-time high when one of the Seattle baseball cap wearing MCs asked the crowd, “Who out there is high?” Well, silly question. 80 percent of the audience looked and smelled like they were higher then a giraffe’s coochie in a hot air ballon. The two songs that really got the party started did so properly. The first song was one about “you don't know, if you don't try.” The crowd was up and at them after the uplifting song about giving it a shot. I was really surprised at the attendance as well as the participation—usually it’s hard to get both at a SLC hip hop show. Arms were up and I even saw a booty or two shake. While stepping to the bar, I took note of the ho-train that walked in. This train was not typical—it was on a dead pace for some rappers delight, if you catch my drift. The  KnowMads left with a song about “last night,” and judging form the crowd, I would guess some of them would have some stories about last night. While the KnowMads were busy rapping, the DJ was busy keeping the show moving, and busy he was. I don’t think I saw the guy leave the table all night throughout all the sets.

Up next was the David and Goliath styles of King Magnetic and GQ Ain’t Nothin’ Pretty. This was one live set, that is for sure. This was, again, my first exposure to the raw in-your-face style and XXL stage presence of Magnetic, so seeing this MC give it his all was just what he crowd needed to take it to the next level.The duo was on point all set—so on point that King Magnetic was getting that good thigh rubdown from a sexuality-thick chick at the front of the stage. “Wild the fuck out, act like you enjoy hip hop,” was the climax of the set before the duo stepped off the stage and into the crowd to feel the magic that was the Salt Lake City crowd.

Closing out the night was Cappadonna, naturally. The New York fire spitter did not waste time lyrically opening fire on the crowd. Standing tall on the stage with a red varsity jacket, and fitted red Yankee cap, it was apparent that he knew Utah was a conservative state and our color was red, while he was chanting “Staten Island.” The crowd really got after it and kicked it into high gear when the song “Check for a Nigga” got cracking. By this time in the show, most looked as if they were at the right crossroads between twisted and faded—that and you could smell the dirt weed and stale beer on members of the audience. Typical of any Wu-Tang based show, as I looked up from the bar, the stage was instantly littered with everyone who played that night plus some others who looked as if they were lost trying to find the bathroom. Everyone, threw their arms up when the stage started chanting, “New York - PA- Utah” how or why PA was in there I have not a clue. Being that Wu-Tang is and forever will be for the children, the show ended on an a cappella note with sing-alongs of “Love is love” and “children are the future” and some Wu-Tang wisdom on life: “Always have a plan.”