When The Henny In The System: The Roots & Q-Tip for Hennessy Artistry

Saturday, Septemeber 25, 2010
Hennessy Presents: Hennessy Artistry - The Art of Blending

If you were at the Hennessy Artistry Event and weren’t drinking Hennessy before then…You are NOW! What an awesome way to promote your brand.

Free Event + Talent Artists + Free-flowing Hennessy = Success

Hennessy is hitting up major cities promoting their Art of Blending campaign by providing two of my favorite things: Music and liquor. The purpose of Hennessy Artistry is to promote the art of mixing various genres and blending the talents of the world’s top artists (At least that’s what their Facebook page says). Of course, they also focused on the art of blending Hennessy for your new favorite cocktail.

The Miami leg of the tour featured the headliners The Roots and Q-Tip. DJ D-Nice was on the 1s and 2s to start the party.

If you have never seen The Roots perform live, you MUST. It’s what Hip-Hop is supposed to be – lyrics and instruments. They were giving the crowd life for their entire performance. Q-Tip, a showman at heart, rocked the mic along side Black Thought for the better half of the show.

They came out the gate performing “J.Beez Comin’ Through” by the Jungle Brothers, and effortlessly performed some of Hip-Hop’s most heavy-hitting rhymes: N.W.A.’s “Straight out of Compton”, Eric B. and Rakim’s “Microphone Fiend” and Slick Rick’s “Mona Lisa”.

The crowd, as blended as the Hennessy drinks they were serving up, was moderately amped up, but when the strings to “Bonita Applebum” snuck through, it started getting wild.

Q-Tip quietly snuck off stage while The Roots continued with their original cuts “How I Got Over”, “Thought @ Work” and “Here I Come”. It was non-stop entertainment.

The Roots brought out Daniel Merriweather to perform his song “Change”. I wish he could have done at least two songs, but the unknown bevy of guests to follow was probably the reason why he didn’t.

Kat Deluna came out in her fire read catsuit to perform her hit single “Whine Up”. She brought out three backup dancer dudes to help her whined it up, but the crowd seemed like they had no idea who she was, and was not impressed by her performance. I thought she did well. Her voice was solid and steady through all her gyrating, and she tried her best to engage the crowd. I think her poppy sound was a little to abrubt for some of the stushy hip-hop heads. She did redeem herself with them by slipping back on stage with Q-Tip to lend vocals to Tribe’s “Verses From the Abstract”. She did a great job. She’s a cute girl, but does she remind anyone else of Christina Milian??

While Black Thought rested, Q-Tip blessed the crowd with two of my FAVORITE Tribe songs, “Hey Sucka Ni**a” and “Electric Relaxation”. If you follow me on twitter, you have probably seen me quote both of these a time or two.

The show had been going on for almost 90 minutes when The Roots came back with “You Got Me”, arguably their most commercially successful song to date. Daniel Merriweather predictably came back out to lace Erykah’s part. What WASN’T so predictable however was the illiest pitbull in a skirt herself, EVE to striding out with her verse, totally reviving the crowd that had been standing forever and were slipping into a henny haze.

This is when I felt myself starting to lose my mind. I LOVE Eve. What a treat!! She performed her three major singles “Who’s That Girl”, “What Y’all Want” “Tambourine” and “Blow Your Mind”. Secretly, I was heavily anticipating the return of Drag-On so they could perform “Let’s Talk About”. Easily my favorite song of hers. She looked spectacular and commanded the stage with her long legs and even longer weave. Her makeup was flawless and she looked happy and healthy. LOVE HER.

The band fell back into their original music with “The Seed (2.0)”, but quickly shut it down to do something NO one in that crowd expected…they brought out BOBBY mother-f-in BROWN. He busted on the stage with “Every Little Step”, and every 70’s and 80’s baby in attendance lost their henny blown mind. This was the Art of Blending…The Roots and Bobby Brown. Whodathunk!? The most amazing part…it totally worked!!

Bobby tore Ice Palace completely down. Say what you want about that man, but his voice still sounds fantastic! In true Bobby fashion, he scooted and flicked his tongue at the girls in the front, but nobody cared. It was Bobby Brown. The best part was watching Black Thought and Q-Tip stand back and watch it go down, enjoying the show like rest of us. Amazing.

These are classic nights that I love in Miami. I’m from Detroit so by nature, Hennessy runs in my veins, but now, I’m officially a fan. This was genius! Thank you Hennessy.

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