August 11, 2020

Urban Elements

posted on: Thursday November 8, 2001

by Dave Mayo
A&E Staff

Concert info:
Hot Night 7
October 28, 2001
Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence

On Sunday, October 28, Hot 106 FM put on their seventh Hot Night. With a roster of one-hit, possibly two-hit wonders, and P. Diddy headlining, my expectations were not that high. Yet, when I left the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, I was left somewhat satisfied by the sounds I had just heard and hit up the club. The show opened with DJ Buck introducing the evening’s hosts-Bel Biv Devoe. The place got excited for about a second as they started to sing a verse from “Poison,” but as quickly as it started, the excitement died out. Throughout the show all they could do was hype up their forthcoming album, due out in December. They played the first single “Hot Shit,” which was the farthest thing from the truth. The first act was Code 5, which DJ Buck called Code Red. Either way, they were still terrible. City High came out next and didn’t exactly get the crowd out of their seats. We were then unfortunately subjected to the whole “my side is the loudest!” by the three artists. Either the crowd was too mature for this of they just didn’t really care about it. To rescue themselves quickly, City High had to go straight to their summer hit “What Would You Do,” followed up by their new hit single “Caramel.” The only thing that saved this performance was the singing ability of the group’s lone female, Ortiz Claudette. Between sets, DJ Stress from Hot 106 kept the crowd bumping with hits from the likes of 112, Noreaga, Usher, and Mary J. Blige. One of the night’s best moments was seeing a little kid in the crowd who took his shirt off and spun it ” ’round” his head “like a helicopter” to the wild sound of Petey Pablo’s “Raise Up.” The next artist to be announced was Craig David, so I felt this was the best time to get some food. His appearance there just didn’t seem to fit the mood of the concert. With an acoustic guitarist performing with him, he sung “Fill Me In” and “7 Days” to an unexcited crowd. The vocals were too fast and too low in the mix, making them tough to hear. A highlight of the evening came when Mayor Buddy Cianci came out to introduce Blu Cantrell. Blu, who grew up in Providence, and is a product of the Providence public schools system, was presented with a Citizen Citation and a Key to the City. I was hoping Buddy would break into freestyle for the crowd, but instead we were left with another dead performance. Blu first sang her slow second single “So Blu” which once again didn’t excite the crowd. To save face, she went to her hit single “Hit ‘Em Up Style.” The ladies were definitely feeling it, but the men in the audience seemed to be player-hating, as she wasn’t met with great applause. The evening finally took a turn for the good as Ginuwine hit the stage. His dancers and hype men were all over the stage giving the crowd exactly what they wanted. He opened up with “Same Ol’ G” and then went onto “So Anxious.” Ginuwine then decided to look for his number one fan, as the females in the audience went ballistic, and he was showered with gifts from the audience. To finish off he sang his latest hit “Dif-ferences” which brought everyone, even the fellas, to their feet to sing along. The highlight of the evening had to be the unforgettable performance by P. Diddy and the Bad Boy Family. With an explosive entrance, P. Diddy opened up with his verse from the hyped track “Victory.” He quickly switched to his verse from Usher’s new release “You Don’t Know” and flipped it old school right back with “Hold Me Down.” Soon it was time to bring out the family-the first introduced Black Rob who got the crowd moving with his big single “Whoa.” Puff decided to switch it old school once again as he and his hype men busted into “Been Around the World” and “It’s All About the Benjamins.” As the lights went out, Diddy talked to the crowd about his late friend, the Notorious BIG and the pain that everyone felt from the Sept. 11 tragedy. Behind the scenes, a choir snuck onto the stage and brought parts of the audience to tears with “I’ll Be Missing You.” The crowd quickly raised their lighters into the air in memory of anyone they have lost. P. then surprised just about everyone as his DJ dug into the crate for “Born In the USA” and then threatened all terrorists with “We Will Rock You” while P. waved an American flag across the stage. To finish off his performance, he gave us the mega hit “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems.” As most of the audience went for their coats, we were told that Fabolous was due up next. Why they put him on after P. Diddy’s performance, I have not a clue. Trying to do better than Puff, Fabolous was left without a chance. After the poorly performed “Can’t Deny It” he got the crowd back into it with his verse from Lil Mo’s “Superwoman.” To finish out the show he went to “Holla Back,” a lesser-known track, but with a dope hook of “Oos” that sent the crowd home happy.GRADE: B-

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