For a night, the hipsters of Houston had to sit in line with those possible hood cats just to check Big Sean at the House of Blues. Only problem was, the restaurant didn’t clear out on time so a late start time meant no artist except for maybe Sean was able to get in a decent sound check. Remember this note for later.

My arrival to the venue was prolonged by notorious downtown parking and somehow finagling my way inside of the building for free, even when I had a ticket. Stepping back outside after being lead to the wrong box office showed that quite the crowd had amassed for the G.O.O.D artist and the rest of the acts on the bill. What started rather pedestrian around 8:15 or so with a line just at the door had turned into a massive stand-still wrapping around the block.

Kydd opened the show with an energetic set. The live band aspect the House of Blues does give artists more oomph in their performances. I swore my feet were shaking and heart was pumping extra hard. Unlike the Dom Kennedy show I attended in Austin, the crowd is already giant for an opening act. Maybe it’s because of Sean’s affiliation with Kanye. Or maybe it’s because of the bill itself which featured about four other up & comers, one of which has an album dropping Tuesday and another who has a mixtape releasing Monday.

In between sets, DJ Mr. Rogers does what he does best, keeping the crowd on its toes and amped for the next act. Before The Niceguys came on stage, he threw on The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize” and the place went crazy. Then he pulls Audio Two out of his ass and plugs in 50 Cent’s last big hit “I Get Money” which gets the crowd further excited.

The Niceguys come out to a big ovation from the crowd which should be a given. The band has pretty much moved into the venue for this month, opening for Talib Kweli on September 4th, headlining the Frontline 3 show last Thursday and this set tonight.

Not to mention, Lee Lonn Walker is in a robe and not much else. Trey Songz might have some competition in concert seduction. (||) Jack Freeman’s here as well, complete with Leon Michael Phelps T-shirt.

If you’ve seen a Niceguys performance it’s packed on two things, lots of energy and lots of crowd participation. There are Nice Look t-shirts in the crowd, mini chants breaking out and even a little technical greatness by the band as they mask Biggie’s hip-hop remix to “One More Chance” with “Supreme Team”. In the midst of their last song, the infectious head nodder “Mr. Perfect”, the mics stop working and the band’s set it cut short, leaving fans murmuring and people upset.

Mr. Rogers tries to get the crowd back into it by breaking out Drake records and Los Cosby gets a shoutout. He had a long night, the kid deserved it. Microphone feedback shows that sound check was VERY necessary. In my section, I noticed a chick who was the female hip-hop equivalent to Flavor Flav. Not in looks but in mannerism. Overly hype for every single song that was played.

Texas break one gave us “First 48” and the first glaring notion that hipsters may know the gangsta music but they surely can’t listen to all of it. Grown men in vests when its 80 degrees outside in Houston bugs me, considerably bugs me.

The band who probably had the most to lose happened to be Freesol, who opened by essentially copping out with Kanye’s “Flashing Lights” before getting into their own set, something like an early version of N.E.R.D. before Pharrell broke out his falsetto. They get points for breaking out “1979” by the Smashing Pumpkins (who ironically were in town earlier in the week) and rhyme over it but the crowd proves its hipster mentality by initially not feeling it. We Wore Masks however, was feeling it. Sadly, they get cut off as well which leads to more murmuring and displeasure from the crowd. Some folks start leaving.

During the unplanned intermission, I run into Jack Freeman who straight up tells me if I give his album a bad review, he’s coming to my house. It’s all in good taste though, he’s seriously talented and should be known for more than his contribution to “Not At All”.

Kanye’s “Monster” awakens the crowd and Freesol reappears to finish their set. With people leaving, they can blame HOB for their momentum getting killed when they were trying to build a rapport. Once their set finishes, the crowd gives them a nice round of applause.

Mr. Rogers saves the crowd even more with a medley of No Limit/Texas hits but the crowd once again shows they aren’t ready for primetime by not being able to finish Z-Ro’s “Mo City Don” acapella. 2006 seems so far gone now, no Drake.

Mickey Factz arrives, filled with plenty of bars and plenty of tracks to try and win over a very agitated crowd but winds up getting into a slight argument with Mr. Rogers over what songs actually are in his set. Rogers almost gets egged on to punch Factz for being very “New York” about his actions but relents. Factz’ “I’m Better Than You” drops Monday on XXL.com. I had better say that before this recap gets cut short.

The main attraction, Detroit’s own Sean Anderson finally hops on stage at 12:35 and the hipsters feel vindicated. Finally Famous 3 gets more love from the crowd, especially cuts like “Supa Dupa Lemonade”, “Made” & “Ambitious Girl”. He even covers some stuff from Finally Famous 2, including his work over Jackie Chain’s “Rollin’”. If anything, if you want to make it as a rapper and appeal to Houston’s “scene” then weed raps are a must. “5 On It” had people ready to hit the dougie.

Shock of the night goes to Big Sean paying homage to Houston and its impact in rap. Not only did he bring out Slim Thug for “Still Tippin” (by the way, Mike Jones is from Cleveland), not only did he bring out Bun B for a cut from FF Vol. 3 but the man brought out Lil Flip, who ironically has an album called “Ahead of My Time”. Once the beat for “Game Over” dropped, the crowd showed Flip love like it the T.I. beef and “Sunshine” never happened. But then Flip stays on stage for three more songs with his phone out. Either he’s a blogger now or he’s taping the show for his own purposes.

A UGK chant broke out while Bun was on stage, truly proving the fact that if done properly, he’d win a gubernatorial race in Texas. In a landslide. As the crowd began leaving, you’d think they would have been overly thrilled that Sean put on an amped show. What might be most remembered for his time in Houston was the stops during set due to faulty equipment.

Although, I’m sure Niceguys member Yves Saint wouldn’t worry so much about it, he started his party was before the venue even closed.

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