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Alsace Carcione Takes Home The Title of DDFW’S Master Of The Mic

Listen I am still hype from this past Saturdays DDFW Master Of The Mic contest! I didn’t even know anything about the show until the week of because I hadn’t been on social media for like a month. I also had no idea that this contest had been going on for months and this show was the last one with 6 finalist. Mark Spits and Madame Mims represented Fort Worth, Pudge Brewer and Ritchy Flo represented Denton, and Alsace Carcione and T. Lindsey represented Dallas. Celebrities D.O.C, Dorrough, and Erykah Badu were the judges. I wasn’t even going to do a review for it because I mainly went to show support for Alsace and knew I wasn’t going to be able to stay for the entire show. But I’m just so happy about her win that I had to make a post.

I got to Tree’s at 8:30 and the place wasn’t quite packed yet but the DJ already had people on the dance floor pop locking, break dancin, and dropping it like it’s hot  having a good time. After finding out the time that Alsace would be going on, my company and I decided to go across the street and eat some nachos at Fuzzy Taco’s (YUM 😛). We hung out there for almost an hour trying to pass the time then headed back to Tree’s. By then more people had packed in and a fella by the name of Mike Lackey was on the stage beat boxing and warming the crowd up. He did a good job, I have no complaints. But hey guy if you’re reading this, I would like to see more videos on your instagram page!

My company and I sat back and watched more people pour in and take pictures in front of the huge Master Of The Mic background. Different races, different styles, different ages, different everything was in the building. The place was filled with artist and people who loved art. It was quite a unique crowd and I loved every bit of it. My company, who is very picky about music, bobbed his head to DJ Snoopi’s mix and gave me the look of approval. The first act to hit the stage was Pudge Brewer from Denton. Unfortunately he didn’t hold my attention. I won’t say he was bad because I don’t think that at all. I was running into people that I knew and also chatting with my company so my attention just wasn’t fully on the stage.

Around 10:30 Alsace came full force starting her set off with a cover of “Killing Me Softly” and who else would be more appropriate to sing along other than her music partner Diva Sol. She then followed up with “Ain’t Goin” hyping the crowd up even more. THE BAND…OMG I mean they were amazing!  Even the host gave them their props.  I looked over at my company who was seriously enjoying “Black America” and “Been Grindin” (his fav) bobbin his head. Oh but when she did “Time Travel”…let’s just say there’s a reason I don’t have video footage for it because I was singing and dancing hard the whole time. And I saw you Alsace up there jiggin lol. The audience was absolutely feeling it too. Diva Sol went into straight up Rock Star mode during “Been Grindin” and started swingin her braids. Girl do you have whiplash after that lol? There was no surprise that she performed the song “Have Mercy” dedicated to her mother who is battling cancer, being as though this was such a special moment for her. As I watched Alsace take over the crowd, I couldn’t have been more proud of her. By the end of her performance both me and my company looked at each other and said she’s got this. 

Next up was Madame Mims, who to me seemed like she got a bigger introduction than the previous artist, but that’s neither here nor there. Her style is different and maybe even a little eccentric. It was something that I think I would have needed to listen to before seeing it performed. Honestly transitioning from Alsace to Madame Mims had me feeling like my high was coming down. And I’m not just saying this because I’m a fan of Alsace. A performance is a performance regardless of who I’m familiar with and not familiar with. It just seemed like a slow start. Like when you’re watching a movie and you’re like COME OOOON GET TO THE GOOD PART. I will say she had a nice flow though, there is no denying that. I left shortly after so I didn’t get a chance to see her full set and I hate I missed the others as well. My company really wanted to see some of the other male artist but it was getting late and he had work in the morning so we had to burn out. When I woke up the next morning and saw the good news I literally shouted.

Even though I didn’t get to see the other acts, I’ve seen the hard work Alsace puts in day in and day out to reach her goals (in her personal life and as an artist). That, along with the way she captured the crowd while going from one sound to the next and transfered her energy and emotion into the crowd, was more than enough for me to feel that she deserved the title of Master Of The Mic. The first ever to be exact. Congratulations again champ 🙂

To the other finalist reading this, so sorry I missed your performance and congrats on making it to the final round. Hopefully I’ll get to catch you guys at your next show. I’m especially looking forward to seeing Terrence because I have been seeing all the buzz online about him.

