Lupe Fiasco, Trae And Bun B Pack House Of Blues

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Photos by Marco Torres

For more images from the show, see our slideshow here.

9:10 p.m.:
Goodness gracious. House of Blues is stuffed to the gills tonight. And it appears that all races love alt-rap.

9:13: Is it really so much to ask that venues that have no seating to arrange for some type of height-based requirements for where you can stand during a show. You could do it shortest to tallest, like a high school panoramic picture. It sounds like it might be a bit of hassle at first, but is anybody really going to argue with being able to see better? The tiny woman standing next to us who will be staring at some guy's lower back for the duration of the show certainly wouldn't.

9:19: Some guy with prime standing position worked his way out of the way of the middle of the crowd to get a beverage. He got it, then tried to wiggle his way back to his spot, only to get stonewalled by a group of four or five Asian fellows. Nice job, Asians. Message sent.

9:20: The "Loooo-Peeey" chants have started.

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9:22: The lights go dark. The guy standing behind us screams, "OHHHHH!" Some lights come on onstage and he screams, "OHHHH!" A guitar player starts in on a solo. "OHHHH!" The guitar player stops playing. "OHHHH!" Jesus Christ. Of all of the places to land in here, we end up next to an overeager screamer. Beautiful.

9:25: Just as an Asian guy (separate from the Stonewallers) was lighting up a blunt, HOB staff was walking through our area of the crowd. The HOB guy, being real cool about it, says, "You gotta get rid of that, buddy." The Asian guy responds, "Oh, sorry about that," then tosses it on the floor and steps on it. But as soon as the HOB guy wanders off he picks it back up and lights it again. Fuckin' Asian guys have been the highlight of the night so far.

9:26: Lupe is wearing a jacket not unlike Cap'n Crunch's. This should be a good show. Anytime we've ever seen someone dressed like someone on a cereal box, things have worked out well.

9:27: Cool. Hat-tip to Radiohead by Lupe.

9:34: He's doing "Hip-Hop Saved My Life." That's the song that he wrote about Slim Thug, in case you didn't know. Because of that, he will forever be Houston-affiliated. The place is nuts right now. Drake gets the same kind of treatment for his proper support of The H.

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