Last Night: Dante Higgins Mixtape Release At Midtown Lounge

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Photos by Larami Culbertson
Dante Higgins
Dante Higgins, Doughbeezy, The Monster, Delo, O.N.E., Overdose, Leo Solomon
Midtown Lounge
February 16, 2011

10:11 p.m.: Walking in, Doughbeezy and The Monster are out front saying things into a video camera. Those two run together apparently, which is pretty much a perfect pairing. You've got the diminutive motor-mouth little brother and the What, Mother Fucker!? big brother. Things rarely work out so poetically.

10:23: Rapper O.N.E. is wandering around touching hands with people. He's performing tonight. The last time we saw him live he was tough stuff.

10:32: If your legs look like oak tree stumps, maybe you leave that mini-skirt on the rack? And maybe you get some better friends?

10:34: The show tonight is being hosted tonight by a local comedian named Ken 2 the Fool. It appears that he is sponsored by Adidas.

10:41: "Make some noise if you ain't got AIDS!" Cool, cool.

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Leo Solomon
10:46: Ken 2 enjoys hearing himself talk. He introduces the first act, a singer named Jason Walker who goes by Leo Solomon (that might be the first time someone adopted a stage name that was equally as innocuous as the original), then continues to chat it up for a good two minutes. Solomon shrugs after several seconds then walks off stage and waits 'til Ken 2 is finished.

10:51: Whoa. Leo Solomon Who's Really Jason Walker is good. He's a bit of that poppy R&B. One of the songs he does flips a sample from television show Living Single and references Trae and Z-Ro. Several people with brightly colored drinks sway in the air in approval.

10:51:04: By the way, why is there such a preponderance of red and pink drinks at mostly black events? Has that ever been addressed?

10:57: O.N.E. is next up. He opens with an a cappella, which is one of his go-to moves. He's especially tough to corral when he's allowed to roam without any form of predestined iambic pentameter. Tonight is no different.

10:59: The guy from R.I.S.E. DVD is here. He's cool because he wears a mechanic's shirt and church shoes.

11:07: Despite some issues with the microphone cutting out, O.N.E. gives a solid performance. His reward: Ken 2 the Fool making fun of his track jacket.

11:09: Ken 2 introduces Doughbeezy as the next performer and a gaggle of girls rush the stage screaming. Cool stuff. Except the next act is a rapper named Overdose, not Beezy. Whoops.

The conundrum is immediately clear: Will the girls who clearly came to see Beezy stay at their post at the front of the stage (they're currently the only ones there), or will they retreat back to their table and leave poor Mr. Dose to fend for himself?

11:09:04: So, the girls are back the table...

11:15: Overdose is a serviceable rapper, but he had quite a bit of his wind sapped by the mistaken identity. These are the perils of being booked around The Beez. Rap is a tough job.


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Midtown Lounge

2117 Chenevert, Houston, TX

Category: Music


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20 comments
@MarcusBowers
@MarcusBowers

I'ma huge fan of "underground" H-TOWN rappers.... before this show, I only heard the song Dante did with Doughbeezy to the H.A.M. beat via* TWITTER..... I was an instant fan of both..... paid my hot $10 for admission and I'd do it again in a heartbeat......

Illuminatan
Illuminatan

Sheas real name is steven because he felt it was more Black of a name. He is a really a teacher who doesnt stay for the entire length of any of the shows he claims to attend and then writes reviews for them. This is not how a Houston Press journalist should write.

Lewis Alex88
Lewis Alex88

much love to my fam on us journey to it all

C.Sherry
C.Sherry

Shoutout to DOUGHBEZZY!!!! He gonna be..better yet... betta be the next come up from H Town....that boy wreck anything!! Push it to tha limit Tai!!! You got a lot of what these boys out here want and that's TALENT!! you got my support til tha end!!! You blessed boy!!

D. Noel
D. Noel

My man Dante Higgins did it again. This performance was nothing short of amazing, passionately spittin every verse as if it was his last. He didn't disappoint, never Have!!!! Patna/Fan CASHCOWZ "FresH"

Mjadaprofessa
Mjadaprofessa

My nigga Doughbeezy da truth Htown finnest feel me if u aint heard him u outta there!

Lesterdog05
Lesterdog05

best show hands down two thumbs up to this dude

Aristendior31
Aristendior31

The show was a really good look. This is what Houston is about.... I support all the artist!! It was my first time meeting and seeing H.I.G perform and I must say I am now a fan. Doughbeezy KILLS it as always and the band is just a PLUS. If you haven't been out to Midtown Lounge for an event now is the time. Support Good Music!!!

Amira Ford
Amira Ford

Tai been a beast forever!!!! Wish I was in htown to witness this event...but he going to always wreck with or without me being there...if you in the H make sure u check him out live or and no matter where u at visit his webpage @ http://doughbeezy.com/ keep guys keep doing ya thing #ham!

kdogg873
kdogg873

sHoutout my nigga DOUGHBEEZY!! BOS MAC KAB THE Fuccin DON!! and dat boi Dante Higgs!! tryna welcome Him into dis BNFA Movement mane! we need mo like em!! Shae Serrano! good Article!!!!

Htownmoneygetter
Htownmoneygetter

Hig and Undergravity is a force.. Historic show.Y yall aint say nuthin bout undergravity??? Im mad!

DAB
DAB

Midtown Lounge is one of the best places for these artists to start off performing, the energy that fills the room is awesome. Doughbeezy crashed the mic as usual and H.I.G. reminded everyone why they came and picked up more than a few new fans, myself included.

Spaceagefam
Spaceagefam

Livest show i ever performed at and attended. Hands down.

Tevinaddison
Tevinaddison

The concert was the best I had a greaT time I will be at the next one.

A.Hughes
A.Hughes

Show was a good look for the city..H.I.G. did a good job of getting people out and selecting artists who were entertaining and supportive of the other artists...

San Marcos
San Marcos

Doughbeezy and these boys are wrecking. Next big thing out of the H, best be ready.

Gotfashion
Gotfashion

I LOVE to see good people doing BIG THINGS and making even BETTER MUSIC!!!!! Kudos!!!!

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