I know usually I post the videos below via Youtube but I have actually already posted them on my Facebook page so you can head over there and check them out at http://www.facebook.com/shelly80sbaby2
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Concert Review: Snow Tha Product @ Trees/The Rest Comes Later Tour

TREES IN DEEP ELLUM WAS LIT LAST SATURDAY!!! I’m so glad I got to get out the house and have a good time. I really enjoyed myself and I got to meet some new people as well as see some familiar faces. Now I’m not gonna lie I came to this show specifically in support for Alsace and also to see Audio Push again. At the time I wasn’t familiar with any of the other acts that were there but regardless it was a good show. I started not to even do a review for this show but since I have some footage I figured why not. So here’s how the night went…

I got there around 8:30 and walked up just in time to see Alsace outside selling last minute tickets to the venue. Everybody joked and laughed about how it looked like she was selling somethin else lol. Rick Ross’s song “Hustlin” played in the back of my mind when I was watching her. She really does grind all day and night. The group of people I was with decided to head inside about 15 mins later. Once I got inside I immediately realized whatever footage I was going to get was not gonna be that great. The place was already packed and I was too far away from the stage, but I still had a good view though. In all honesty it wasn’t many black people in there; the crowd was majority Latino/Hispanics. As far as ages, it was mixed with young and old.

Danny F Dot

At around 9:00 Danny F Dot, who is from McKinney, TX, was the first act. The crowd seemed to enjoy him. I can’t quite tell if he’s a rapper or a singer but he reminded me of a Latino version of Justin Bieber. I honestly can’t say I was fully paying attention because the person I came with was engaging in conversation with me during the show. Plus there was this one guy in the crowd that was very distracting. He had come straight from work (his red Sonic shirt was the giveaway) and was dancing so hard all over the place.  I did however later listen to Danny F Dot’s single “She Bad” on sound cloud and its hot! It’s one of those slow twerking songs. It’s available for purchase on Itunes. Some of his other songs do sound like the typical music that’s being played on the radio though. I think he performed about 4 or 5 songs during the show.

Curtis Mayz

Next up was Curtis Mayz and his friend Jay Luse. They are from Oak Cliff, TX and they performed 5 songs. I had to track them down in the crowd after they performed cause I don’t think they even said who they were during their performance. Or maybe I just didn’t hear them, who knows I had been drinking. Curtis Mayz voice slightly reminded me of Lil Boosie, but more Texan. I like his style and they had some nice beats. Curtis Mayz stated his music is heavily influenced by Big K.R.I.T. and if he could compare himself to anybody that’s who it would be. All my Dallas peeps go out and support your own, he’ll be performing next at The Crown and Harp on Greenville August 25th. Go check him out!

Alsace Carcione

The main person I came to see was up next, none other than the Alsace Carcione. Her set started off a little rocky due to sound issues (the DJ was trippin) but she quickly bounced back and moved the crowd.  They hyped her up and cheered her on as she performed her song “Highly Unlikely” without any music. The DJ finally got it together and she continued her set with “Ain’t Goin”, “Black America”, “Been Grindin”, and “Don’t Stop”. As always she did a good job. During her song “Black America” she encouraged people to chant “Black Lives Matter”. I yelled as loud as I could. I caught up with her after the show and so many people stopped her and told her she did a good job, especially with overcoming the sound issues. One guy though stopped her and said “Hey good show but hey all lives matter”. I just stood there giving the side eye. Alsace quickly simply explained the song is from her perspective.

Audio-Push

Next up was the duo Audio Push and I swear you would have thought they were the main act cause they performed at least 8 or 9 songs. But the crowd loved it and so did I. I really like these guys and I know they are gonna blow up. The last time I saw them was at Wale’s show at the House of Blues and you can tell they have evolved some more since then. They performed songs off of their mixtape called The Good Vibe Tribe along with their single “Quick Fast”. During their performance they stated they wanted nothing but good vibes and got the crowd involved in a competition of which side was they loudest. They also encouraged people to spark one up and all get high together. After the show I briefly spoke with Price from the group and refreshed his memory on the last time we met. I told him I wasn’t sure if there would be a review for this show because I didn’t have the best view and he stated that next time they come in town, which if I’m not mistaken he said they would be headlining their own show in October or November,  they’re gonna make sure I’m right up front. Alright now Imma hold you to it young buck. He gave me a warm hug and took a selfie with me.

