My Greatest Enemy is My Inner Me

This blog will tell the story of an up-and-coming young black man in his 20's

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Back From The Roots, Then Back To MY ROOTS

What up Blogworld?

It was another uneventful weekend, but last night I did go to a concert at the Congress Theatre to see Pharcyde, Talib Kweli and The Roots. Now I remembered why I'm not a concert person. Chicago (and much of the midwest) is going thru a crazy heat wave with the mercury reaching triple digits the past few days. And being in a concert hall with little or no air conditioning made it no better. Add that to the fact that me and Lil One stood up for the entire four hour show led to some hurt feet, necks, and burnt nostril hairs (because people even in 2006 still don't believe in the Soap-to-body concept). For this to have been a neo-soul/true hip hop set, there were a lot of non-black people there.

The Pharcyde came on a did a few songs. Didn't really feel them or understand them.

Then after the hype man got the crowd ready, The Roots came out. They did Ok, however my feet were hurting bad (flat-footed) and I ready to go find a seat somewhere. I look at the time and it was only 10:12. Damn, 2 more hours of this, I aint gone make it! (In my best Fred Sanford voice)..

Then Talib Kweli came out. He stole the show. He was smart. He went straight to his hits to get the crowd involved. But my favorite part of the show was when he broke out into a freestyle about Chicago. He then gave a quick shout out to Lupe Fiasco, and the Kick, Push beat came on. Kweli gets the crowd to chant "Kick, Push, Kick, Push", and then guess who jumps on stage - None other than the aformentioned Lupe. The crowd went nuts, including me. I've mentioned this a few times now, but name of my blog (My Greatest Enemy is My Inner Me) is based on a line from Mr. Fiasco. He's got a major following and I hope his album finally comes out. Its been leaked to the internet a few times, causing him to push back his release date. But back to the concert......He did a verse from Kick Push and then gave the mic back to Kweli.

Kweli was easily the star of the show, as the crowd kept their hands up and danced to all of his songs. Again, he was smart because he performed all of his hits to keep the crowd involved. It was funny how I noticed this, but during Kweli and Lupe's time on the stage, my feet and neck weren't hurting at all. I'm good now. LOL. But eventually The Roots made their way back to the stage, and the pains set in again. Not saying that The Roots are wack, but I guess I'm not the biggest fan. I only went because Lil One asked. We were hoping that the show would be over, but Black Thought said "let's keep it going!", and they went on for another 20 minutes, with their piano man (I forget his name) playing a lot of today's hits from other artists. Finally, the show was over at about 12:15. I could barely walk to my car. My ears are still ringing from the blaring music. My voice is a lil hoarse, although I don't mind that (Makes it a lil deeper, LOL!!!)

There were few females in the audience, but after being in a hot auditorium and standing for hours, I wasn't in any "macking mood". I just wanted to find my car and head home to get out of my sweat drenched clothes. But the fact still remains that The Mack-o-Meter is at a standstill.

This week is my family reunion on my father's side. We alternate between different locations every 2 years, and this year it is back in Chicago. I'm in charge of getting a softball game together. If not softball, then Piggy. Anybody remember the game Piggy? Is that just a Chicago thing, because there isn't much talk about it on the internet unless it goes by a different name. Basically, a pitcher throws to a batter, and the batter keeps hitting the softball until someone in the field (or catcher if the batter strikes out) catches the ball on the fly, meaning no bounces or bobbling of the ball. If the fielder cleanly catches the ball, then he gets to bat until some one else catches the ball, and so on........

My family from out of town is going to look for me to find some hot spots for the weekend.

Yeah, that would be ME, Mr. Holed-Up-In-The-Crib. But I'll find something for them. Maybe. Hopefully.

Thanks for Reading,

Robert Mack


Blogger Dynasty said...

I would have loved that concert. Talib is the man! I can't believe that Pharcyde didn't hold it down. She keeps on Passing Me by...was the shit is highschool. Lupe Fiasco is on the rise. I can't wait until his CD drops. Or has it?

Tue Aug 01, 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger NegroPino™ said...

Never heard of Piggy so it must be a Chicago thing sounds tiring though. I knwo Mary J Blige is here i hope the weather works out well..we are in the midst of a heatwave folks I secretly think Lupe is sexy..hell any man that wears glasses is sexy to me

Tue Aug 01, 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger Nika Laqui said...

Umm that concert sounded like torture....

Did I miss something? Who is Lil One?

Tue Aug 01, 12:32:00 PM  
Blogger 1InTheSame said...

You shouldnt have any problem finding things for the fam to do this weekend... especially if you have some relatives coming from the South. My folks came up a few weeks ago.. I took them to the Metra (yes the train) and they loved it. So good luck with the festivities this weekend... and try to stay is as hot as HELL in Deerfield. 1

Tue Aug 01, 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger Tenacious said...

Good Ole' Piggy...caused many of fights at my family reunion. I think it's a Chicago thing :-)

My boyfriend, the forever illegal downloader, has the Lupe c.d. and some cat named Rhyme Fest (I think he's for The Manor) and while I don't like a lot of rap, I am really feeling both of these artists. Lupe grew on me, I didnt like Kick, Push at first but now I listen to both cds everyday.

It's hot..take them to the lake, but not around Rainbow Beach, take them further up north near Navy Pier. Try to get a lake breeze or For the out of towners, we always took them on a tour of downtown, maybe a musuem or two and for the kids Lincoln Park zoo or something...

