Rick Ross @ Dreamers, Puerto Banus
An amazing experience from start to finish so let me start at the beginning.
To start, first of all I want to big up the door staff and security, it's amazing that when I go to a pub like ‘Wetherspoons’ in the UK or Bar masquerading as a club like the ‘Lemon bar’ in Marbella Port that I get treated badly and asked to take off my hat, (To get into a bar full of people in beach wear, really!!!), and then I go to a top-of-the-line venue in a world renouned exclusive area like Puerto Banus Spain, and get treated with respect. I guess like my dad always used to say, it always pays him to buy quality.
Next was the expert way that the night was conducted. I mean really, this night should have been videotaped and resold to young budding promoters in a class called how to run a club night.
I arrived a few hours into the morning knowing the big acts habit of performing late. After playing some background music which was still good enough to get a few people moving they went into primary mode which was sending the girls and silver caps to the dance floor to get people up and dancing. This consisted of mostly gyrating but as they were dressed in lingerie they were soon surrounded my men, young and old dancing with them and taking pictures. This was a trick we used to use back in the 90s and I was amazed to see that 30 years later it still works just as well.
Second stage as the club started to fill, the DJay hyped up the music and the 1st professional troop of dancers entered the stage (At this point the girls in silver caps had retreated to the upstairs balconies where they could still be see gyrating in their lingerie and heels), while a troop of male dancers dressed somewhere between army camouflage and construction worker (looking a bit village people for me), along with a group of girls dressed in 1980s dance outfits (like something out of a Step up movie or the backup dancers from the Mary J Bliges Real Love video), and although still gyrating a la silver cap girls, putting down a more rehearsed routine.
Stage three was DJ Alan Jackson who introduced an amazing female rapper at the start of his set who pretty much stole the show
Looking like someone had crossed Bahamadia, the Lady of Rage’ err and I'm a black version of Thelma from Scooby Doo she stepped up with confidence and when she opened her mouth and she rapped and she sang, OMG!!!!!!!!
Her 1st track reminded me of Lina from ‘Player no more fame’ as she's she sang in a 1950s ragtime type flow with the voice of Macy Gray and even better rapped in voice of Macy Gray. I was stunned and the crowd loved her. Frankly she absolutely killed the set leaving everybody asking...Who was that female M.C? (Note to her manager, next time announce who the hell she is and put out some flyers with info, she really could be the next Rhapsody or Tink, absolutely amazing.
Following the yet unnamed female MC Alak Jackson had to place hyped exactly where we wanted it with everybody dancing to Hip-Hop Classics. As a Hip Hop DJay myself I think he missed out a few but he had a good mix of classic party rap and modern mumble rap and the whole place was jumping.
Then came the 1st and only mistake of the night, Just when we were hyped up and Ready for the main event, Rick Ross's DJ took over deflated the place. I totally understand why they did it, but playing a selection of Maybach music artists on what was already a hyped up crowd didn’t work and basically people would be much more willing to scream back when he asked ‘are you ready for Rick Ross !!!!’, if they were still partying to hip hop classics rather than music from one stable
But when he put on ‘ I’m a Boss’ by Meek Mill I guess we all knew it was on and as Rick Ross walked into the stage to do his verse we went fucking nuts.
And there is nothing to be said about Rick Ross. He is a boss in the game and without doubt one of the top five rappers in the game at the moment. He has produced nine studio albums/ projects all of them solid and I am sure almost off of the gold or platinum.
He's worked with absolutely everybody from Jay Z to Drake, DJay Khalid, Future, Meek Mill and everybody else including Dr Dre and what’s more unlike some top artists who save their energy for the stadium shows giving a lack lustre performance at the smaller venues he gave us his all.
Put simply he absolutely smashed it, making this one of the best shows I've been to in memory. I even sent a clip of it to my friends in the UK who go to a lot of concerts and they all said that it looked hype and were amazed to find out that we got that quality of intimate performance from a world renowned musical artist in Puerto Banus Marbella as opposed to London.
As a Hip hop til I die head, you can imagine me jumping around as he rattled through all of the hits and there are so many hits
‘I’m a boss’, ‘everyday I’m hustling’, and everything in between right up to his new hit 'Green Gucci suit'. Honesty I had such a great time. Plus the other most amazing thing about the night was the incredible mix of people. There were approaching 50 old school Hip Hop lovers like myself, youngsters into mumble rap, Backpack rappers and Grey Goose Sparkler bottle private table buyers. And most importantly everyone was cool and got along with each other just having fun to the music.
And at the end of an amazing set, The Boss bid us farewell heralding the return of the dancers, this time another male dance troop with serious skills.
They say it aint over until the fat lady sings, well in this case it was it aint over with until the fat man does his dance. Looking a lot like fat man scoop in his white T, this dude could pop and lock with skill and along with the acrobatic stylings of his compadres put on a great show to end the night. I mean I have a big belly myself (Grande Gordo Papa, the hint is in the name), and like many people, would love people to use my belly to allow others to do a back flips which exactly what he did, quite amazing and the crowd loved it.
As Rick Ross exited the inevitable fight broke out but was immediately handled by security absolutely expertly so with regards to the security not only did I feel respected but also at no point in the night did I feel unsafe.
As you can probably tell, I really enjoyed the whole night. Other then Rick Ross’s awesome performance, the other highlight of the night for me had to be when the fight broke out, watching Rick Ross's DJ tuck his chain before jumping in proving that Ride or die aint just some shit rappers say on record.
As the night drew to a close I have more fun dancing with and talking to people of all age’s nations and nationalities, jumping around doing the Dougie and all the other Hip-Hop dances with our phones in the air on Selfie mode. This was unexpected and I kept having to remind myself that this was Puerto Banus the home of the beautiful people, and my god there were some beautiful people men and women in this crowd. But no snobbishness just is really very good humoured (you know it’s all good when drunken men hug you and sober women smile at you).
So how do I pay Dreamers back for absolutely one of the most amazing nights? Well doing this el Intercambio review is a start so that you guys can get my opinion of the venue and get yourself down there to have an amazing night like the one I just had.