Still wondering how The Concert About Nothing was put together in 10 days, especially with all the hoops one goes through to have something as serious as a concert in DC. Nevertheless, the concert was a success and an amazing PR move for Grammy-nominated rapper Wale. Between the Auto Zone parking lot and Smith Commons on H Street NE the concert held fans, sponsors, police and anyone in range that could enjoy the music.
In the beginning the vibe was chill, like any pre-show for a concert in the DMV there were some people paying attention and some not. Regardless EVERYONE was anticipating seeing Wale. A few young ladies from Wale’s latest video, “The White Shoes” sported their Moonzhip and made sure they had the best spot possible in the front. If you aren’t familiar, Wale has affectionately stamped his fans Blue Moonz.
On the VIP/Media side, everyone from Walu, the Director of, “The White Shoes” video to Female MC Pinky Killacorn could be spotted. It was almost like a DMV music scene reunion.
DJ Quicksilva from 93.9 WKYS did what he does best, got to the stage, and completely felt the fans. He hit DJ Money with a quick glance and a few words to change the mood. Next thing you here is Swag Surf. Suddenly everyone’s screaming “Left to Right! Left to Right!” While which left and which right quickly became problematic for Quicksilva and the crowd, they got it together and began to form waves.
It looked as if people were getting a little uneasy in the back due to levels in the crowd. It went like this, VIP/Media, the stage, the VIP risers to the left of the stage, general admission section 1 and general admission section 2; security and a barricade stood between each admission section. Someone must have spoke up, because &Pizza started being passed around the crowd, courtesy of Wale and &Pizza. Safe to say that brought Wale a little more time.
Next thing you could hear was Miles, Owner of Smith Commons telling all Media to get to the front of the stage…The Champ was near! Wale got to the stage with his coveted wrestling belt he’s been carrying around for the past two weeks or so, and stood there for a moment. With his head held high and chest puffed out like a superhero he started the show.
The hits kept coming, there was not one song the crowd wasn’t familiar with, even the new songs from The Album About Nothing. Wale dipped into the fans in front of the stage and showed plenty love. Fat Trel, Dew Baby and the Slutty Boyz came through and smashed the stage with Wale at the end of the concert. A lucky moon even left with the hoody Ralph wore throughout the show.
Thinking it was all over, a Ben’s Chili Bowl representative came on stage and began throwing out half smokes! Was this real? Wale was legit feeding people. Before he could head back to the fully tented Benz truck, he was presented with a few gifts from the coordinators and called it a day.
Has this been done before? 10 days to plan a full-blown concert with sponsors and the okay from the Mayor of DC? Wale said it best, “History we made today…” Respect.