(Recorded winter of 2001)
We recorded this show to capture the Boston scene at a high point in it's development. Me and my team were riding high on some of our first national touring experiences, and we came back home ready to share our energy with our city.
The crowd definitely gets as much of a workout as we did on stage as high level noise is consistently demanded throughout the show. One of the true charms of this event is that it delicately straddles the line of being a large show (with 500+ people in attendance), while maintaining the feel of a private rehearsal. This is all indicative of the level of comfort I felt in the community as people offered me the type of love and support I will forever be thankful for.
As for the music contained in this work, there are treats throughout. You'll hear a demo rendition of "Live From the Plantation" before Edan created the album version. You'll also hear "The Fringes" (produced by Insight) which grew to become the song "Success" on the "I Phantom" LP, as well as the first ever performance of the song "Earthcrusher" in Boston.
There's a monster freestyle session featuring, Akbar, Akrobatik, and myself, but perhaps the gem of the whole album is "Dreadfro" ( a song about the unruly thicket of locks on my head that became involved in an epic struggle with an underlying afro).
This album has been out of print for years, and I'm proud to be able to present it here on my bandcamp page. "Live at the Middle East" is a must have for any fan of my music. If you weren't there that night, these songs will bring the experience right to you. If you were there, press play and reminisce on one of the most enjoyable and memorable nights in Boston hip hop history.
released 21 February 2002
Live recording by Ray Fernandes. Fakts One on the wheels (and sometimes the mic), Akrobatik, Akbar, Insight, and myself on the mic. Special thanks to Tim Linberg and Oneal Rowe / Metro Concepts for putting the show together and for being my management team during this exciting and explosive era of my career.
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