Devin The Dude, Backyard Band, UGK & The Product @ Club Lime DC 4/6/07
Noz’s yearly rap show: I wrote a lot about Devin over at XXL today, so I am keeping this short, sweet and sporadic. They de-batteried my camera so no pictures. $60 at the door, which is a weeks worth of food money for me and meant that I could only afford water bottles all night. Backyard killed it as would be expected. Legend has it that some big name rappers have contractual clauses that prevent them from sharing the bill with go-go bands, as it’s pretty much pointless to expect any rapper to show them up. Devin holds his own specifically because he is such a mellow compliment to their sound. And because DC loves The Dude. He opened up performing “Just a Man” with BYB, then switched to DAT, mostly rocking material from his first record. Only did “What a Job” from the new joint. He is a charasmatic showman.
Club closed at 3:30 before UGK hit the stage, if they were even in the building. The Product did not perform either. Frustrating but predictable. EDIT: Readers have informed me that The Product & UGK were performing on another stage DURING Devin’s set. WTF? Still two long sets from very dope acts is better than four 15 minute ones and eight boring openers, which is more often the case at rap shows.