I wasn’t able to make it to the Mos Def & MF Doom show last weekend, so I had my boy Marvin write a review. This is just a heads up warning to anybody else that is planning on attending one of their shows.
“I have had bad experiences with concerts at the Congress Theater before. I once paid 30 bucks to see the Wu-Tang Clan â€“ back when I was in high school & when $30 represented a lot more than it does to me today. When I counted only 7 actual members (there had to be like 30 folks on stage), and I noticed that Method Man was rapping Olâ€™ Dirty Bastardâ€™s parts, I was, um, disappointed to say the least. So when I saw that Mos Def and MF Doom were coming to the Congress, I was apprehensive. After the concert got rescheduled, I was even more apprehensive. But a bunch of my friends were going, and I didnâ€™t want to be the odd man out. So I paid $30 once again, hoping that the Congress would redeem itself.
I would have been more entertained if I stayed home and watched the NBAâ€™s sorry dunk contest.
First of all, doors opened at 7pm. I know better than to show up right when the doors open because normally acts donâ€™t hit the stage until 2 to 3 hrs afterwards. But, due to having to wait on a late friend, I didnâ€™t arrive until after 11pm, fully expecting to walk in on the performance. Nope. I arrived to see an empty stage with a lone DJ playing old songs. My friends had been there for hours and had only seen 2 opening acts. An hour after I arrived, the crowd started to get a little antsy; I canâ€™t say I blame them. People started booing and throwinâ€™ things on stage. Finally, after the stage got saturated in empty drink cups and water bottles, Mos Def appears. This calmed folks down for a while, though occasionally a water bottle would fly up on stage. You can tell the crowd really wanted to get into Mos; we didnâ€™t pay $30 to see a shady MF Doom. Sadly, Mos DEFinitely disappointed. He performed about 25 minutes worth of his new album (Ecstatic) mixed with a few cuts from Black on Both Sides. Then â€œMF Doomâ€ emerged to join the stage with him. At this point I am thinking to myself â€œgreat â€“ now we can have a real hip-hop show,â€ thinking that they would take this time to perform together. Nope. Mos left the stage, and what was left were 2 hype men, one of whom we were supposed to believe was MF Doom. It was a lip-synching imposter.
Now, you would think the crowd would have gone crazy tearing the place apart at this point. But instead, just a general disappointment settled in. I think many people were, like me, a little sad also. We expected more from Mos; we paid $30 hoping to see a performance that would rival those of his former counterpart, Talib Kweli, who is known for giving riveting performances. What we got was a very unprofessional, un-motivated performance from an aging artist who may be more interested in acting than rapping right now (Note to Mos Def: Do not give shout outs to Brooklyn while in other cities. Especially in Chicago. Youâ€™re lucky you didnâ€™t get hit with a bottle to the face for that). We knew there was a chance that â€œDOOMâ€ wouldnâ€™t show as he’s notorious for that. But we had hoped that Mos Def would make up for any disappointment DOOM might bring. Nopeâ€¦”