live hip hop shows are such a hard thing to book that its a little amazing that not only was this pulled off but that so many people attended including Heavy D, Nas, Queen Latifah, The Roots, De la, and Ludacris. But I guess if you’re Common you can get whoever you damn well please.
and since Common works with Kanye, Kanye was rumored to appear…
from the always reliable, joyful, and masterful scott sterling:
“He’s still going through some things, trying to deal with everything that’s happened because of a choice he made, so he couldn’t make it tonight” Common said, obviously referencing West’s meme-generating mike grab from Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs. “But he still wanted me to send his love to everyone.”
With that, West bounded onstage to the opening strains of his song “Good Life” to the obvious appreciation of the audience. West’s girlfriend Amber Rose conspicuously bounced along to the music from the side of the stage, even grabbing the attention of the spotlight operator for a few moments.
Running through songs like “Make Her Say” (Kid Cudi’s take on Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”), “Flashing Lights” and his verse from Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” with Common, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, any lingering resentment toward West for his actions at the MTV event were nowhere to be seen in the partisan crowd (video here).
what i like about scott and so many of the music writers at the times, these are people who love music and its nice to hear them be excited in their reviews.