NEW YORK — Obviously, the Game and Young Jeezy know about each other's release dates for their new albums. Game dropped L.A.X. on Tuesday, and the Young One will come seven days later with The Recession. And don't think for one second that the two MCs weren't also fully aware that on Tuesday night, they were going head to head with separate concerts in New York City. (Read the report from Game's Irving Plaza show here.)
Jeezy started on the earlier side of the evening at Manhattan's Blender Theater. Possibly hip-hop's most certified street MC, Young came onstage with his all-black attack (that was the color worn by him and his crew) to the sounds of "I'm So Hood." After myriad thug thunderclaps from his past, such as "Bottom of the Map," the Snowman unveiled his guest list.
He brought out Fabolous for "Breathe." "I heard if you in New York and you don't bring n---as out, you ain't sh--," the Atlanta Trap Star told the crowd.
He also let the audience know how elated he was to have a sold-out show. He beckoned for spectators to get their cameras ready for a special moment. Then Lil' Kim appeared for an all-too-rare performance.
The Queen Bee, decked out in an outlandish sort of leotard, caught eyes as always. The record she chose for her cameo was the anthemic ode to Brooklyn "Lighters Up."
The BK momentum stayed prevalent as Maino was introduced and performed his hit, "Hi Hater."