I was at this show and I'm sure it's the best show I've been at this year so far...for many reasons of course, firstly its the legendary First Family from brownsville, secondly they tore the stage down like I expected, the style of the show was unique and they gave the crowd that routine that has made them household names in the hip hop Community and around the world.
Supported by long time member and M.O.P. crew member Lazy Laze on the decks and as hype man the Foundation rappers did what they are best known for...gave it to the the crowd RAW!
They both marched onto the stage brandishing Courvoisier bottle and mic in hand to their 2001 smash hit Cold As Ice and the stage came alive. The trademark wail "OH" could be heard all the way from the stage to suburbs in Hampstead Heath as they cocked back and sprayed the classics from St. Marxmen to the Foundation, Warriorz, First Family 4 Life, To the Death and Firing Squad albums.
Highlights of this show were when they took an unlikely but well worked break to party with the crowd, with Fame taking to the decks and providing anthems such the Ludacris' "Move b**ch" to Jay Z's "99 Problems" as the crowd was made to chorus the famous tracks while Danze and Laze danced, drank and shared drink with their fans.
They also did short tributes to fallen comrades Guru and Big L, there was a sombre intermission featuring Bob Marleys Three Little Birds (Don't worry about a thing) in which they managed to generate a sort of calm in the crowd before the storm that lay ahead.
The show continued in force with more head bangers and was rapped up in true M.O.P. style with the MONSTER smash Ante Up (Robbin Hoodz Theory)...need I say the party was shut down at this stage and poor Bob Marley (R.I.P) was now clearly "worried about a thing" or two to do with attitudes in the building as fights broke out, moshing went into overdrive and "yap that fool" and "kidnap that fool" rang out like war cries from a crowd so possessed that a Pentecostal Preacher would have got his Wrist Watch and Bible taken from him had he tried to intervene.
M.O.P. have been and still are the livest Hip Hop duo i've ever heard and they performed in the same manner...I WILL RECOMMEND you become a fan if you aren't and get to see them if they come to your town!