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August 15, 2005

Rocky Start for Fresh Fest?

I didn't even know this was going on until the night before, and my peoples who were there described the turnout as "depressing." Naturally the veterans still rocked the house, however. Hope they smooth things out for the rest of the tour, nobody deserves a packed house more than this lineup.

Hip-Hop's Old School Rules Again At Fresh Fest Nick Cannon, Redman In Da House

Whodini, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Nice & Smooth, others take the stage but Big Daddy Kane doesn't.

returned with a lineup of hip-hop legends ready to resuscitate the tour, armed with a catalog of timeless music from the '80s and early '90s.

...Whodini, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Dana Dane, Biz Markie, Nice & Smooth, Chubb Rock and former members of the Sugar Hill Gang all took the stage for the kick off of what promoters say will be a 20-city tour.

...Kane was one of the show's main headliners, but he left a little before his showtime because of a dispute with the show's promoter over payment. A spokesperson for the promoter, Blackberry Entertainment, said the company did not have the full cash payment that had been agreed upon with Kane on hand, and the rapper refused to accept a check. Kane could not be reached for comment at press time...

Despite a lackluster turnout (the house was approximately one-third full), show-openers Nice & Smooth brought the energy like they were playing in a sold-out stadium... The prize for surprise guest of the night went to the Bronx duo: They didn't have Guru on hand when they performed "Dwyck," their collab with Gang Starr, but they did have Joeski Love come out to perform his 1986 hit, "Pee Wee's Dance."

After Chubb Rock delivered a brief set, Dana Dane entered the stage for hits like "Nightmare" and "Delancey Street." He too had a couple of tricks up his sleeve, bringing out Kwame for "The Rhythm" and D-Nice for "Call Me D-Nice..."

Posted by jsmooth995 at August 15, 2005 11:25 PM

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