Standing in line to pick up tickets with the photographer, Bun B happens to walk up right behind us. (The Bun B Law of Inevitability is infallible.) I turn around and tell him hello and that we've spoken on the time several times and met briefly backstage at the T-Pain concert. He pretends to remember who I am. Then I remark "Man, I see you everywhere I go." To which he responds, "I try to get out."
Now, in my head, the way this works is I explain to him to the principles of The Bun B Law of Inevitability, he laughs, we make small talk about Haiti and Pat Robertson and become fast friends. Then, smitten by charm, he lets me do a verse on his next album. In my head, I'm super smooth. I'm Enrique Iglesias Jr. in "Hero." In real life though, I suck. So all is say back is "...yep" and then turn around.
The lights have gone off in here and the crowd, still a little then at the moment, begins to push in. Goodie Mob wanders out one by one towards the front of the stage to the Rocky
theme. Nobody is dressed in fishnets, nor is anybody wearing a wig. Kinda disappointing.
Man, Cee-Lo is extra weird-looking in person. He looks just like Kuato from Total Recall
. They're doing "Get Rich To This," which is kind of ironic since they're probably only doing this tour for the money. No matter. It's good to have them in town.
A polite enough gentleman is telling me how disappointed he is that Scarface didn't show up. As a consolation, I tell him how Bun B was just outside a few minutes ago, which means he'll be on stage sooner or later. "Cool," he says. "Did you talk to him?" Dammit. 9:42: Cee-Lo has taken off his overshirt. He is stalking around the stage in a black undershirt. If you were going to argue that Cee-Lo is not proportioned just like a midget, your whole case just got crushed.
You can not overstate how entertaining it is to watch a middle-aged white woman eagerly dance to rap music in a non-sexual way. It's amazing. It's like she's thinking in her head, "I know everyone is thinking I probably shouldn't be here, so let me much dance extra hard so everyone can see just how much I really love hip-hop. Hey, everyone, look how much I'm moving my shoulders up and down!"
They're doing "Liberation" now, probably one of Cee-Lo's best features. If Erykah Badu walks out on stage I am going to crap myself.