Ludacris and friends take Red Rocks back in time

Ludacris and friends take Red Rocks back in time

Close your eyes and let me paint a picture for you. It’s a beautiful night at Red Rocks and you’re hiking up the stairs to the ticket gate. You finally reach the ticket attendant, collect your stub and proceed into the venue. But as you walk through the gate, something mysterious happens. You’re suddenly teleported to a time when FM radio reigned supreme. When your clothes couldn’t be baggy enough and everything had to match. A time when Fat Joe, Nelly and Ludacris ruled the airwaves and the culture. Now, I need you to open your eyes, take a deep breath, and register that it actually happened. On April 27th, Luda and friends transformed Red Rocks Amphitheater into a time capsule making for an unforgettable experience.

Red Rocks Goes All the Way Up

The night opened up with the crowd ready to “Lean Back” as Fat Joe took to the stage. Hailing from South Bronx, Fat Joe came with an engaging presence, laughing and conversing with the audience. Multiple times throughout his set, Joe would crack a joke that would have me dying in laughter. Humble enough to be an opener, the big man performed all the favorites from “All the Way Up” to classics like “Twinz.” The real beauty of Fat Joe‘s set was when he took time to honor fallen greats such as Big Pun and DMX. You could tell it was important to him that he did that, resulting in it becoming important to us.

Next up, the “Country Grammar” King exploded onto the scene ready to give us a show. Like Fat Joe before him, Nelly came ready to interact with the audience. Hugging fans in the front row and messing with security guards, Nelly made sure everyone was having a good time.  While Nelly played favorites such as “Air Force Ones” and “Grillz,” I couldn’t help but notice his drip. My man was wearing a chain that had to weigh at least 20lbs, shining brighter than the lights on the stage. Honestly, it was ridiculous but both performers came ready to fire up the crowd and set the tone.

The Luda in Ludacris

I’m gonna level with you guys, I have no idea where to start. Ludacris strolled out simply dripping in swagoo, and I was starstruck.  I mean, we as an audience were not prepared for what was in store for us. So Ludacris kicks it off with some hits and features, “Rollout” and “Act A Fool,” I mean the works. Next thing you know he’s performing “Holidae In” and in the middle of the song he cuts the record. Ludacris turns to the audience and says, “Nah, If we’re gon’ do this, we’re gon’ do this right.” 

Out of nowhere, Chingy erupted from backstage and the crowd went nuts. Like a true icon, Luda yielded the stage to Chingy who of course performed the chart-topping hit “Right Thurr.” Throughout the night, Luda brought multiple artists up giving each one their time to shine. It was legendary to see Ludacris take on the rocks and bring so much entertainment. Rapping until the show literally couldn’t go on any longer, the lights cut on with an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction.

A Nostalgic Conclusion

I think it’s fair to say that for myself, and a lot of other people, this was a “Hip-Hop Mecca” moment. It was so amazing to see all these artists that I grew up with at the greatest venue in the world. Just like you, these legends have been a part of my life for what seems like forever. Fat Joe has been in our ears since the 90s, and now he’s part of the internet culture. Nelly is the reason I began my own music library and started scouring the radio for tunes. Ludacris was one of the first rappers that I saw from my generation translate from music to movies. Each one of these Icons has proven that they’re the best at what they do. Throughout the years, they have continued to find success and have become moguls in their own right. Like the big man says, “yesterday’s prices, are not today’s prices,” and yesterday’s kings are still conquering today’s stages.

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Latto Brings Big Energy to The Ogden

Latto Brings Big Energy to The Ogden

Do you know what I love about Denver? There is no amount of cold weather that will stop us from going to a show. With a line out the door well into the second act, this was leading up to be an unforgettable night. On a chilly Wednesday night, Latto along with special guests Saucy Santana and Kali, graced the Ogden Theater with their infectious presence. On tour to promote her new album “777,” Latto packed the house with a sold-out show. High in energy and drenched in heavy-hitting beats, I’m remorseful for anybody who missed out.

Performances

J Young MDK kicked the night off, followed by Kali and Saucy Santana. Kali burst onto the stage playing all the favorites from “MMM MMM” to “Do a Bitch.” Her outfit, consisting of nothing but black leather, screamed of influence from greats like Left Eye and Lil’ Kim. Shortly after, Saucy Santana emerged before the crowd, ready to keep the energy alive. Saucy was nothing but smiles, bringing audiences members on stage to perform. Both artists, engulfed in their performances, never hesitated to stop and take care of the fans, halting the show to help people out of the crowd and hand out water, which the people appreciated.

