Last Night: Swishahouse Reunion At House Of Blues

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Photos by Marco Torres
Birthday boy Michael "5000" Watts backstage at House of Blues
Michael "5000" Watts Birthday Celebration & Swishahouse Reunion
House of Blues
June 9th, 2011

The premise was simple: bring together every Swishahouse artist, past to present, for a reunion concert, invite 2,000 of your closest friends, and profit.

Simple? Sure. Easy? Not quite. But if anyone in Houston can rally the troops to pull off this kind of momentous event, it would be the Northside rap label's founder and cornerstone, Mr. Michael "5000" Watts.

Walking into the venue just before 10 p.m., Aftermath was pleasantly surprised to see that the room was already almost to capacity. A trifecta of turntables was setup onstage, and DJ T-Gray, Watts, and DJ Mankind shook the crowd as MC Kane worked his magic.

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MC Kane pumps up the crowd.

The night shifted into gear when Treal Lee, Mr. Hit Dat Hoe himself, D-Town Boogie'd all over the stage. There was no hating on Dallas this night, as the crowd cheered Lee's enthusiasm just as much as every Jason Terry basket shown on the projector screens on each side of the stage. Lee shut it down in his own zone with the hit "Throwed Off."

Lil Keke hit the stage hard and ran through his classics such as "Still Pimpin Pens" and "Southside." Although hailing from the South, he signed with Swishahouse in 2005.

Watts then asked the crowd "Where my Latinos at?" and dropped the SPM classic "Merry-Go-Round." Lil Young, the first Mexican-American artist signed to Swishahouse, took the stage in a fresh white and black suit and shiny Stacy Adams. The Latino parade continued with the inclusion of Lucky Luciano and surprise guest Chingo Bling.

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Sophia Fresh serenades Mr. Watts.
The R&B girl group Sophia Fresh then treated Watts to a soulful a cappella rendition of "Happy Birthday." It was a beautiful gesture that had Watts smiling ear to ear.

The ladies were treated to the sounds of Surreal, the only female on the Swishahouse roster. She performed her song "I Know' featuring DJ Chose, who put his uptempo bounce style into the mix. R&B singer Dallas Blocker gave the ladies even more reason to scream with "Rock Ya Body."


Location Info

House of Blues

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music


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SHELENE DUNN
SHELENE DUNN

THIS SHOW WAS PATHETIC, I HAD NEVER BEEN TO HOUSE OF BLUES BUT LUCKILY OTHER PEOPLE TOLD ME IT WAS JUST THE PPL I CAME TO SEE, ALL ARTIEST DONT DO IT LIKE THIS @ HOUSE OF BLUES, SAID SHOW START @ 7, I GOT THERE @  9AND GUESS WHAT DALLAS BLOCKER CAME OUT @ NEARLY MIDNITE THIS WS A FARCE.... I WAS SO ANGRY I WENT OUTSIDE AND MISSED EVERIBODI , I LEFT OUT ON DALLAS BLOCKER, I WAS JUST TOO PISSED ALREADY, $35 STANDING ROOM ONLY , AND THIS HOW IT WAS, EVERIBODY THERE NEARLY WAS COMPLAINING, PEOPLE WERE LEAVING, THEY SAID IT WS MIKE WATTS BIRTHDAY BASH, THE BASH WAS SUMWHERE ELSE AND THEY JUST CAME UP THERE BOUT 1.5 HOURS .... I TOOK MY CUZN FOR HER BIRTHDAY, SHE DID LOVE THE 1.5 HR SHOW SHE SAW, ALTHOUGH NO MIKE JONES AND NO PAUL WALL WHICH WERE THE MAIN PPL I WANTED TO SEE, BOY I TELL YA, AND HOUSTON RAPPERS WONDER WHY THEY DONT GET NO SUPPORT..... MAN THESE JANKY PROMOTERS SHOW MADE SWISHA HOUSE LOOK BAD.... I JUST THOUGHT THEY HAD REAL LUV FOR MIKE WATTS, WELL HELL I GUESS THEY DO, IT JUST WAS NO LUV FOR THE SWISHA HOUSE FANS... SUPER DISAPPOINTED, BUT I HEARD JUVENILE TRILL FAM NEM DID THEIR THANG EVERY BODI SAID THAT... BOO SWISHA HOUSE ASSHOLES, JUST WANTED OUR MONEY, THATS MESSED UPNIGGAS AND FLIES, SMH

