It just had to snow the day rapper Mos Def arrived in Seattle. (But check out that sweet ass photo we got from it!) The rapper was scheduled for an 8 p.m. show but an opening act and two hours later, he was nowhere in sight. Of course, that got rumors started. The man in front of us claimed Mos Def couldn't get into Seattle because of the weather. Someone behind us said he saw Mos Def come in 25 minutes ago and that he was probably smoking up before he came out. A woman turned away from her date to angrily tell us, "I don't even know who this Mos guy is. This wouldn't happen if we went to see The Eagles." Then she left to go shopping at Macy's.
...On that note, I'm gonna add that the crowd demographic really proved this guy's hypothesis on Mos Def. Seriously. White people LOVE Mos Def. So do people who aren't white. But man, white people really go apeshit over him.
Anyway, 10:10 p.m. rolled along and the rapper/sometimes actor finally hit the stage. The resentment I harbored faded away. Not that I had that much to begin with. Mos Def doesn't tour that often and it's a treat to see him perform live. Besides, I was soaked in tequila shots and practically everybody in the Moore was smoking weed. It smelled like my dorm room did freshman year.
Mos Def's set list included a couple tracks from his upcoming album Ecstatic. But what really got people riled up were his past hits, including "Umi Says" and "Black On Both Sides." For me the highlight was "The Boogie Man Song." I'm not sure the venue was ideal. Given his rise to fame in the underground scene during the '90s, I think that a smaller club setting would've worked better for Mos Def. I see him playing the Showbox more than I do the Moore. Regardless, the man can put on a show. He's got the witty lyrics and sharp rhyming skills to hold it down anywhere. He is after all, the most beautiful boogie man.