Main Event

“Latto! Latto! Latto!” is all you could hear as the crowd writhed in anticipation. Finally, after a 45-minute intermission, the Queen arrived ready to put on a show. The stage was set with a casino theme and followed by two amazing dancers, Latto turned the stage into a dance floor. She strolled out in an all “fur” outfit that screamed, “this will be a night to remember.” Playing chart-topping hits such as “Energy” and “Sunshine,” this show became a melting pot for a good time.

Conclusion

In Conclusion, even though this concert was phenomenal from start to finish, this wasn’t just a regular show. As I looked around, I realized this was an environment of inclusion. Different walks of life from different communities, like LGBT and BIPOC, congregated under one roof to enjoy some fantastic music. It was apparent that everyone was there to enjoy themselves, that’s it. With performers that come from said communities themselves, you knew it was ok to be yourself. At the end of the day, it didn’t matter what you looked like or where you came from, we all said “F*ck Rice Street” that night.

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Local Fashion Show Features Rick Ross And Other Artists At Reelworks

Local Fashion Show Features Rick Ross And Other Artists At Reelworks

What happens when you mix Denver’s black and latino fashion, culture, and music with the jewel encrusted flavors of Rick Ross? You get a hell of a time, that’s what. On Sunday Feb. 20th, fashion designers and aficionados alike gathered at Reelworks in Denver’s RiNo district for ‘The Life of Fashion’ fashion show. Which, would later be followed by a performance by the boss himself. Hosted by Maria Loreto and Milk Chris, this event had black and latino designers from across Colorado come to showcase their talent and hard work. Outfits ranged from conservative attires to glow in the dark streetwear. This fashion show was filled with outfits that scorched the runway the minute they hit the catwalk.

Perfomances

Of course, the outfits weren’t the only thing burning up the stage. A plethora of local talent came out, making sure the crowd never had time to digest the previous act. Rappers Json Martin, Jay Triiiple, J4 and Troy Good, came with incredible energy and stage presence. Some artists brought out their own drummers for support, and other artists let their voice become the instrument. As a result, each artist left no room to question “could this be any more entertaining?”

Main Event

The fashion show, though exquisite in every way, was clearly an appetizer. After a palate cleansing two hour intermission, it was time for the main course. Reelworks transformed into a buffet of trap music, beautiful people, bottle service and boss level vibes. Led by Floyd Brown, the night had lyrical talents such as A Meazy, Mo-Luv and Tana10Birdz. Sounds were provided by DJ Squizzy Taylor and others. Finally, the lights began to dim and when the words “Maybach Music” rang through Reelworks, we knew the boss had arrived. Rick Ross strolled out on stage wearing a cheetah-like printed sweater draped in so much ice you would think it dropped 20 degrees. With his DJ, Sam Sneak, The boss dropped hits such as B.M.F.and even did some features like his verse fromI’m On One. Which of course, is my all-time favorite Rick Ross feature.

Conclusion

From the minute I walked up to the door and got my wristband, I could feel the culture radiating out of Reelworks. The fashion told stories of where the designers came from, not only in the brand names, but the designs themselves. The music said Colorado” with vociferous effect that let everyone know who was in the building that night. And Rick Ross, looking drippy in his diamond studded glasses, reminded everyone why he’s called the boss. All the ingredients to a recipe for representation culminated right here in Denver, and I feel bad for anyone who starved themselves of an enriching experience.

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Polo G “Capalot” the Chicago Prodigy

Polo G, the Chicaco Prodigy. One of the hottest names in hip-hop who took the industry by storm with his unique rise to fame came to town to showcase his third studio album, Hall of Fame. Polo brought his young artist Scorey who put on an electrifying and engaging performance for an early support act. Joining Polo on this tour is another hot artist on the rise. Hotboii, per usual, rocked the stage and had the crowd screaming word for word to his main hits Don’t Need Time and Nobody Special.

Finally it was time for Polo to take the stage. DJ Toney Tone had a short introductory set and finally dropped the beat to a fan favorite Flex. The crowd erupted and phone lights came out. Polo entered the stage with a ton of energy and appeared to be in a great mood. Surprisingly enough, Polo steered away from what most hip hop artists do and gave his fan all of their favorites. Playing a wide range of songs from his three album discography.

Remember, Polo’s rise to fame came without mixtapes, something his supporters praise him for.