Tue Aug 01, 01:21:00 PM  
Blogger Msnhim said...

Theres no way i could stand for four hours at a concert I dont care who's performing... Hope you come up with something COOL ( and I mean that Literally) to do with you family.

Tue Aug 01, 03:04:00 PM  
Blogger Robert L. Mack said...

I think they played that song...I couldn't understand most of what they were saying, maybe thats why I couldnt get into was hot as hell in there, but the place was packed. Lupe CD is coming out Sept 19

Papi's Princess
I need glasses. (LOL)...I got a pic of me in some glasses trying to look studious when I went in front of the judge a few months back...but I look funny because I had no facial hair...i could send it to you..(LOL!!!!)

It was....but overall I had a good time....Lil One is my boy, he's the one who took the pic of us.

1 in the same
Naw these are my 30 and 20 something cousins. They looking to hit up some clubs, feel on some ass and drink. LOL..... I got a few ideas though. I'm good...I think the day activities are already planned.

I played piggy last year for the first time in years and it was FUN!!!!!!! But why do bats cost so much??? They range from like 40 up to over 200, I mean a bat is a bat right? Oh well...I had to go to the fav site ebay and cop one for like 25.....My brother put me up on Lupe way back in like late 2003/early 04, it so funny hearing people, especially the ladies talk about him, I'm like "I knew about him almost 3 years ago!!!!"

Tell me about it!!! But it was cool, I had fun...I'll figure out something to do with the fam, but read back to what I said to "1" about what they're looking to do. LOL

Tue Aug 01, 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger Knockout Zed said...

The Pharcyde is like, what, 2 cats now? The original Pharcyde was the TRUTH.

Incidentally, I'm supposed to go to this same concert when they hit Detroit on Thursday, the day before I fly to NYC. I am a Roots fan, so hopefully I'll enjoy it more than you did.


Tue Aug 01, 03:33:00 PM  
Blogger Royce's Daughter said...

The Roots are one of my favorite bands...come on Mr. Mack. i've seen them twice this year and when they were at Radio City Music Hall, the same thing happened except it was Jay-Z who jumped out and surprised the crowd. It was CRAZY!!! That might of been the best concert i've been to in the last 5 years.

Piggy??? Never heard of it...we never had pigs on my block in Jersey...

Tue Aug 01, 04:05:00 PM  
Blogger Robert L. Mack said...

Yeah it was just 2 dudes.........The Roots were cool, they saved the best songs for last (You got Me) but I just wasn't "hyped" know? I was for Talib and of course Lupe. Tell us about your version of the concert.

Sup sweetie.....Jigga jumped out huh? That was cool...what song he do? I was thinking about buying that unplugged album just to hear them together....I dont know why its called Piggy, cuz their aint no pigs in chicago either except the cops and those things in a blanket at denny's and ihop...damn im hungry now...

Tue Aug 01, 04:21:00 PM  
Blogger Phoenix said...

Yo I thought The Roots were suppose to be "it". I'm not there biggest fan, but I do like the fact that they are a band and play real instruments. Not alot of that going on.

Tue Aug 01, 05:36:00 PM  
Blogger Big Daddy Kane said...

good luck on that family reunion, young, bro. i probably wouldn't have enjoyed that concert, either, although i am with the roots. they alright, you know?

Tue Aug 01, 07:14:00 PM  
Blogger The Mistress said...

I love family reunions! There's always at least one drunk ass relative you can laugh at. Usually an uncle.

Have fun!!!

Wed Aug 02, 12:15:00 AM  
Blogger Robert L. Mack said...

Exactly! my favorite part of the You got Me song is the end when Questlove breaks out on the drums. I can listen to that over and over.

Big Daddy Kane
I went just because my boy asked. Im not a concert person at all...But Ill go to a Jigga or Lupe concert, if I score some tight tix.

The Mistress
Yeah I'm looking forward to the picnic on Saturday to see who's gonna act a fool...and I can't wait to play Piggy

Wed Aug 02, 10:41:00 AM  
Blogger Serial_Dater said...

Mack Man,

I find it hard to believe the Illadelph's finest (a.k.a. the greatest Rap Band doin it) couldn't rock the Chi.

Say it ain't so bro.

SD (Back Up Inna Hizzy)

Wed Aug 02, 01:48:00 PM  
Blogger Royce's Daughter said...

"My name is HOV, H to the O V" I love when the beat drops at the beginning of that cut. It was so serious. Not sure if you have ever been to Radio City but it is a pretty decent size and the crowd started jumpin so hard that the floor was shaking.

Speaking of Jay has anyone seen his new commercial? For Hewlett Packard? I think the concept is so HOTT!! I gotta give it to HP, they dug deep on this one but luckily the risk was worth it...check it out (nevermind how ridiculously hott the suit and tie are)

Wed Aug 02, 01:49:00 PM  
Blogger Robert L. Mack said...

Sup man! Back in fold huh? Lemme go check you out.....The Roots did theyre thing...but Talib made the crowd roar you know? And it wasnt really his set, The Roots were the headliner..

Yeah I love that favorite part was when he was like "this game's over. I wonder if he knows"...supposedly that's a subliminal diss at Cam'ron....but Pharrell has one now and so does Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavs owner.

Wed Aug 02, 02:09:00 PM  
Blogger NegroPino™ said...

Send me the pic Rob....i

Thu Aug 03, 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Robert L. Mack said...


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