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The Definition – “Can’t Take Mine”…. And this is why I love hip-hop.
May 31, 2012


I've been to some independent hip-hop events over the years and experienced quite a few performances.   After your first few,  you start to realize how tough it is for an artist to be heard let alone move a crowd of people who are there to see the headlining act, which a lot of times,  is also independent.

As a fan of the music, it's easy to get burnt out.  Between the rappers devoid of emotion who pace the stage with a blank stare and so-called "artists" who open for label acts but seem to lack any sort of passion, it is very easy to get burnt out and never visit an indie show again.

But if you're a true fan of this music, especially the underground, you also know that the reason you keep going to shows all over your state is to catch those magical "moments".    I experienced that at the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, Michigan last Friday when The Definition took the stage before Action Bronson.  The Definition is a four-piece band + 1 MC Mola1 out of Detroit.   We just had  Mola1 sit in on the Show the previous night and the live listeners loved his freestyles.  He told me "you gotta see us live man, nobody rocks it like we do", so  needless to say, I was curious to see the show with the entire band.

The crowd filled the space out and Paradime just left the stage.  While the band's keyboardist, electric cellist, bass guitarist, drummer and their MC Mola1 sound checked, people started to fill in up at the stage's edge.  I stood in the back checking out the scene and leaned back to my wife who was there with me and said "This right here, is what it's all about" as I explained the silhouettes of hands in the air, dim lighting, the smell of alcohol and sweat with a hint of pot, a packed house, an energy in the room most artists would kill for and a sound man that knew the acoustics of the space so well it felt like you were wearing a pair of $1200.00 Sennheiser headphones.

Then The Definition gets to rocking and had the whole room moving, even Eminem's manager Paul Rosenberg's head was bobbin'.  No really.

It was one of those moments where it was tough to keep my eyes on the LCD screen of my camera and not sit back and enjoy the show as a fan of hip-hop.  It's not to often you experience the rawness of a show like this, with artists who believe in their music so much it blares through the mic out the speakers and into your soul, making you a brand new fan of the music all over again.

It was a great show, I was glad I went and had the opportunity to film it.  The Definition is definitely on to something.


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