Whadd Up UK Tour
Princess Rebel, Ghandi, Spice, Alozade, Lexxus and Merciless
Untouchable Promotions presented the Whadd Up UK Tour. Live on stage from Jamaica was Princess Rebel, Ghandi, Spice, Alozade, Lexxus and Merciless all backed by the Thugs Band on Friday 20th July 2001 at the Stratford Rex, East London, UK.
DaintyCrew.com arrived at the Rex after 2am and upon entry to the main hall we caught the tail end of Ghandi's set. Ghandi was dressed in jeans with a patterned shirt and red bandana. He bounded energetically across the stage and he received a good crowd response when he performed his rendition of R Kelly's 'Fiesta'.
The compere for the night was President Sass and he introduced Spice who had been awarded the title of best young artist. Spice walked confidently onto the stage dressed in powder blue jeans, a butterfly top and sunglasses. She commanded the crowd and launched into a fast paced chat and touched on sexually explicit lyrics to the crowds' amusement. She was only on the stage for a short while but it was obvious that she had the right ingredients to hold the crowds' attention for much longer.
As Spice left the stage President Sass made his introductions once again and from the side of the stage, "Nuh watch gal" could be heard. Alozade came into view dressed in black shirt and jeans. He was singing all his popular songs but the crowd didn't look too enamoured by him. Who knows why, maybe it was due to him sounding a little rushed which we are not sure was brought on because time was running out or because he couldn't ride the rhythm too well.
He tried to bring a little flavour to his performance by requesting that a lady join him on stage. The ladies were reluctant to take him up on his offer so he called for Spice to return to the stage. Spice was nowhere to be seen and a woman from the crowd began to hoist herself up on the stage and boastfully got up close and personal. It appeared that Alozade was feeling the heat as he unbuttoned the bottom buttons of his shirt. The lady cocked up her leg and gyrated her body against his then quickly turned back way as Alozade did a pump action from behind. He carried on with his set leaving the woman stood there until she took it upon herself to go backstage.
Alozade's set came to an end and the Jigga Man entered the stage. Lexxus was dressed in a khaki coloured denim suit with matching vest and started off his set with many of his hits. He then went onto explain how women act when they are asked to do something that they have no intention of doing and then he went on to sing a new tune entitled 'Anyway Whatever'. He even went as far as to mimic the mannerisms of the participants of American chat shows and when he was doing this he looked very effeminate.
Every minute Lexxus was grabbing up his front. In fact we thought he must have lost something down there. He then paid tributes to the greats and sang Dennis Brown's "should I have faith in you, should I put my trust in you" tune very badly. He went onto sing Cher's 'Do You Believe In Love' and at this point jeering and expletives could be heard from the crowd from various directions.
Lexxus disgruntled response was that he was the DJ and basically the crowd had to go with his flow. The crowd weren't having any of it and Lexxus quite rightly moved onto his own tunes including 'War Start' that received a forward, 'Yuh Nah', 'Cook', 'No Problem' and more before he demonstrated his version of the Zip It Up dance. He then went onto cuss Bounty Killer and Cobra and to the crowd's amazement he even went to stoop as low as cussing the warlord's mother before singing his counteraction to Bounty's 'Restaurant Under Gal' closely followed by 'Snake Under Grass' as he referred to Cobra. At this point a few disgusted patrons exited the dance while a small section of the crowd jumped up.
Lexxus exited the stage and on walked Leonard Bartley aka Merciless aka Warhead dressed in desert storm camouflage outfit with matching hat and war paint on his face. He began his set with 'Lend Out Mi Mercy' and then he advised "Me talk already and me nah talk again...." He then DJed 'Gizadda', 'Mr Whodini' and 'Mavis'. From that point onwards his set seemed to go downhill as his preoccupation with Bounty Killer and Sting 2000 marred his performance. He was so caught up in his performance either he didn't notice or didn't care that he was slowly beginning to empty the venue with his performance.
Well presented concert in terms of all artists performing that were billed. Unfortunately the artists did not live up to expectations with the exception of Spice. Let's hope she gets to perform in the UK again because from what we could see she's definitely one to watch.
Big respect to Ricky Lee for facilitating this review as always.