By Taleisha Newbill, Contributor
Hip-hops new kid on the block, Joey Bada$$ brought along four of his pros and gave Omaha the taste of New York on Sunday, October 5 at the Slowdown. Four out of the lucky 47 members to join the B4DA$$ tour are Nyck Caution, Dyemond Lewis, CJ Fly, and Kirk Knight. After the meet and great and the V.I.P., the general admission fans came swarming through and no longer the show started.
Rhymesayers own, deM atalaS was the opening act rocking the crowd like it was his own headlining show. Even the unknown became very well acquainted. Reminiscent of the Pharacyde, with grimy bars and scatting vocals, deM atalaS is making his own name in his own way.
Perfectly on time came out on the pros starting with Nyck Caution. He owned the stage as if it belonged to him and brought out Dyemond Lewis and Kirk Knight to perform songs from his own tape and songs from the popular tape, P.E.E.P: The aPROcalypse. Next it was Kirk Knight, the Pros in-house producer, performed songs from the late great Capital STEEZ, bringing him back to life and also some unreleased tracks from his own long awaited tape, coming out after the head leader’s debut album. Last but not least, captain CJ Fly was well prepared to perform hits from his own critically acclaimed tape Thee Way Eye See It.
All the members kept the intense attention of all the fans but when the ring leader Joey Bada$$ came out with “95 Til Infinity” from the Summer Knights mixtape from last year, the crowd got into their New York stance and brought the heat as if they’re from Miami. Rapping line after line, including the ab-libs, fans in unison rapped along to his set of songs from his first tape, 1999 and Summer Knights.
The songs include FromdaTomb$, Hardknock, Funky Ho’$, Waves, Sweet Dreams, Amethyst Rockstar, Unorthodox, and some new joints from his debut B4DA$$. What left fire on the stage was when he ended the night performing Survival Tactics with the rest of the pros.
Multiple mosh pit were formed, the members and fans were stage diving from all angles creating this euphoric atmosphere that people in large festivals will only understand. After ending the show with a “ba boom ba boom ba boom boom” they all met their die hard fans at the merch booth, taking pictures, signing autographs and truly being welcome in arms of fans from all different backgrounds.
With this slow run of hip-hop shows in Omaha in the last few years, Pro Era featuring Joey Bada$$ set the end of the year on a note that is very hard to reach. He brought New York to the middle of the United States. So spread love it’s the Brooklyn way.