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DMX, The Lox, Swizz Beats, Drag On & Sean Cross Rock Westchester County Center For ‘Double R’ CEO Dee BDay

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK - #914hIPhOP

Stop, drop, shut ’em down open up shop
Oh, no
That’s how Ruff Ryders roll

DSCN9287White Plains — Billed as a birthday bash concert for Ruff Ryder CEO Darren Dean better known as Dee and referred to as The General by everyone in the Double R camp, The Ruff Ryders (DMX, The Lox, Drag-On Swizz Beats & Sean Cross) brought hip-hop back to the Westchester County Center, Saturday night.

We right here
We’re not goin anywhere

The 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena in White Plains was about full to capacity with the exception of the center upper section of seats that are furthest from the stage. Yonkers was in the house, which is to be expected since that’s the homebase of the Ruff Ryders operation. The people came to see DMX return for a long-awaited homecoming concert at the Westchester County Center.

Power 105.1 FM was posted out front greeting concert goers as they arrived. The voice of Westchester, DJ Tri-State Jericko set things off and entertained the crown between acts on the one’s and two’s. Several lesser known acts graced the stage displaying their skills each like a ball player in the summer league vying for a position on the main roaster. The newest member of Ruff Ryders fam, Sean Cross started off the Double R line up.

Then back from a ten-year hiatus was Bronx born and bred rapper/actor Drag-On who made a rare appearance, came out to perform and celebrate The General. The ‘Down Bottom’ rapper jumped off the stage to perform in the crowd up close & personal. It may have been ten years since he took the stage but you can tell the crowd appreciated the love and they gave it right back as he ‘Spit These Bars.’

When the crowd heard, ‘It’s Showtime!,’ they knew it meant Swizz Beats was about to take the stage next. He performed a few of his hit tracks like, ‘Money In The Bank,’ as hey DJ played a few of the many hit singles he performed from other artists. Swizz brought The General to the stage, who was greeted by a cake and everyone wishing Dee a Happy Birthday.

Greeted by a shout out from Tri-State Jericko when they entered the VIP Area in from of the stage, the Black Westchester Magazine/ People Before Politics Radio crew were in attendance including Cynthia Turnquest-Jones, Rashad Bilal, Dr. Robert Baskerville aka Brooklyn Bob and Priscilla Echi who was holding it down for the Double R Camp.

The Lox took the stage next and showed why they get love in the streets for the past few decades and it aint fade one bit. While DMX was the main attraction everyone came to see, in the mutli-headlined show, in my opinion Sp, Jada and Sheek gave the best overall performance of the night hands down. They ran thru the classics and had the crown give love for the loss of Tupac Shakur and B.I.G.

Come on, uh, uh
What’cha really want
What’cha really want, what
D-M-X, uh, uh
Come on, Ryde or die
Ay yo, ay yo, ay yo
What’s my name? DMX and I be the best
You see the rest they lookin like they need a rest

With that said you can’t have an official Ruff Ryder show without The Dog. DMX batted last and hit a grand slam running thru his extensive catalog. X switched back and forth from the emcee and Earl the Apostle a few times during the show. Much lie the Apostle Paul one of the most well known apostles in the early days of Christianity, DMX took the Gospel to the Gentiles, which in 2016 is the hip-hop listening youth of America. Yo he may not look, nor sound like ya average black preacher but he planted seeds in the crowd like a follower of Christ is suppose to. Even ending his performance as he has many times before with a powerful prayer.

Being the biggest on the County Center stage for the night did not stop X from giving a few lucky ladies the shirts off his back, literally. First he blessed one female fan with the sweat rag he used on his bald-head, they he took off the red t-shirt he started out the show with and give it to another female fan and lastly he took off the white wife beater and blessed yet another female fan. Each of the three females appeared to be greatly appreciative. End the show shirtless as he often does was appreciated by his female fans as well by the rousing response.

When he performed ‘What They Really Want’ almost every female in the house sang the track word for word and we he ran down the names the dj droped the music and you could hear the females fans running down the names louder than DMX. The mixed crowd made up on mostly Westchester residents appeared to really enjoy the show.

The Empire Strikes Back concert showed one thing for sure, why The Ruff Ryders is still one of the tightest cliques and most talented hip-hop crews out there even three decades later…

 

 

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AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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