This past Sunday Djemba Djemba and Mr. Carmack played to a sold out crowd in the basement of The Middle East in Boston while a beautiful belly dancing event took place upstairs. Upon entering the basement, I was greeted by the musical stylings of Djemba Djemba, a mixture of groovy beats and trap, as well as a diverse crowd comprised of both trap lovers and “heady” people alike. There was even a vendor, which is uncharacteristic of this venue, selling wire wraps, pins, and other fun items one might find at a festival. Overall, Djemba Djemba played a great set that everyone in the crowd clearly enjoyed.
After Djemba Djemba was finished his set, Mr. Carmack took the stage to the tune of “Coco” by O.T. Genasis, which was transitioned into “Super Freak” by Rick James for a great start to a really fun set. While the set was made up of a majority original music, the Hawaii-based producer also DJ’d songs into the set such as Pharell’s “Happy” mixed into “Let’s Get it On” by Marvin Gaye. The mixture of old and new music was a real treat to listen to and made the set extra memorable!
One of my favorite Carmack songs, Brazilian Blowjob:
There were, unfortunately, some things that were not so pleasant as well. My biggest complaint about the show has to be that Mr. Carmack didn’t seem to care about who was on stage with him or what they were doing. Towards the end of the night the stage was filled with random men who had no business being up there and kept taking the microphone to MC and have their 15 minutes of fame. It made listening to the music unpleasant and even irritating at times, especially after hearing a man “rap” (very poorly) into the mic about how he’s essentially gonna stay on the mic just because it’s in his hand.
Mr. Carmack, if you’re reading this, I think it’s time to get better security on the stage for the sake of your audience. I know I wasn’t the only one who had their show ruined by the random bad MCs! All in all, however, I would like to congratulate you on your first tour and selling out all three east coast dates! Keep up the good work.