Low End Theory delivers a surprise Erykah Badu performance in L.A. [Review] #HHCLA
Los Angeles, CA – On Feb. 12, the weekly Low End Theory event at Airliner (2419 North Broadway) in L.A. went down as scheduled. Except that the Low End Theory team brought in a surprise that no one had expected: a special guest performance from Erykah Badu.
Low End Theory has perfected the art of surprise; and they don’t do it for the effect. They do it out of necessity. Because if they disclosed their guest performers prior to the event, they’d have 1,000 people lining up at their door every week to get inside. Seriously, the police have threatened to shut it down. And the event had a riot last time Odd Future showed up. So now the only thing that isn’t a surprise every week is that the Legendary Stones Throw MC, Percee P, will always be on his non-stop-grind, selling CDs out in front of Airliner.
On Feb. 12, the evening’s performance roster had none other than the 808 king – Egyptian Lover – along with Stones Throw newcomer, Pyramid Vritra, as heavy hitters on the bill. Just before 12:30 a.m., the crowd was going nuts. You would have thought that the Low End residents (Daddy Kev, Nobody, The Gaslamp Killer, D-Styles and Nocando) had brought out fireworks and birthday cakes for each person in attendance, or something. That’s how excited people were. The energy in the Airliner levitated to a whole new stratosphere, though: The timeless gift from God, Erykha Badu, showed up for a surprise performance.
She turned even the hardest men in attendance into drooling babies. And she had grown women nearly crying with joy. She brought along the bassist Thundercat and had Flying Lotus looking on in the wings with his signature ear-to-ear smile. Erykah told the crowd she had asked Lotus that day what to play during her set. Apparently, he simply replied, “I can’t help you with that. You have to do you.”
Miss Badu threw down a mixture of ’70s funk and soul, along with vocal snippets from some of her best hits. The icing on the cake was that while Erykah Badu laying down the funk, Thundercat was vibing out on his bass next to her the entire time. If you feel you’ve lost spontaneity in your life and are in need of the element of surprise please report to Low End Theory. Daddy Kev and crew will make sure you leave fully shocked to your core.
Review and photography by Maxwell Benson for HipHopCanada