What you talkin’ ’bout? You say you don’t like the reggae beat?
If Nas and Damian Marley were to stand in front of America’s Best Dance Crew judge, Lil’ Mama, she would guarantee tell them, “Ya’ll just kilt it!” after their performance last Saturday night at the Kaka‘ako Beach Park Amphitheater.
Prior to one of greatest concerts I’ve ever experienced, BJ Penn took on Jon Fitch in the main event of UFC 127. The fight didn’t conclude in how all of Hawai‘i wanted it to conclude. No, Penn didn’t lose, but he didn’t win; the fight ended in a majority draw. Win or lose, or tie for that matter, I knew the concert would make everyone all smiles.
I missed all of The Green’s set, and the line to get into the beer garden section was beyond ridiculous. After I got into the garden, I had to stand in another beyond ridiculous line to get the actual beer that came from that very garden. I found Contrast Magazine’s Editor, Daniel Ikaika Ito in line, and like the gentleman that he is, he bought me a beer. Thanks ah, Ito.
As we got our drinks, “As We Enter” hit the sound system. Boom! It was on. They did some tracks from “Distant Relatives” and then went into their individual tracks, also playing some of Damian’s father’s songs like “Exodus” and “Could You Be Loved”. Fueled by herb and good vibes alone, I’m sure, one of the dreadlock rastas was waving the Lion of Judah flag nonstop for the entire concert behind Nas and Damian. In the crowd, you had the people bobbing their dominant hand to the hip hop, the irie people skanking up a storm, the drunk people amping out by jumping up and down, and the irie, drunk people who would interchange their skanking and jumping up and down.
The concert was an absolute success, and an all-around killer time. If you missed the concert, you definitely missed out, and if you have an opportunity to witness the “Distant Relatives” in the future, you better not pass it up. Here is a few snippets from the concert. Excuse the shakiness of it—I was having the time of my life; it’s all about the music, man.
By Aoloa Patao
If you don’t have prior plans, I have two events planned out for you on Feb. 26, 2011. The first event: Watching BJ Penn scrap Jon Fitch. The second event: Being immersed in the super collaboration of Nas and Damian Jr. Gong Marley.
At 5 PM, Hawaii time, UFC 127 will take off featuring Hilo boy, BJ Penn versus Ft. Wayne, Indiana’s, Jon Fitch. This battle will decide who will take on George St. Pierre next in the welterweight division if GSP defends his title against Jake Shields first in UFC 129. If St. Pierre wins that fight, UFC Commissioner, Dana White, wants to have a “superfight” with GSP and Anderson Silva. Despite if he looses to Silva, St. Pierre will then probably face Penn or Fitch for the title.
And then, from wherever you watched the fights, get your ‘okole straight over to Kaka‘ako Beach Park Amphitheater, where The Green will start off things at 7 PM before Nas and Jr. Gong take the stage. Word on the street, the “Distant Relatives” killed it last, last Wednesday, in Kailua-Kona.
Hopefully Bradah BJ will K.O. Fitch, everyone won’t be too trashed to make it to the concert, and we can all be mesmerized by the duo of one of the top dogs in the rap game in Nas and one of the top dogs in the reggae game in Damian Marley.
I don’t know about you, but I am getting pumped for both of these events. I can already feel the chills on my arms as BJ walks out to “Hawaii ‘78/E Ala E” and Nas and Jr. Gong uplifting the crowd with “In His Own Words.” You better be there, or of course, you will be square.