TAMIA,MARIO,CHRISETTE MICHELE – CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE

Miguel
Miguel

Tamia
Tamia
Tamia

This past Saturday, Central Park’s Summerstage played host to an R&B congregation of rabid fans lucky enough to witness an explosion of soul,pop, & r&b tunes from the likes of MIGUEL,TAMIA,SALT from Salt N Pepa,MARIO, & CHRISETTE MICHELE. Everything else in between, DJ DEE WIZ filled in the cracks with some old school hip hop joint compound & inflamed the crowd something short of a frenzy as his ‘musac’ on the wheels of steel & his crowd participation emcee’ing was off the hook as he got on the MIC before it really got too hot! Everybody was bouncing to Dee Wiz as he spinned classic joints that hip hop fans of the late baby boomers & GENERATION X martians salivated to! Joints like ‘The Breaks’ from Kurtis Blow,’The Message’ from Grandmaster flash & the furious 5,’Friends’ from Whodini, & ‘Rappers delight’ from Sugar Hill Gang got the old school ball rolling as we bounced our domes like bobble heads without a care! Wiz then slipped in E.U.’s ‘Da Butt’ & my fat ass started working off that junk in the trunk, y’all! WIZ didn’t leave any stones unturned as Eric B & Rakim,NAS,Pete Rock & CL smooth,Das Efx,Naughty By Nature,LL cool J,Digital Underground,the 45 King,Fifty,Nice n Smooth,Mary J Blige,Notorious,Special Ed, & many other fevers to the flava were represented! When DEE WIZ dropped Fat Joe’s “Lean Back”, the central park summerstage house…SHOOK! Man, we all did the ROC-A-WAY…Now,LEAN BACK..LEAN BACK! DJ Dee Wiz definitely knew how to rock a party!

The 1st act to perform on summer stage was MIGUEL. I wasn’t familiar with his tunes, but most of the crowd seemed to know his music. Apparently, he gets pretty decent play on 107.5 WBLS. MIGUEL was aight! I got into his song “All I want is you”. Next, on the menu was TAMIA. She really blew my house down at central park summerstage! I think she’s been dormant for a while until this performance in NYC. Lucky us! Tamia looked amazing & her voice was smooth,powerful, & as crisp as when she first surfaced to the scene in the mid 90’s! TAMIA & AALIYAH were my 2 faves in the 90’s to listen to when I wanted to just kickback & chill! TAMIA blessed us by singing her classics like stranger in my house, officially missing you, so into you, imagination, can’t get enough, me, You put a move on my heart, & spend my life with you among other hits! I still couldn’t get over how great she looked & how great she sounded! P.S. her husband, Grant Hill was also in attendance to show support! Tamia has a new album coming out in 2011. Represent, y’all!

Salt from Salt n Pepa
Salt

Mario
Mario
Mario

MARIO was slowly queuing up on stage as the ladies in the audience were definitely very close to conception! I’m not a big fan of MARIO’s but the ladies love Mario as much as the ladies love cool J! To my surprise, Mario sounded real good live as he blasted out his hit tunes like thinking about you, braid my hair, just a friend 2002, & let me love you amongst others. MARIO brought up a young lady that he sang to when he busted out “braid my hair”. He put on a good show & I was surprised he didn’t take off his shirt as the ladies in the audience had requested!

Chrisette Michele
Chrisette Michele
Chrisette Michele
Chrisette Michele

Last not but least, Chrisette Michele was on deck! To be honest, I wasn’t familiar with Chrisette’s music & hot damn, I must of been comatosed or something to miss out on her tunes until now! She’s what you call, having an “old soul”. Chrisette’s got that voice that is so soulful, so blistering, that it cuts very deep with emotions when her voice hits your cranium. She sings about being in love,being out of love,& everything in between! Chrisette’s got that style that reminds me of a hybrid blend of Erykah Badu, Macy Gray, & Mary J Blige! Chrisette performed Golden, epiphany, what you do, If I have my way, porcelain doll, blame it on me, & a few other songs that I can’t recollect. At the end of her performance, Rick Ross joined Chrisette Michele on stage to perform “Aston Martin Music”!

It was a great day of live music full of soul, pop, RnB 90’s style, & hip hop courtesy of DJ Dee Wiz, all for free! You’ve got to love NYC in the summer! Unfortunately, the summer full of free NYC concerts is coming close to an end! JAZZY JAY, DJ SCRATCH, SEAN PAUL, & a few other free jams are still lined up before the summer ends, though! Get your blazin’ hip hop & RnB ON, you SuCkAs!

–MR. C

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