Slick Rick at Warehouse Live, 4/11/2014


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He may not move or dance too much, but Rick has a reserved energy that fits his personality perfectly. Later in his set, he did extend his arms and do a few comic dances, albeit never moving more than a few feet from the center of the stage. What he lacks in movement he makes up for with his vibes. "Children's Story" and "Hey Young World" is played, and the memories continue to resurface.

Rick ends the night by asking the crowd if they prefer the "New School" or the "Old School" the most. "By your applause, which do you like the most?" he asked. Of course, on this night, with this demographic, Old School wins every time. Then he dropped what he says is his favorite Old School joint: "Jump Around" by House of Pain.

The crowd went wild, and the storyteller was pleased. The Ruler had left the building, and his kingdom rules supreme.

Personal Bias: I tried to dress up as Slick Rick once for Halloween. I bought the Kangol, fake gold chains and the eyepatch, but couldn't nail down the British accent, so I went as Fidel Castro instead (as if my Cuban is any better).

The Crowd: Way too small for a Friday night. They were hype, though.

Overheard In the Crowd: The opening comedian (sorry dude, I forgot your name and I lost your card) told lots of jokes about having sex with large women. And he does an impressive job singing Damien Marley's "Welcome to Jamrock."

Random Notebook Dump: One of the opening acts, @Acre_Music, asked us to follow him on Twitter. When I checked his profile, I seem to have blocked him some time ago when I was going through my "block-everyone-who-sends-you-unsolicited-music" phase. Sorry, dude, I unblocked you now. I enjoyed the "you don't know me, I be on my hustle" track that you finished with.


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Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

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