Review: Lil Kim And Eve Live In London
This past weekend, female rap titan's Eve and Lil Kim landed in London with a bang – taking centre stage at London’s O2 arena, the rap goddesses sent fans into a frenzy when they were announced to headline the live music event Musicalize…
As a lifelong hip hop fan, it’s impossible to overlook the contribution these women have had on the industry and how many others they have paved the way for. The buzz leading up to the event was undeniable as fans were eager to see the return of two artists who challenged a male dominated industry in the early noughties.
Warming up the stage at the event were the cream of current UK Urban music – GFrSH (and his Lego costume), UK femcee Paigey Cakey and South London duo Krept & Konan who all gave the buzzing crowd energetic performances of their hits prior to the headline acts gracing the stage.
After a short interval, and some crowd friendly banter from the events host, SBTV presenter Aaron Roach-Bridgeman, the crowd were treated to their first headline act, rapper Eve. The ‘Satisfaction’ rapstress entered the stage accompanied by the classic ‘Ruff Ryderz Anthem’, sending the crowd into an eruption of hysteria.
Belting out some of her biggest hits including ‘Who’s That Girl?’, ‘Gangsta Lovin’ and ‘Blow Your Mind’ accompanied by dancers hand-picked from the crowd – the 35-year-old artist had the audience singing along to every track.
However, the highlight of the night came courtesy of the self-proclaimed Queen of Hip Hop, Lil Kim – whose entrance made the crowd explode with roars when she took to the stage in a headline-grabbing red ensemble, accompanied by an eight foot train. Looking every inch hip-hop royalty, the 39-year-old rap veteran opened the show with her 2005 hit ‘Whoa’.
What Kim lacks in stature she certainly makes up for in stage presence, completely mesmerising her audience with performances of tunes such as ‘How Many Licks’, ‘Lady Marmalade’ as well as harking back to her days as the first lady of Bad Boy Records with vigorous performances of 90’s tracks such as the Biggie Smalls assisted ‘N.O.T.O.R.I.O.U.S’.
During her explosive set the pint-sized rapper treated fans to some twerking whilst performing ‘Magic Stick’ before bringing out her protégé Tiffany Foxx to perform their collab ‘Jay Z’ before getting the crowd to sing a collective ‘Happy Birthday’ to Foxx.
Words: Jason (@Jason_MVM)