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Family goes to T.O.
By Alex Chiang
There are three rules at a Bad Boy Concert, according to hip-hop artist/producer Sean Combs (a.k.a. Puff Daddy):
1) There's no sitting allowed.
2) No player haters allowed.
3) Y'all have to represent your city.
Few would argue Puff Daddy and his crew don't have a flare for the dramatic, as any of his music videos demonstrate. Unfortunately, last Wednesday night at the SkyDome in Toronto, Puff Daddy and the Family's World Tour failed to give the 8,000 hip-hop fans in attendance anything out of the ordinary for the $70 they had to shell out.
Sure, the list of performers was impressive with Dru Hill, Busta Rhymes, Mase, 112, Lil' Kim, The Lox, Lil' Caese and Junior M.A.F.I.A. in attendance, however one couldn't help but feel the sets could have been more impressive.
That's not to say the hip-hop stars didn't put on a good show. The three-and-a-half hours breezed by as one artist after another performed block rockin' beats. Plus there was the expected combination of cussing and shrewd sexual remarks that has popularized hip-hop into the mainstream as suburban youths cry out for a dose of the black ghetto culture.
In this respect, no one topped Busta Rhymes' performance as he told anyone in the audience that was under 18 to go home to bed. Afterward, Rhymes proceeded to strip down his pants, wipe his genitals with a towel and throw it to the crowd.
While the sets left something to be desired, Puffy, Lil' Kim and Mase were visually stimulating, changing outfits for every song. Puffy and Mase's shiny space-like suits as seen in the video for "Feel So Good" and Lil' Kim's S&M black leather outfit in the video "It's All About the Benjamins" added to the spectacle of the already outrageous show.
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The highlight of the concert was the performance of renowned New York DJ Kid Capri, who in between the Dru Hill and Busta Rhymes opening sets, spun various hip-hop, reggae and old school tunes with a melée of record-scratching that had the SkyDome jumping.
The evening concluded with the entire Bad Boy family performing "It's All About the Benjamins" wearing black baseball jerseys, each with their names on the back. Nothing could have been more symbolic of Puff Daddy and his corporation's rise to the top of the business, for only he has the business sense and influence that could have assembled such a talented collection of artists into one show, not to mention the drawing power to charge so much for one ticket.