Isn’t it funny when you remember exactly where you were and who you were with when you first heard something? Well with Lil Wyte I remember exactly. It was my buddy Curtis, his Friend Jimmy and Me, hanging in Jimmy’s basement playing playstation. Curtis had the habit of buying new cd’s every Tuesday. We were all big fan’s of 3 6 Mafia and on March 4th, 2003 Curtis’s purchase of the week was Lil Wyte ” Doubt Me Now “. We sat there listening to this as Curtis played Jimmy in some football game. We listened to the whole thing and honestly first time I heard it I didn’t like it much. Then as time passed I got more and more hooked.
By the time Phinally Phamous came out on October 19th, 2004 it was safe to say we were hooked. I remember this time around, I was the one buying the CD on the day of release and, I got a cool promo poster from the record shop as well.
Years passed and Lil Wyte released ” The One and Only ” in 2007 and ” The Bad Influence ” in 2009. A month before releasing “The Bad Influence ” album Lil Wyte paid a visit to a club I never heard of during MLB All-Star week here. Needless to say the turn out was less than stellar. It was mostly due to no promotion and a venue not many were familiar with. It didn’t matter because, he rocked that shit like it was sold out. After the show we all hung out till 4 a.m in the street after the bar closed at 3 a.m. I even got my “Phinally Phamous ” poster from 2004 signed. He was shocked to see that!
Which brings us to Wednesday June 1st, I am at work reading the weekly entertainment paper. First thing I do when I get the Riverfront Times is flip to the ” This just in ” concert section. Much to my amazement and disbelief there was a listing for Lil Wyte for…… THE NEXT DAY June 2nd! Unbelievable I thought to myself. How are you going to announce a show one day before the show? Even worse I was working 11-10 that day and I was sick.
Day of the show I woke up and had a fever and coughed up a bunch of shit with some blood in it. Good start to the day, especially when you are going to be stuck at work all day. Work sucked from about start to finish. By the time I was out of there I was ready to go hit the club. The show said it started at 9 and had a huge trailing list of opening acts. So I went home and showered taking my time. I made it to the Atomic Cowboy about 11:30 and was right on time.
First one to greet me inside the venue was none other than Curtis and his girl Kathy. Only fitting since we started listening to Lil Wyte together. We went outside for some fresh air. After catching our breath, it was time for me to hit the bar for some refreshments. I ordered up 2 PBR’s one for each hand.
A short while later it was time for my homies Kold Kace to perform. I have been seeing these guys come up for years from playing dirty clubs to getting decent opening spots for national groups. They put on a good show and get better every time I see them.
Left us just enough time for some more fresh air before the St. Louis rapper Ruka Puff took the stage. First thing you notice about Ruka Puff is his bright Red mohawk that makes him stand out from the crowd. He puts out a lot of energy as he raps.
It is his birthday this weekend and this show was billed as his birthday party. It was clear he brought a sizable chunk of the audience to rock with him.
It was raining sweat in the front row of Ruka Puff’s set. He does not tread lightly and made it clear that you will never stop him!
It was a enjoyable set which ended around 12:30 and only left one more act for the evening.
After a few guys came out to hype the crowd, the lights when low and about 4 guys and a girl in a short red dress took the stage. The crowd was packed and went nuts. This was a big step up from the last show we saw with hardly anyone in the crowd. Lil Wyte came up and after talking to the crowd about drinking, and drugs wasted no time going right into the classic ” My Smoking Song ” from ” Doubt Me Now “.
The next song is one of my favorite Lil Wyte songs, I love the beat and production. Not to mention Juicy J saying YEEEEEEE HAWWW on the track is priceless. Just the Good Ole Boys….. Hanging out getting high. He went right into ” The Bad Influence ” next off his newest album by the same name.
The crowd was really into the show and he is a underground legend as you can tell by the audience rapping his songs word for word. It didn’t matter if it was new or old material. He was having a lot of fun on stage.
Next up on the setlist was ” I Got That Candy ” which was off his 3rd album “The One and Only ” and then played another great song off the same album “Talking Ain’t Walking ” It was clear at this point he did not come to fuck around.
They then brought it back to the first album to get the crowd rowdy and it worked. This was the second wildest song of the night as far as crowd reaction goes. When this song kicked in all chaos broke out. ”
“WE AINT PLAYING MUTHA FUCKA, WE AINT PLAYING, HELL NAW”
Up next it was time to ” Crash Da Club ” which is again is off the first record ” Doubt Me Now ” If there were chairs they probably would of been thrown, it was going down.
Much like all great live acts he sampled a little from every album. ” I Sho Will ” The lead single from his successful sophomore album ” Phinally Phamous” was next. ” Record Companies like I’ll be damned, This white cat can rap and put on a good show…” are fitting lyrics to this song.
Everything was pretty solid about this show, great set list, sound was great, the crowd was cool despite getting drinks spilled on me. Lil Wyte and his Manager/Hype man Partee rocked the stage for the better part of an hour.
That left one song to close out the night and they kept teasing by dropping the beat for a second and cutting it off. The crowd would go wild each time. Everyone in the crowd had heard this song hundreds of times. When it finally hit everyone rocked the Pill Popper Anthem
“OxyCotten” as a test of true fans they cut the song as soon as the Scarecrow verse came in and the crowd screamed the lyrics back as loud as they could. It was rather impressive. You don’t see things like this often at rap shows. It was a great way to end the night!
As his homies, hypemen, and the lady in red left the stage Lil Wyte stayed behind to thank everyone for the support and coming out. He is truely a humble man and is very thankful to have his fans come out and support him.
I left the Atomic Cowboy feeling great despite working all day with a nasty nasty cold and to think I wasn’t even going to go to this show. Good times were had and I can’t wait for Lil Wyte to come back. Everyone should check out his new group album SNO ” Year Round “.
Till next time… I am sleeping I have more shows to go to.