SHELENE DUNN
SHELENE DUNN

THIS SHOW WAS PATHETIC, I HAD NEVER BEEN TO HOUSE OF BLUES BUT LUCKILY OTHER PEOPLE TOLD ME IT WAS JUST THE PPL I CAME TO SEE, ALL ARTIEST DONT DO IT LIKE THIS @ HOUSE OF BLUES, SAID SHOW START @ 7, I GOT THERE @  9AND GUESS WHAT DALLAS BLOCKER CAME OUT @ NEARLY MIDNITE THIS WS A FARCE.... I WAS SO ANGRY I WENT OUTSIDE AND MISSED EVERIBODI , I LEFT OUT ON DALLAS BLOCKER, I WAS JUST TOO PISSED ALREADY, $35 STANDING ROOM ONLY , AND THIS HOW IT WAS, EVERIBODY THERE NEARLY WAS COMPLAINING, PEOPLE WERE LEAVING, THEY SAID IT WS MIKE WATTS BIRTHDAY BASH, THE BASH WAS SUMWHERE ELSE AND THEY JUST CAME UP THERE BOUT 1.5 HOURS .... I TOOK MY CUZN FOR HER BIRTHDAY, SHE DID LOVE THE 1.5 HR SHOW SHE SAW, ALTHOUGH NO MIKE JONES AND NO PAUL WALL WHICH WERE THE MAIN PPL I WANTED TO SEE, BOY I TELL YA, AND HOUSTON RAPPERS WONDER WHY THEY DONT GET NO SUPPORT..... MAN THESE JANKY PROMOTERS SHOW MADE SWISHA HOUSE LOOK BAD.... I JUST THOUGHT THEY HAD REAL LUV FOR MIKE WATTS, WELL HELL I GUESS THEY DO, IT JUST WAS NO LUV FOR THE SWISHA HOUSE FANS... SUPER DISAPPOINTED, BUT I HEARD JUVENILE TRILL FAM NEM DID THEIR THANG EVERY BODI SAID THAT... BOO SWISHA HOUSE ASSHOLES, JUST WANTED OUR MONEY, THATS MESSED UPNIGGAS AND FLIES, SMH

SHELENED
SHELENED

THIS SHOW WAS PATHETIC, I HAD NEVER BEEN TO HOUSE OF BLUES BUT LUCKILY OTHER PEOPLE TOLD ME IT WAS JUST THE PPL I CAME TO SEE, ALL ARTIEST DONT DO IT LIKE THIS @ HOUSE OF BLUES, SAID SHOW START @ 7, I GOT THERE @  9AND GUESS WHAT DALLAS BLOCKER CAME OUT @ NEARLY MIDNITE THIS WS A FARCE.... I WAS SO ANGRY I WENT OUTSIDE AND MISSED EVERIBODI , I LEFT OUT ON DALLAS BLOCKER, I WAS JUST TOO PISSED ALREADY, $35 STANDING ROOM ONLY , AND THIS HOW IT WAS, EVERIBODY THERE NEARLY WAS COMPLAINING, PEOPLE WERE LEAVING, THEY SAID IT WS MIKE WATTS BIRTHDAY BASH, THE BASH WAS SUMWHERE ELSE AND THEY JUST CAME UP THERE BOUT 1.5 HOURS .... I TOOK MY CUZN FOR HER BIRTHDAY, SHE DID LOVE THE 1.5 HR SHOW SHE SAW, ALTHOUGH NO MIKE JONES AND NO PAUL WALL WHICH WERE THE MAIN PPL I WANTED TO SEE, BOY I TELL YA, AND HOUSTON RAPPERS WONDER WHY THEY DONT GET NO SUPPORT..... MAN THESE JANKY PROMOTERS SHOW MADE SWISHA HOUSE LOOK BAD.... I JUST THOUGHT THEY HAD REAL LUV FOR MIKE WATTS, WELL HELL I GUESS THEY DO, IT JUST WAS NO LUV FOR THE SWISHA HOUSE FANS... SUPER DISAPPOINTED, BUT I HEARD JUVENILE TRILL FAM NEM DID THEIR THANG EVERY BODI SAID THAT... BOO SWISHA HOUSE ASSHOLES, JUST WANTED OUR MONEY, THATS MESSED UPNIGGAS AND FLIES, SMH