As far as Snow Tha Product, honestly I couldn’t tell you much about the performance because I left halfway through it. My friend was ready to go and so was I. But I will tell you she did state that she was sick and I was a little thrown off by what she decided to perform in. It was different from the pictures that I had seen online when I googled her. She looked like she was going to a nice get together wearing a peplum black shirt and some jeans. It just wasn’t something I expected to see her perform in. I hadn’t heard of her until the day of the show but her supporters and fans were heavy in the building. I saw a couple people wearing her merchandise. During her performance her panda bear mascot hyped the crowd up and her friend Nay Nay crowd surfed. There also was a point where Snow demanded that the hype people push their way to the front and the laid back people move to the back. I swear she was about to cause a riot up there cause people really started pushing and she had to calm them back down. I thought that wasn’t the smartest thing to say. Later after the show I overheard someone complaining about the fact that she talked through majority of her set, had a lot of opening acts, and really didn’t perform. I wouldn’t know cause I was hanging outside half the time but from what I did see it seemed to be true. If she was sick then who can really blame her. She didn’t cancel they show and she could have.

My friend wound up ditching me while I was talking to Audio Push so I wound up hanging around longer and conversed with Alsace after the show. The line to meet and greet Snow Tha Product was hella long and I really wasn’t interested in that so I left around 1:00. Its crazy cause Deep Ellum was still lit around that time. Anyway I enjoyed myself, Alsace did her thing, and I’m glad I got to meet Audio Push again. Check out the links, pics, and videos below…

https://twitter.com/dannyfdot

https://instagram.com/dannyfdot/

https://www.facebook.com/DannyRYFTA

https://twitter.com/curtismayz

https://curtismayz.bandcamp.com/

https://instagram.com/curtismayz/

https://alsacecarcione.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheAlsace

https://twitter.com/thealsace

https://instagram.com/thealsace

https://www.facebook.com/AudioPush

https://twitter.com/AudioPush

https://instagram.com/audiopush/

https://www.facebook.com/SnowThaProduct

https://instagram.com/snowthaproduct/

https://twitter.com/SnowThaProduct

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Concert Review: Erykah Badu @ The Bomb Factory In Deep Ellum

This was absolutely the WORST experience I’ve had with a venue since I have been doing this. At first I tried to be understanding because it was opening night, but then I remembered it was RE-opening night. So they’ve done this before. Which means they should have been better prepared. So many things could have been done differently that would have cut down on the confusion that went on the entire night. They failed miserably when it came to the reserved seating in the balcony and also preparation for the line outside. As far as Erykah Badu, I honestly don’t have anything bad to say about her performance, she was perfect.  So let’s get into it…

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I had purchased my ticket for $50 pretty much as soon as it was announced back in January and I decided to buy a seat in the balcony so I wouldn’t have to stand. I really wanted a break from general admission standing only tickets. I picked a seat close up that would be perfect for capturing footage of the show.  Since I had a reserved seat I didn’t rush out the house to get there before the doors opened. Doors were supposed to open at 7:00 and I arrived on the street of the venue at 8:30. To my surprise while riding around looking for a parking spot, I discovered that the line to get in was wrapped all the way around to the next street. Basically the line was one big square around the venue. My mouth fell open in disbelief, but then I shook it off and said maybe by the time I find a parking space the line will have gotten better.  WRONG! The line was still wrapped around the block 30 mins later. One thing is for sure, Dallas loves Erykah Badu! A friend of mine said that she felt like she was in line at an amusement park. By now it was 9:00 and I was missing the opening acts. Another friend inside said that they did good but then the person sitting next to me inside said I didn’t miss anything. I didn’t make it inside until 9:30.

