Monday, August 08, 2005

The Show, The Support and The Aftermath

"Damn right the Fire Marshall wanna shut us down"-Ludacris (Stand Up)

I aint gon' lie to you, if you wasn't @ The Rhythm Room this past Saturday (August 6, 2005) for the monthly BENCH (Brought to you by BBC and Comp 1) then you missed the absolute best show I have ever been blessed enough to rock and be a apart of. Usually, I get hit up w/ emails, phone calls, guest book entries from my supporters after one of my shows, One of them selfish perks an artist lives for to see what folks thought about it. I have neeeeeevvvvver evvvvveeeer sat and wrote my own review about a show, but just this once, I will break it down because daaaaaamn.. It was definitely a sight to see.

The Rhythm Room was stuuuupid packed..It had to be well over 85-90 degrees in that bitch come show time, if anyone has ever been to this spot in the City's Old 6th Ward section you will know that the venue is a local and regional live band setting, equipped w/ a decent bar, free water cooler, pool tables, decent sound and what felt like absolutely no A.C. at all. The line-up included Up and Coming local Hip Hop acts and DJ's still hustling right outside the commercial walls to make a new for themselves.

After some slight group delays and Comp 1' thoroughly spinning the B-Boys into a Frenzy w/ the Old Skool Classics, No Reccs(sp) took the stage first and got the crowd amped up with his One Man Show. The beat-box technician launched into his story telling/sound effect filled set and showed the crowd a taste of his talents, including renditions of Audio Two's "Top Billin'" and Jay-Z's "Brush ya Shoulders Off".. a nice jump-off for the night originality wise. With the crowd now gathering closer to the stage, The 3 Man Turntable exhibition consisting of Akshun Kid (Krackernuttz), DJ Remix and DJ Baby Jae (Krackernuttz) handled up on the wheels of steel and laced the crowd with Gem after Gem, mixing, cutting and slicing the soundscape with their variety of musick. It was tooo gangsta. The highlight was when the morphed into Biggie's "10 Crack Commandments".. Sick

With the venue reaching unbearable heat, folks mingled, hit the bar and gathered themselves back up to the front for the Video Premier of my new street joint "Head Banger Boogie Monster" Directed by Houston's Own FLY GUY PRODUCTIONS. The soon to be released DVD contained an intro from Latium/Universal Recording Artist Rob-G and featured a gang of cameos from local Hip Hop Luminaries such as The S.W.A.T. Click, S.I., Lower Life Form, Savvi, Que and Dark Sunz to name a few. The reaction from the crowd floored me, heads applauded, screamed...straight up victory cheered for ya boy...I was so amped up on the side of the stage I almost couldn't contain myself...

BBC introduces me... When I walked onto the stage.. maaan. shit was electric, nothing but fist pumpin.... My hype-man Chico was already screaming at folks, "Yall muthafuckas ready for Zilla"... The beat drops... GAME OVER!!!!!! ...I love the transformation that takes place when I step on that stage, there is nothing else like it... No high, No alcohol, No aphrodisiac, nada...I could see the look in peoples faces.. I can feel their vibe, their current running through me.. that shit is just.. crazy.. I will leave it up to the folks that attended the show to comment on my performance, I can't critique my own shit.. but I think I held it down.. naw, fuck that.. I know I held it down.

The Highlights of the evening for me was to bring out The Legenday K-O. We performed the "Untitled" track from their forthcoming "48 Seasons" which then segued into their underground classic "WORLD REKNOWN". D was so hype on the delivery that I thought his vocals was gonna jump through folks chest in the front row NEO style... Mic back doored him with the same intensity and gave the crowd an unbelievable treat, as well as me a breather... I ended the show with the what I think the crowd was waiting for and that was "HEAD BANGER BOOGIE MONSTER"..I got so caught up in everyone screaming the chorus and leaning down talking to Druski from fly guy that I missed the opening lines of the 3rd verse... Thank god for the hype-man, hahaha.. I reeled it back and ended it the shit ZILLA STYLE...