SHELENED
SHELENED

THIS SHOW WAS PATHETIC, I HAD NEVER BEEN TO HOUSE OF BLUES BUT LUCKILY OTHER PEOPLE TOLD ME IT WAS JUST THE PPL I CAME TO SEE, ALL ARTIEST DONT DO IT LIKE THIS @ HOUSE OF BLUES, SAID SHOW START @ 7, I GOT THERE @  9AND GUESS WHAT DALLAS BLOCKER CAME OUT @ NEARLY MIDNITE THIS WS A FARCE.... I WAS SO ANGRY I WENT OUTSIDE AND MISSED EVERIBODI , I LEFT OUT ON DALLAS BLOCKER, I WAS JUST TOO PISSED ALREADY, $35 STANDING ROOM ONLY , AND THIS HOW IT WAS, EVERIBODY THERE NEARLY WAS COMPLAINING, PEOPLE WERE LEAVING, THEY SAID IT WS MIKE WATTS BIRTHDAY BASH, THE BASH WAS SUMWHERE ELSE AND THEY JUST CAME UP THERE BOUT 1.5 HOURS .... I TOOK MY CUZN FOR HER BIRTHDAY, SHE DID LOVE THE 1.5 HR SHOW SHE SAW, ALTHOUGH NO MIKE JONES AND NO PAUL WALL WHICH WERE THE MAIN PPL I WANTED TO SEE, BOY I TELL YA, AND HOUSTON RAPPERS WONDER WHY THEY DONT GET NO SUPPORT..... MAN THESE JANKY PROMOTERS SHOW MADE SWISHA HOUSE LOOK BAD.... I JUST THOUGHT THEY HAD REAL LUV FOR MIKE WATTS, WELL HELL I GUESS THEY DO, IT JUST WAS NO LUV FOR THE SWISHA HOUSE FANS... SUPER DISAPPOINTED, BUT I HEARD JUVENILE TRILL FAM NEM DID THEIR THANG EVERY BODI SAID THAT... BOO SWISHA HOUSE ASSHOLES, JUST WANTED OUR MONEY, THATS MESSED UPNIGGAS AND FLIES, SMH

SHELENED
SHELENED

THIS SHOW WAS PATHETIC, I HAD NEVER BEEN TO HOUSE OF BLUES BUT LUCKILY OTHER PEOPLE TOLD ME IT WAS JUST THE PPL I CAME TO SEE, ALL ARTIEST DONT DO IT LIKE THIS @ HOUSE OF BLUES, SAID SHOW START @ 7, I GOT THERE @  9AND GUESS WHAT DALLAS BLOCKER CAME OUT @ NEARLY MIDNITE THIS WS A FARCE.... I WAS SO ANGRY I WENT OUTSIDE AND MISSED EVERIBODI , I LEFT OUT ON DALLAS BLOCKER, I WAS JUST TOO PISSED ALREADY, $35 STANDING ROOM ONLY , AND THIS HOW IT WAS, EVERIBODY THERE NEARLY WAS COMPLAINING, PEOPLE WERE LEAVING, THEY SAID IT WS MIKE WATTS BIRTHDAY BASH, THE BASH WAS SUMWHERE ELSE AND THEY JUST CAME UP THERE BOUT 1.5 HOURS .... I TOOK MY CUZN FOR HER BIRTHDAY, SHE DID LOVE THE 1.5 HR SHOW SHE SAW, ALTHOUGH NO MIKE JONES AND NO PAUL WALL WHICH WERE THE MAIN PPL I WANTED TO SEE, BOY I TELL YA, AND HOUSTON RAPPERS WONDER WHY THEY DONT GET NO SUPPORT..... MAN THESE JANKY PROMOTERS SHOW MADE SWISHA HOUSE LOOK BAD.... I JUST THOUGHT THEY HAD REAL LUV FOR MIKE WATTS, WELL HELL I GUESS THEY DO, IT JUST WAS NO LUV FOR THE SWISHA HOUSE FANS... SUPER DISAPPOINTED, BUT I HEARD JUVENILE TRILL FAM NEM DID THEIR THANG EVERY BODI SAID THAT... BOO SWISHA HOUSE ASSHOLES, JUST WANTED OUR MONEY, THATS MESSED UPNIGGAS AND FLIES, SMH

Marco Torres
Marco Torres

I've photographed and reviewed quite a few Houston rap concerts, and my "did that show suck" barometer is pretty accurate. The Master P show was a let down. This show was not. Would I have wanted PWall, Cham, & Mike Jones to show. Of course. But I knew having them perform would be difficult, so I wasn't surprised.

They only time I heard any "boo's" from the crowd was for Dallas Blocker, and that was one guy.YMMV.

Guest
Guest

It was good seeing Sophia Fresh singing a capella. I think the city is sleeping on them BIG TIME. They've been repping the H for years.

Toni Montanna
Toni Montanna

I guess if you weren't expecting much, the show was good. But the promoter was sloppy and false advertised a lot of the artists, also shunned quite a bit of press.

Guest
Guest

WHAT??? That show was a big let down, and not because of the no-shows.  It was not organized or put together very well at all

Randy SoSouth
Randy SoSouth

Nice show. Big Pic was in the house, good to see most of that original Swishouse family.

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