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Beats Per Millennium - Concert Review: The Game

Concert Review: The Game

Doors opened at 6:30 p.m., the tickets read. Two tickets in my hand – one for me, one for my boyfriend. It was my way of saying Happy Valentine’s Day to him; only the actual gift wasn’t until March 29th. And so we left my apartment at 5:30, thinking that we would be first in line to see The Game since we had a full hour to wait. Boy was I wrong…

The line was already extended far beyond the House of Blues. People of all different races, gender and sizes were wrapped around the building freezing their asses off in the misty weather. The line ended up crossing the Chicago River by the time it started moving. Even though I felt bad for the ones who had to go to the end of the line, I chuckled under my breath each time they walked by saying, “Damn! This line is hella long!” I mean I know The Game is really popular, but I never expected this many people to show up.

Parched from waiting in line for a little over an hour, I went to the bar to get a glass of water. Gosh, House of Blues is top notch with their security – a huge security guard (three times the size of me) grabbed my arm and told me if I didn’t have a drinking wristband on, I had to go to the corner of the bar by the wall. It was almost rude! But whatever.

The entire place was swarmed with people. So much that I couldn’t even move to throw away the flavorless gum in my mouth. And I guess it was a good thing, because just as I started to inch my way to a trashcan, the lights grew dim and every mouth in the crowd began to yell.

I wish I could say that was when The Game appeared, but it wasn’t. You know how the deejays make you believe that the main act is coming out by turning out the lights and getting the audience pumped? Well, the deejay did that about four times that night and I hated it. Nobody is there to see the openers! Although it is a great way for them to get known and for the audience to learn of a new group/artist, it sucks.

After about an hour of opening acts that included…well…I didn’t even care enough to remember their names, The Game finally graced us with his presence. Every person in the crowd either had their gang signs thrown up in the air or their red bandanas flying around up there. Intense doesn’t even begin to describe everyone’s reaction to this rapper.

The Game, looking especially umm, sexy in his white Jordan outfit, explained how he had to go to Niketown earlier in the day to purchase a new outfit for the concert due to clumsiness on a bus around town. I got a kick out of it, actually, because I know how it is when you’re getting on and off those buses and sometimes overlook a puddle on the ground. Ahh!

Anyway, The Game performed a handful of songs that we all know and love. “We Fly High,” “One Blood,” “Cali Sunshine,” etc., and ended with the glorious “My Life.” And the entire time he was performing, he had every single one of the opening acts on stage with him as well as the guys that travel around with him.

During about half of the concert, The Game invited the ladies up on stage and had them dance in the background to his music. It was humorous because there were two very intoxicated ladies who were trying to get past his security men to dance with him and kiss him. The Game even brought forward a woman who was probably in her 40’s and had her shake her ass on him as he sang “I Like Big Butts.” He had to cut the song because he said she didn’t know how to get down.

So the concert was amazing, scary, fun, overpowering, and everything in between that you can think of. Next time he comes around, you can bet your butt I’ll be there again.

Mika Tatich

Posted by Mike Denslow at Apr 01, 2009 03:56 PM


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