The Encore.. WOW...I'd be lying if I said I wasn't prepared for it.. I learned that lesson in San Antonio a couple weeks ago when I wasn't prepared for an ENCORE and had to freestyle over the "LEAN BACK INSTRUMENTAL".. hahaha.. needless to say, San Antonio pulled up their pants and rocked away w/ ya boy.. haha, but this time I added a track just in case it happened.. and it did... I broke out "LEAVE YOU" from the archives and the crowd ate it up.. That was probably when it hit me just how much love these folks was throwing my way...I think I had my eyes closed for the first 2 verses cause I was getting a little overwhelmed.. When it was all said and down... I just had to let the mic hang on that one...Maaan.

At this point.. folks are exhausted.. hit the bar on the "last call blast" and sucked it up and sweated it out for THE NIYAT. The original intention was not for NIYAT to hit the stage this late, but there was a delay in their arrival which caused them to get pushed back. It was unfortunate because the crowd had moved to the back of the venue and outside to get some air, so it was not a reflection of any sorts involving their status. Regardless, a nice gathering of the Hip Hop faithful gathered in the front of the stage for'em and them boys launched into a fierce set, backed with Bangin Ass Beats and nothing but darts courtesy of SNAP, D-OLOGY, KHALIF(SP) and Tabu.. Kris aka Shadow held them boys down on the Video steez as folks was pumpin' their fist for the Subterrenean Clan, including the LATE NITE SNAX CREW. These cats are definitely onto something, they just need more oppurtunities to show these heads how it's done.

Overall, the show was an incredible success.. the funny thing is..I personally felt soooo incomplete... I gave my absolute best show on one of the worst nights of my life...I left my heart and soul on that stage for yall... slowly walked off into the corner and broke...cracked...thanked the man upstairs for giving me the strength to finish and pulled myself back together to greet my people. Some folks knew it though, knew what all I had on my plate prior to the show, they could see it in my face, movements... It's those curve balls that life sometimes tosses at you. Sooner or later you catch up to the pitch and knock it out of the park, but you got to maintain your stance, if you know what I mean. Life is a series of these scenarios, But dogg.. I LOVE THE MUSIC...let me repeat...I lovvvve the music... So just like the sample from my track says, "I don't wanna leave you, but you leave me no other choice"... My reply is simply the same..."I Ain't Going No Where... Naw.. I Ain't Going No Where"... U Feel Me? -ZILLA

All Photos Courtesy of HOUSTONHIPHOP.COM


Anonymous Quique411 said...

Yo V, my 1st time seeing you perform (well actually I saw you perform a song a couple weeks back at the Blazing Saddles show)and you didnt dissapoint.I did notice you singing w/yo eyes closed in the encore. If I woulda had any extra cash that night I woulda bought anotha shirt. Next show here in town I'm there. Once again, great show.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous I.G. said...

Once again, VG ya tore the place down man..nice lil' bro' hadn't seen ya in awhile and he went berserk when you flipped into 'Leave You'..classic night bruh...also the 'I Can't Go 4 Dat' ol' skool shit ya kicked was bangin'..the segue vid..'That's ya Boy'..dat's dangerous!!!

Peace, Keep Rockin'

3:49 PM  
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7:08 PM  
Blogger Qenetic Storm said...

damn... thats a badass review... you definitely covered all aspects of the night... and i was there... all i gotta say is.... that the night was a new benchmark in underground houston hiphop.

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Comp 1 said...

Man, Dope ass review, and the show?
Well, we all now that V can't step in a venue without blowin the roof of that mug...

It was a great show for everybody.
Only the Strong, Parot. lol

Holla at yo boy......
Comp 1

1:22 PM  
Blogger Mr.Blakes said...

keep it crackin zilla
your stage show is tremendous

9:47 PM  
Blogger TexasHeater said...

man that crowd looks krunk. check out my blog sometime zilla.

6:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is melissa, baby jae's girlfriend....just wanted to say that i you did great, along with the rest of the people that showcased their talent(s) at The Bench....

"what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger"

1:01 PM  

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