It was everything you could have wanted – shout-outs to some of the hip-hop greats (2Pac, Ja Rule), a dive bar venue (the Ritz) and two of the best RnB / hip-hop DJs I have heard in a long time. The crowd was bouncing before Ashanti even set foot on the stage and I could see knowing grins from the people around me as songs from the golden era of rap & RnB took us back.
Its easy to forget just how much of an RnB princess Ashanti is. What a reminder this gig was! Her performance was flawless and songs from her back catalogue had the whole crowd on their feet, fully feeling the throwback party vibe. The stand out memory of the night was hearing the beginning strains of ‘Only You’ echoing through the venue. Grinning like a Cheshire Cat at my friend, I heard the whole room let out a collective exhale – the type which only accompanies the recognition of an amazing tune.
Suddenly a room full of 30 something year olds was transformed into a group of teenagers, drunk on memories and dancing like we were in an MTV base music video. Thoughts of drunken nights out, clubs with mirrored ceilings, house parties and hooped earrings flooded back, making me yearn for my RnB roots again.