New Jersey natives Naughty by Nature aka hip hop royalty graced our city with their presence on October 29 in Brisbane. Unfortunately this was a gig yours truly could not attend, however HollysAGemini did so keep reading for the gig breakdown on the Naughty ones.
The show was held at the Hamilton Hotel which is, to be frank, not an ideal venue for any larger show. There were issues with ventilation and sound, which understandably led to some frustration from the support acts.
Ticket prices were quite reasonable at $49. However, given the recent experience of resident blogger Miss Fancye I decided to purchase my tickets at the door on the night hoping to score a bargain. Good thing I did as they were reduced to $39.
The crowd was a good and interesting mix of types, from your hip hop heads to preppy kids who are just now discovering 90s hip hop. Everyone seemed intent on having a good time and I didn’t notice any beef or argy bargy, which is unusual for a hip hop show in Brisbane.
I caught two of the four support acts on the night. One of these was local act KMT. KMT featured four young Indigenous performers three guys and the shining star, female MC Kayla Tyson. They were supported by a gorgeous young blonde lady DJ, and all put in an energetic and solid performance despite the aforementioned sound difficulties.
The next support act was a local all girl group by the name of Beauty and the Beats, who were an interesting mix of two vocalists, one female beat boxer and a backup singer on acoustic guitar. Their set mainly consisted of covers of popular reggae, pop and rnb tracks. They had the crowd singing along by the end of their performance.
Despite a super long (over 30 minute) sound check, the crowd was amped when Naughty’s DJ Kay Gee finally arrived on stage. After some hype by Vin Rock, KG let rip on a great 90s hip hop set that got the crowd vibing.
Once Treach arrived onstage in his typical menacing style decked out in a red Naughty By Nature hoodie and sunglasses, it was time for a medley of their classics with “O.P.P” being a standout crowd favourite. They then gave a preview of their upcoming album (to be released mid December 2011) with the latest single “Flags”. “Craziest” got the crowd pumped, especially with the inclusion of lyrics: “Brisbane ni**as are the CRAZIEST” and “AUSSIE ni**as are the craziest!”
The set lost its momentum over the next while, during which Treach was addressing the crowd about the importance of keeping the peace, and Kay Gee played a non-inspiring set of popular tracks by other artists for the crowd to sing along to. I thought this was strange and fairly boring.
The threesome then re-energised the audience by spinning some of their party anthems which were a huge hit and got everyone from the stage to the back of the room grooving along with “Jamboree” and “Holiday.”
The night ended in a sea of swaying hands with the 1993 classic “Hip Hop Hooray.”
DJ KG, Vin Rock & Treach’s performances were really good. It was obvious to everyone that they still love what they do. They kept the set mostly energetic and for performers of their vintage it’s really great to see. While the show was no match for the much hyped ‘96 Brisbane Entertainment Centre show, the boys certainly didn’t let down their longstanding fans with last night’s solid performance.
Did you go to the Naughty by Nature gig in Brisbane or in other cities? I would love to hear your opinion of the show!
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