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Once I got inside and took a look around I realized this place was HUGE and it was PACKED! It was very dark too.  I made my way upstairs to the balcony and it was packed up there too. The security guard at the bottom of the steps had to point a flashlight on the steps to help people find their way. People that didn’t have reserved seating were really taking up too much space and it was hard moving around up there. I kept thinking if there was an emergency or something, this would be really bad. They really should have cleared the way for people to make it through. There were a couple flat screens playing sports throughout the venue and it didn’t seem to interrupt anything. Once I made my way to the end of the row where I was supposed to be sitting I noticed someone was in my seat. So I spoke with the security on that end and he directed me to the other end of the row. So I went to the other end and someone was sitting in that seat also. So security made the person get up. Throughout the night they had to keep asking people to get up because the seats didn’t have any signs or numbers on them to let people know those were reserved. When I was sitting there I was thinking to myself I know I paid to sit closer to the stage. So I asked the person next to me on my right did they select a closer seat and they said yes. I asked the person on my left and they said yes also. So I pulled the seating chart up online and low and behold they had switched everyone around. Instead of them seating us the correct way with the seats going 1-33, they had it the opposite way going 33-1. So everyone who was supposed to be closer was now far away. The couple next to me complained that they had been moved 3 times already because security kept sitting them in the wrong seat and they were just gonna let it go. Because I have a blog and wanted to get great footage and wasn’t JUST there to enjoy the show, I went to the security guard, showed him the seating chart online and he talked in his ear piece and I went and sat back down and waited for him to come and fix the situation. Well he never came. So I went and talked to him again and he advised me to go to the ticket booth and speak to someone down there. By now it’s 10:15 and I was scared the show was about to start and I would miss it so I rushed downstairs as fast as I could and got ahold of the box office manager. She told me she would see what she could do and come up there and find me. I ran back up stairs and to my surprise my seat was gone. Not that someone was sitting in my seat, but my whole seat was gone. So once again I’m back talking to security to get now another issue solved. And once again all he did was talk into his little ear piece. Another security guard had made her way over there and informed me that everyone on that row paid the same price so it’s not like one person gets better than the other. I angrily said to her “I paid to be in seat 8 not seat 26! I selected a closer seat!” She said to give her a minute and she’ll be back to help me. I stood there looking misplaced and frustrated. She never came back so I just took it upon myself to ask everyone in seats 1-7 to kinda scoot down and make enough room for me to get back into my spot. Everyone was nice and understanding and they moved down for me. I gave security the evil eye because I couldn’t understand why he couldn’t just do that. But even after all of that I still had no seat. So I just stood there in my space for majority of the show. The box office manager finally made it up to the balcony where I was and all she did was hand me her card along with the production manager’s card and offered tickets for another event. What I really wanted was my money back.

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I tried to just enjoy the show, but the more I looked at my screen on my phone when I was recording and saw that the footage and pics wasn’t as good as it would’ve been had I been in the right seat, the seat that I selected online when I paid for my ticket, the more I got upset. Not only that I paid more for my ticket so that I could sit instead of stand and here I was standing, after already standing in that long ass line outside. Erykah Badu made it onstage around 10:56 and opened up with “20 Feet Tall”. The wonderful lady next to me offered to take turns sitting down because she felt bad for me and was just as pissed about everything. Erykah had on this huge black pancho-esque coat and I couldn’t help but think damn I know she is hot as hell in that thing. She took it off later during the show revealing her overalls. One of her kids ran out on stage during her performance, I’m assuming her youngest one. It was cute. She repped her city hard during the show and the crowd embraced her with open arms. The songs flowed smoothly into each other without her hardly coming to any stops or intermissions. The sound was crisp and clear and she had a backdrop with graphics playing during the show. While I was there I received a text from my friends letting me know they would be around the corner at a spot called Freemans (The Free Man Cajun Café and Lounge) and asked me to swing by before I went home. The more I stood there trying to focus my camera, the more being there with my friends seemed like a better idea.  I looked around and found an empty seat and went over and asked the people around was it taken, and one of the gentlemen was kind enough to carry it over to my area for me. But even after I got a seat I still just couldn’t shake it off and get over the fact that I was so far away. I gave up and said goodbye to my neighbors after she performed “Window Seat” around 11:30 and headed downstairs to the box office to see about a refund. The box office manager was nowhere to be found and I didn’t want to wait around for her. I made my way to Freemans to meet my friends. While I was walking down the street I chatted with a couple who were walking behind me and asked them did they enjoy the show and they said they did, and that the long line to get in was their only complaint.

