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Dermo
04-24-2005, 02:17 PM
Hip-hop hooligan Ja Rule comes to town

M. Taufiqurrahman, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

If only Jakarta had a public obscenity law, hip-hop hooligan Ja Rule would have been busted for sure during his Thursday night concert in the Manhattan nightclub at Borobudur Hotel, Central Jakarta.

The foul-mouthed rapper peppered his one-hour performance with every swearword under the sun -- a regular feature of hip-hop subculture -- to the delight of the adoring fans who thronged the medium-sized venue.

"Jakarta what the f**k is happening tonight?" the rapper greeted the ecstatic concertgoers after two gig-openers.

That's not all, midway through the gig, the Queens native, Jeffrey Atkins, took off his oversized white shirt, baring his sweaty torso, and kept it off until the show's end, successfully upping the gig's raucous mood.

And if toting a bottle of liquor -- and knocking back the lot by the show's conclusion -- was a crowd-pleaser, then Ja was more than happy to oblige. After all, a hip-hop performance, Ja's in particular, is more about attitude than music.

And as if all the braggadocios were not enough, Ja had at least three bodyguards -- two of them were well-built -- who stood idly by on stage cautiously watching and at times gesturing in defense of the rapper.

Ja apparently forgot that he was thousands miles away from the East Coast-West Coast rap war, and no one in the crowd was likely to harm him, let alone shoot him. But if that was what it took to make a good show, then, why not.

Staged against a minimalist set, a platform on which rows of turntables were placed, the show had little to offer but a booming bass and Ja's semi-shouted and smooth rhymes to party with. And the concertgoers were content with just that.

The highlight of the show was when Ja rhymed a tribute to the deceased West Coast rap legend, Tupac Shakur, in which he also name-checked Notorious B.I.G. and Wu Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard.

Another memorable moment was when Ja performed Always On Time, a syrupy song he originally performed with singer Ashanti. The song was taken from his Blood In My Eye album.

The album, which spawned a couple of hits, also marked the gravel-throated rapper's decline.

Deposed from his hip-hop reign by the thuggish 50 cent, he was reportedly booed offstage at the Source Award. Rolling Stone magazine even shunned reviewing his new album J.A.R.U.LE.

That was probably the reason why Ja agreed to stage a concert here, by invitation of promoter Java Musikindo.

Eimz_T
04-24-2005, 02:27 PM
lmfao

Rolfsma
04-24-2005, 02:40 PM
Hahaha, that's some funny shit there yeah

jinder
04-24-2005, 03:30 PM
"Another memorable moment was when Ja performed Always On Time, a syrupy song he originally performed with singer Ashanti. The song was taken from his Blood In My Eye album."


lol

GUNS
04-24-2005, 03:42 PM
hahahahahaha funny stuff

Dermo
04-24-2005, 03:44 PM
Originally posted by jinder
"Another memorable moment was when Ja performed Always On Time, a syrupy song he originally performed with singer Ashanti. The song was taken from his Blood In My Eye album."


lol

thats what really got me.

Jashani
04-24-2005, 07:19 PM
lol this person really doesnt have a clue as to wat their talkin about do they lol its kinda funny
and wats wrong wit him taking off his shirt, like thats a bad thing shit that would of been the best part of the show 4 me lol

itsmurda
04-24-2005, 07:25 PM
LMAO

n wtf is that reporters problem neway?

relentless
04-25-2005, 02:53 AM
he called 50 'thuggish' :itsok:

Eimz_T
04-25-2005, 11:51 AM
i think he's just from a closed society and hasn't got out much

estreetbully
04-25-2005, 03:24 PM
wow :dunno:

murderer
04-26-2005, 06:52 PM
^^^^^ DAMN!..prob a unit groupie who doesnt kno WTF is happenin.

Baby Phat
04-28-2005, 11:30 AM
Originally posted by Dermo
Deposed from his hip-hop reign by the thuggish 50 cent, he was reportedly booed offstage at the Source Award. Rolling Stone magazine even shunned reviewing his new album J.A.R.U.LE.


ROFL

I wasn't aware Rolling Stone magazine had any interest what-so-ever in hiphop. But then again, I've never read Rolling Stone.

Eimz_T
04-28-2005, 12:10 PM
that and i never heard of an album j.a.r.u.l.e - anyone in here got it? :P