Friday, February 11th, Cee Lo Green, Big Boi, and Ryan Leslie brought good energy and good music to the City of Angels in a Pre-Grammy concert at LA Live’s Club Nokia. First off, if you have never been to Club Nokia, it’s an impressive venue. The décor has a real nice, sexy lounge-y feel to it. And the sound system is definitely state of the art.
The diverse crowd definitely came to party and enjoy the show. The night’s attendance started light, but ended with a packed house. 2011 Grammy nominated artist, Melanie Fiona, hit the stage first as the surprise host for the evening. Ryan Leslie opened the show with a performance that included a combination of the top joints he’s produced like “Everything-Everyday” (Fabolous and Keri Hilson) and “Start It Up” (Lloyd Banks) as well as some of his own like “Diamond Girl” and “You’re Not My Girl.”
Next up was one-half of the mighty Outkast, Big Boi. Blending Outkast material with cuts from his new album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, Big Boi controlled the crowd with his energy and flawless lyrical delivery. The interaction with his live band and DJ, Cut Master Swiff, all made his show enjoyable for true hip-hop fans.
Cee Lo Green, up for 4 Grammy Awards this year, headlined the show. He set it off by declaring he was taking it back to back to the roots, where he was joined onstage by The Goodie Mob. The group performed many of their definitive hits like “Soul Food” and “Cell Therapy.” Another highlight of Cee Lo’s set was his all-female band that kept the tempo of the show on point. Of course he didn’t disappoint and closed with his current smash hit, “F You” with an enthusiastic crowd singing along the entire time.
All in all, during an exciting Grammy Weekend, it was time well spent on a real Hip-Hop-R&B-Live Soul show that did not disappoint.
– Smoooth Dee
Be sure to check out Cee Lo’s new single with Melanie Fiona, “Fool For You.”
Born James Dewitt Yancey, the Hip Hop Super-Producer/Artist better know as Jay Dee & J Dilla, was considered one of the most influential hip hop artists in the music industry. With sentiments echoed by his good friend DJ House Shoes, “Dilla is the best producer…EVER in Hip Hop. Period.”
Taking off in the mid-90s, Dilla’s career spanned over a decade with some of his most notable work for Hip Hop and R&B/Soul artists such as The Pharcyde, Slum Village, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Common, Busta Rhymes, Madlib, Dwele, Erykah Badu & Janet Jackson.
With a steady-rising career, Dilla continued to impact the music scene with his production, remixes, collaborations and vocal appearances until he began to experience health issues that resulted in weight loss and hospitalization. But that didn’t stop him from creating music or from even going on tour in Europe in late 2005 where he performed from a wheelchair. Even when his condition worsened, he had equipment brought to his hospital room where he made tracks bedside until he passed from complications of a rare blood disease called Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP).
So on this day five years ago this remarkable talent left us, and No U Aint Radio celebrates the life & music of J Dilla. Enjoy our music tribute.