For the past several years, on the eve of the Kentucky Derby I am usually in comfort with my old Kentucky home.
year, however, on the day where Star Wars fans get a kick out of saying, “May
the Forth be with you” — that of May 4 — I worked all day as usual and
put a treat at the end as a consolation prize.
I got to start my day speaking with at-risk youth during the Youth Empowerment Summit sponsored
by Young Leaders Society of Ventura County. Continuing with my work of
the day through the afternoon; once complete I packed up with my Roll
Dogs to make the quick trip to LA to see Houston hip hop artist, Devin
the Dude perform at the historic Roxy Theater. For those of you who
don’t know much about Devin the Dude, when you look into his glazed over
eyes, you see a man who understands his niche.
as mostly an underground success in Houston, his brilliant flows tell
stories relatable to every-man and his struggles. He has fun while doing
it, which seems few and far between these days in the hip hop industry.
That softened do-as-I-do bravado of his public persona seems raw and
authentic backstage as well. Most of Devin the Dude’s dedicated fan base attending a show situated
more than 1,500 miles from his Houston home, mouthed nearly every word
to every song along with him. Aside from a new one he dropped, I believe
it was called “420 Highway.” Beat was live!
entertainers glances into the crowd and following smiles of approval —
multiple times — was just a hint into the sheer enjoyment of the
entertainers on stage, as the crowd equally enjoyed the show. In the
house — Coughee Crothaz, Spice 1, Jugg Mugg and a host of other artists representing H-Town and the West Coast. Quality entertainment for the sake
of being entertained.
as the show neared it’s end, amongst the haze of Cali’s fruits that now
filled The Roxy the connection between entertainers and crowd rounded
second base. Increasingly with the exchange of dap from the stage we all
became part of the family. The Roxy became the impromptu host of Devin
the Dude’s family reunion. Part of that may have been that one of my
Roll Dogs, T, is from Houston. And evidently, if you’re from H-Town and
you’re not in the city, you’re “kin folk.” (With a set of secret handshakes to check authenticity).
from concert to experience..., enjoy a few photos:
A Devin the Dude classic: