Not a good look at this point in history. You can't build from a graveyard by following a narrative that's been played to death. That's like stacking death on top of death and then you have a F*ck Sh*t Stack in your BackPack, homie.
The Old Ceremony: 6-7pm
Anoop Desai: 7-7:45pm (Inside Lincoln Theatre)
One EskimO: 7:30-8:30pm
Michael Franti & Spearhead: 9-11pm
Holy Ghost Tent Revival: 11:15-1am (Special late night party/concert inside Lincoln Theatre; first come basis due to limited capacity)
Michael Franti & Spearhead: Time To Go Home
More on the Concert:
Awesome outdoor charity concert in front of Lincoln Theatre in downtown Raleigh
Doors at 5pm/music 6 to 11pm (Rain or Shine) with late night party inside until 1am
Tickets are $22.00 advance/$25.00 day of/$150 VIP (21+ event)
Update: Little Brother as a group that included 9th Wonder was over in 2006. They might still be sniping at each other along the way but the news here is the breakup of Phonte and Big Pooh. I guess the cultists have been holding on to reunion dreams for all these years!
Update 2: I do want to make it clear that I really dig Phonte and Big Pooh since first seeing them in Austin like 6 or 7 years ago without 9th Wonder who seemed to be already spending as much time on his own gigs as on the groups. I hope they do well with whatever they do.
I'm not such a big fan of 9th Wonder but I think he's playing an interesting role with his teaching at NCCU and so forth. Unfortunately students told me that when they mentioned a Cool Kids performance at Cats Cradle, he recommended that people not go and so only the students that were already fans went. A more appropriate response would be to tell them to check it out for themselves. But the cult mentally permeates this scene and 9th Wonder is definitely a part of that.
Plus, his beats are weak and boring. But, if you hadn't checked him out, check him out for yourself. He's got lots of fans in the area and you can enjoy his work without joining the cult!
Update 3: If you've read this far and you care about hip hop, check out Indyweek's coverage of the arts. Though I definitely have criticisms of certain things they do, they've also boosted a lot of artists and that's all to the good. But if you look more closely, you'll see that hip hop is almost always held to a politically correct standard in a way that is different from the other arts, particularly rock. Sure, Indyweek addresses a lot of issues in their arts section, which should be the norm for left/lib media, but the hip hop writers there are playing a game that's holding back the development of the local industry and it's an ideologically fueled game that I think is detrimental to local artists.
Despite my serious criticisms, Grayson Currin is an excellent writer who knows how to tell a tale. His Little Brother feature has some great stories and also paints what is ultimately a tragic ending for any group of artists, whatever their impact on the larger scene.
And I have to wonder just how beaten down Phonte and Big Pooh must be to throw such a pathetic final event in Raleigh as that described by Currin. Damn, you guys could be making a lot more money on that exit than you're getting with that approach.
That's particularly sad because when I saw them in Austin many years ago without 9th Wonder, I felt they were two of the strongest and most generous performers I had seen in a number of years. To hear that they didn't even perform at their own party confirms that this game was over long ago.