Lloyd Banks hit the stage of the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in Manhattan last night (May 26th, 2010), igniting an overheated crowd who came out to see Banks and whatever other G-Unit affiliates might have appeared. Though there was no 50 Cent (who is probably still working to bulk up from his recent, drastic slimming down for a movie role), Tony Yayo did provide additional fuel to the performance. Banks’ smash hit “Beamer, Benz or Bentley” closed the show, and while there was no surprise appearances by any of the 3243920 other artists who jumped on that track, officially or otherwise, it was nonetheless a rousing end to the night.
DJ Envy held down most of the hosting duties, along with other Power 105.1 FM personalities, as the event was part of the stations Power Live concert series. DJ Ty Boogie held down the 1s and 2s and DJ Clue made a couple of appearances, once to promote one of the opening acts, Young Dose. Dose is a part of Desert Storm South, Clue’s organization, and performed a few songs including “Where Dey Do Dat At”, to a moderate response.
The initial opener did not fare so well. Range, a male R&B singer said to be signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, performed a reworking of B.O.B.’s “Beautiful Girls”. The tough New York City crowd must have, for a moment, thought they were at the Apollo Theater instead of B.B. King’s, and many rained boos down on the crooner. Range fought through it, but overall it must have been a disappointing show for the new jack.
Since Banks was the only artist listed on the bill, the room was filled with fans, emphatically showering their approval of the inspired performances by Banks and Yayo. The weather was hot, the city air was muggy but the crowd, hyped and energetic, left happy.
(All photos: Mike40)