Review: Game at the Ogden Theatre, 11/3/11
Last night at the Ogden, Game had so many fans draped in red on stage with him, it began to look more like the red sea, rather than a band of hip-hop hooligans representing for their favorite MC. A few things are still clear about Game: he still represents for Dr. Dre, still name drops artists he's inspired by, like Loose Change, and he still hates 50 Cent. On the last show of his two-night Colorado stand, Game brought down the house.
Stepping onto the stage representing his Black Wall Street family to the fullest, Game looked fit and in plenty of good shape to rock the crowd. Delving into songs from The R.E.D. Album, he brought an energy to the room that was palpable. His latest single, "Red Nation," featuring Lil Wayne, got the party rocking nicely.
Four studio albums in, Game had plenty of material to keep the show going. He did a number of verses a capella, firing up the audience with his rugged, husky flow on tracks like "My Life," "Dreams" and "Put You on the Game," before coming completely unhinged about his arch nemesis 50 Cent. With the chants of, "G-UNOT!" set against ear shattering gunshot effects from the DJ, it almost felt like 2003 again.
Game's stage presence largely consisted of meandering around the stage, interacting with the audience and clearing a path amongst the throng of people on stage with him. His confidence was obvious as he rapped Fifty's verse to, "Hate it Or Love it," incorporating his own jokes about his former G-Unit boss, and waving around a bottle of Grey Goose.
Photos: Game at the Ogden
As is typical with many hip-hop shows, the women in the audience who all appeared to be die-hard fans of Game (or mostly wanted to flaunt their goods for the rapper), were invited onto the stage to "act like bitches" and provide entertainment for Juice, Menace, and the legion of Black Wall Street affiliates who were there.
With cheap nylon panties flying everywhere, the guys acted like horny thirteen year olds, smacking asses, grabbing on the ladies, and all around acting like maniacs, before Game launched into "Wouldn't Get Far." It was a bit uncomfortable watching girls happily prance around to a song that's an obvious back-handed slap, but everyone seemed to be having a good time.
"How We Do" got the audience all the way turned up with the lyrics mostly being screamed from the crowd. One thing Game prides himself on is the dedication from his fans. Those who are familiar with the rapper's antics and knew to wear red were brought on stage next for an incredibly rousing rendition of "It's Ok, (One Blood)."
Gang affiliated or not, the gang banger salutation of "suwoop" could be heard ricocheting throughout the venue and there were so many 'hoods on stage wearing red, Game got lost for a moment in the sea of red. Regardless of the premise, seeing so many fans of an artist on stage united under one "red flag" was an impressive sight.
Game ended the night with everyone still on deck, gang signs up, for a super live rendition of "I'm the King" before giving a warm thanks to the crowd, expressing his love for Denver, and giving a strong admonition of "no shooting, no fighting, let's keep it peace."
Photos: Game at the Ogden
BLKHRTS opened the evening up, ushering in the Black Wall Street family of Menace and Juice with an energetic set that didn't entirely translate to the crowd. People were still filing into the venue when BLKHRTS took the stage. Nevertheless, the crowd seemed warm and ready for mayhem after the trio exited the stage.
Menace and Juice were muscle clad rappers who mostly flaunted a young lady around in white jeans and spat lyrics about "fucking bitches" and "getting head." Luckily, the medley from these two was only about ten to fifteen minutes, before Game began his set.
See also, Game interview: "I feel like 90 percent of rappers are pussy anyway."
Personal Bias: It's hard to take Game seriously as a rapper sometimes because of his antics, but when he's in the zone, the L.A. native can really spit. Random Detail: It was hard to tell if the Grey Goose bottle Game and crew swigged from was filled with water, but you have to think that downing an entire fifth of Vodka might make it hard to get through an entire show. Speculation is always fun, though. By the Way: I couldn't decide who to be most mad at during the "ladies" portion of the show. The girls who pulled up their dresses and allowed for the nonsense, or the super aggressive guys whose penises directed the fray. Either way, someone needs to do better.
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