3. "RE: Mos Def in DC....." In response to Reply # 2
i think mos def is one of the most talented people on this earth. the crowd from where i was sitting seemed a bit lame. i guess all the okayplayers started bouncing their heads as soon as he all cap came on, and i think that even some of the jdilla beats went way over some people. i did not like how i had to sit down, i didnt like how i couldnt bring in my drink in, but its the kend. cent. and the show wraped up quick. but the chance to see mos crack jokes, sing, rap, dance, all with a full jazz band. illin. my top 5 shows def shifted after last night. if he is going to keep doing this at more stops, people need to go see this.
5. "a recap..." In response to Reply # 0 Mon Sep-22-08 01:36 PM by HighVoltage
amazing show as usual.
same set up as Carnegie Hall show earlier with year with the orchestra, horns, glasper, chris dave, derrick hodge, casey benjamin, dj preservation etc. all in all, about 25 piece band.
here is the setlist:
How To Eat A Watermelon (Petey Greene) Upbeat, Funky Big Band Jam Apollo Kids (Ghostface) Auditorium Poison (Bell Biv Devoe) Walk On By (Isaac Hayes) / U R The One Holy Thursday (David Axelrod) / Dr. DEF / A Love Supreme tease (John Coltrane) Star Spangled (& fumbled) Banner Sardines Hip Hop 101
Jam (Amino Alkaline Watermelon Syndicate) Black Radio Rock Cover (???) Saturday Night Dancing (new song verses) Fantastic Jam (new song verses) Eternal Sunshine (new song verses) / Jay Electronica cover Fall In Love All Caps (Madvillian) Afro Blue Stakes Is High (De La Soul) Umi Says (band introductions) Weird Fishes ft. Casey Benjamin (Radiohead)
kennedy center is freakin HUGE btw...
and to anyone who says Mos Def fell off, fall back and peep one one of his powerful new verses from a song he's been performing over David Axelrod's Holy Thursday:
Growing numbers of the suffering and sick In desperate need of treatment, all they gettin is a fix But sometimes its all they really can afford Went from stretched out in the floor To a stretcher in the ward And here come the doctor with the wrong diagnosis Should be helpin you out, he just dopin you over He dont treat the problems, he just treat the symptoms His business is sickness his millions in illness Pills, powders, potions, creams and elixirs Get the scripts, get em sick Hurry up and fill them But freedom aint free, dont forget to bill them A fantastic living, to make out of killing Clear the hours for lament is in the building Brand new labcoat, swaggered out asshole Passing out capsules, all about cash flow Fingers on the I-V, oops he D-I-E Say a prayer for the native (?) of the dying breed Epitaph for the victim of somebody's grieve Doctor gotta eat, but the paitent trying to breathe He tried to get relief, and all he got was *beeeeeeep*
9. "RE: you might want to double check" In response to Reply # 7
It won't be i am aware of that. I was more psyched about the new shit you mentioned. I enjoyed him last time in Richmond, he had Black Radio which is also excellent. Wish i would have made Kennedy but couldn't. Oh well Mos than the roots in a week i'm done being bitter, thanks for the set list. You didn't magically come across any audio like you have a tendency to do, did ya?
8. "I was waiting on this post..." In response to Reply # 0
I loved it! Having it at the Kennedy Center definitely made everyone more reserved than you’d normally expect for this kind of show. I never really felt free to stand up or to REALLY show how hype I was, but I had a smile and a serious head bob going the whole time. I was also upset that they lured me into buying candy RIGHT outside the auditorium that I couldn't eat inside!
I loved the fact that you could tell how appreciative Mos was to be there. This was a big deal for him too. The fact that the crowd wasn’t as hype as he’s probably used to didn’t seem to faze him. He understood where he was, made allowances for that, and rocked it anyway.
I agree that my favorite moment was the Obama/Stakes is High part. At that point, nobody cared that it was the Kennedy Center -- we all stood up and let out everything we’d been holding in. If this show comes to your area you MUST check it out.
Did anyone check out the set at Bohemian Caverns afterwards?