On July 6th 2019, I had the honor of witnessing hip-hop legends AZ, Ghostface, Raekwon, Redman, and Method Man. The Party on the Plaza was held inside the Norfolk Scope. From the moment, I arrived at the event electricity was in air. To see all kinds of hip-hop fans from all ages, races, and creed was overwhelming. The amount of women rocking their customized Ice Cream shirt would make Divine want to bring the Wu-Wear collection back.
The show was hosted by Anguz Black of 103 jamz. He did his best to keep the crowd hype before the show started. The highlight of the pre-show were the opening acts performing in the VA Cypher, Angus Black freestyling, and Rick Geez showcasing his latest protegee'.
AZ opened the show strong with his hits from The Format, 9 Lives, Pieces of a Man, Aziatic, Doe or Die, The Firm (album), and of course his classic verse from Illmatic Life is a Bitch. AZ has the energy that most 20 year olds would be jealous of and the crowd was right with him rapping along the words. It made me wonder why AZ was an opener and not a headliner in his own right. Wu- Syndicate was up next from the time the were on the stage the energy changed just a little but, nevertheless the crowd was still rocking with them. I personally wished they were performing live but there may have been a technical issue behind the scenes. Everyone's favorite hustle Jim Jones was up next and he did not disappoint, He came through with his Diplomat hits, Solo hits, and joints off his new album. The draw back of his performance was that he had a few people on stage with him that distracted from the performance and if I could re-do the order of the show he would have opened. My personal top 5 duo in hip-hop Rae and Ghost went next and the definitely moved the crowds with joints from the Purple Tape, Wu-Tang's massive catalogue, and Iron Man. The did not disappoint for many they were the highlight of the show. The realest moment for me was when they were rapping, "Triumph" and had to stop because "that was a lot of words". I only wished they performed, "Can It Be So Simple" , but I was very happy when they performed "C.R.E.A.M". Last, but no way least was Meth and Red. From the moment they touched the stage energy was felt everywhere. The started with new material and worked there way back to the beginning with "Time 4 Sumaksion". Nostalgic can not even begin to describe all the emotions that rushed through me when "Bring the Pain", How High" , Pick it Up" and "Da Rockwidler" among other songs that were performed. Method Man even took time to sign a painted picture of himself and give it to a lucky fan.
Overall the Party on the Palace was great experience and I am looking forward to the next one becoming even bigger.