When the Titan of the Empire floated through Riverside last night everyone waded in the presence of Hip Hop. For the first time (in a long time maybe), their hunger for lyricism AND performance was met, and if you weren’t there to experience it for yourself: just know that we FEASTED.
I didn’t count exactly how many fellow rappers, hype men, friends, and fans were crowding Stevie Crooks as he delivered his decrees, but it looked like three hundred Spartans from where I was standing. With an army at his back, Crookie performed new songs from his record, “Cloud Captain”, “Ares”, “Titan”, and more. Plus he closed out with “Punishment”, the classic and obvious anthem choice for any young deity who’s recently crushed through obstacles and devoured their enemies.
“If I wanted, I could smack ya hairline out the Universe. But I’ll let you rock, ‘cause we wanna smoke this doobie first.” -Crooks.
The command Stevie Crooks has over the songs on this album already is just further testament to his respect for the craft, and his dedication to creating fine, time-tested art. There are no mishaps on stage, and there certainly aren’t any on the mic.
Add to the bravado that he took time out all night to shout out producers, his shorty, his supporters, the audience, the hosts, and anyone else he could show love to when he found appropriate pockets of time. The ability to share and command the spotlight at will is proof that Crookie’s gargantuan lyrics spring from a rooted foundation; he’s complete with the qualities of a real-life superhero, he’s the Titan of the Empire.
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Love & Water,