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I met up with my friends and I have to say I had way more fun at Freemans than I did The Bomb Factory. I had a front row view of some very talented individuals that were performing. The more intimate feel along with good drinks and good company definitely made up for what I had just been through. The group that was performing was called The Found which included Marcus Jones (drummer), Chris Traylor, MC Cyfa Fix, Charlie Hughes (guitar), Robert Gaines (Bass), Jordan Walker (keyboards), and James Robinson (keyboards).  The band was all the way live and had me sayin yaasss and bobbin my head the whole time. They was jamming and having a good time while doin it. From what I was told they perform there quite often and also at Sandaga 813 downtown. I remember thinking damn this is what I’ve been missing out on all this time. My friends have been trying to get me to go to Freemans for awhile now and I’m so glad I went and had such a wonderful experience.

So my night wasn’t completely ruined, Erykah Badu was awesome, The Bomb Factory gets a thumbs down, and I’m already ready to go back to Freemans. Shout out to the people that were nice to me at The Bomb Factory: Ashley and her boo (seats 9 & 10), Whitney (seat 7), and Flozell for carrying my chair for me. Thanks for reading this loooong review and don’t forget to like, share, and comment. I definitely would like to hear other peoples experience there at The Bomb Factory. Peep the links, pics, and videos below…

https://www.facebook.com/erykahbadu

https://twitter.com/fatbellybella

http://www.thebombfactory.com/

http://www.freemandallas.com/

Concert Review: Daley Concert @ Trees In Dallas TX/Days & Nights Tour

I’ve been a fan of Daley since the 2011 Those Who Wait mixtape, which is dope by the way if you haven’t checked it out. I purchased the tickets (for about $22 each)for this concert way back in February and had been anticipating going ever since, but I must say the evening did not start off very well and I wasn’t even sure if I was going to go. Unfortunately the person I planned on going with had missed a connecting flight and I was left scrambling about 2 hours before the show to find someone else to join me. Being as though I’m also still getting over a cold I started to give up and stay home. Luckily after asking 7 people, about half of them didn’t know who he was, I finally got someone to go.
 
Doors opened at 7:00 but we got there right at 8:00 which was when the concert was supposed to start. Trees does have seating in the balcony areas but unfortunately we got there too late and had to stand (THANK GOD I PUT DR. SCHOLLS IN MY FLATS) BUT we did have a very good view of the stage. The place was decorated with guitars and artist pictures all over the walls. Pictures that resembled huge album covers. They played neo soul  and some modern rnb music which was fitting for the crowd that came to see Daley. It was packed but not too crowded where you didn’t have elbow room and it was a sold out show.
 
Here’s where it gets a little weird…. Everybody in there was vibing grooving and singing along to the music being played and then the curtains open around 9:00, everybody screamed thinking it was Daley but it was actually his opening act Jessie Frye. Jessie Frye and her band are from Denton, TX and their sound was pretty much like rock/alternative. Nothing like Daleys music. The crowd was VERY disappointed and kinda just stood there like UGH WHERE IS DALEY??? Now the band and leading woman was jamming and she was a good performer, but it was a little unexpected. Plus there were people there that had been standing since 7:00 and they were a bit agitated. A couple of people in the crowd tried to hype everyone up but it didn’t work. They performed about 4-5 songs and everybody was pretty much OVER IT. When they came to a closing everyone pretty much cheered mainly because they were glad they were getting off the stage.
 
About 40 mins later Daley graced the stage and belted out those high notes that we live for and put on a hell of a performance. I don’t want to tell too much of the show but he sang goodies from his mixtape and EP’s like Those Who Wait, Game Over, and Spent. He also did more than half the songs off of his album Days & Nights. Those included singles Alone Together and Look Up. Throughout his performance he did medleys of throwback joints from Usher, Chaka Khan, Mint Condition, & Jill Scott. His perfect soulful voice, the lighting, and the intimate setting made couples slow grind with each other all over the place. The fact that he had the crowd singing damn near every word proved that he had true fans that had been following him since the beginning and he seemed so humbled by it. Once the concert was over most people left I think because they had been there waiting for so long. If my feet wouldn’t have been hurting I would have tried to stay for a picture and autograph.
It is definitely a concert I won’t forget and l look forward to seeing him again the next time he’s in town. Standing for about 3 hours with cough drops to sooth my throat was totally worth it for this experience. The only thing I regret is not having a better phone to take pics and record videos. I recommend anyone who is a fan of artists who sound just as good live if not better to go see Daley when he’s in your city. That mixed with good prices and feel good music makes it a win win to me.
 
P.S. Hopefully next time they will have an opening act that’s in the same genre as him.
 
Check out pics I took and three of his youtube videos below 🙂
 
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