Christmas in Brooklyn Concert Review

Photo Credit: Deneka Peniston

Photo Credit: Deneka Peniston/THZ Library

Christmas in Brooklyn is one of those concerts you can’t ever forget. It was just great.

The Hot Zone USA had the privilege of attending Hot 97/ WBLS Christmas in Brooklyn’s famed Barclays Center in New York City on December 19th. The headliners of the show were LL Cool J, Run DMC, K.Michelle, Diggy Simmons, and Lecrae.

When I first arrived at my seat at the Barclays Center, I was amazed. I was so close to the stage and had a clear view of the action. Within a few minutes, the concert kicked off.

Photo Credit: Deneka Peniston

Photo Credit: Deneka Peniston/THZ Library

Diggy Simmons was the first person to perform. Unfortunately, he had the honor to get the crowd going and well he tried his best. He performed Nas’s hit “Made You Look.” The crowd didn’t seem as into him and many people was asking me who he was. I told them he was the son of Joseph Simmons of Run DMC. After he performed, it was a rapper called Lecrae. Hailing from Houston, Texas, he did a great job in getting the crowd alive.

Family Of The Late Eric Garner. Photo Credit: Deneka Peniston

Family Of The Late Eric Garner. Photo Credit:
Deneka Peniston/THZ Library

After that, there was a touching gesture by Hot 97 and WBLS. They invited the family of the late Eric Garner onstage. Considering what is happening in today’s society, it was a nice gesture for Hot 97/ WBLS to invite them to this concert.

Photo Credit: Deneka Peniston

Photo Credit: Deneka Peniston/THZ Library

K Michelle was the next person to perform. When she came up to the stage, everyone was off their seats. Wearing a very short dress, most men in the audience weren’t paying attention to her singing. She was singing hits such as “How Many Times” and “I Just Wanna.” I’m not familiar with her music but she sings very well.

Photo Credit: Deneka Peniston

Photo Credit: Deneka Peniston/THZ Library

Now for the best part of the show: LL Cool J. In typical LL Cool J fashion, he comes out in an epic entrance and started his performance. In the longest and second best performance of the night, LL Cool J rocked the house. Rapping a few of his legendary hits including “Doin’ It Well” before bringing out surprise guest Bell Biv Devoe. The former New Edition members rocked the stage with their performance of the classic hit “Poison” which set the crowd off.

LL Cool J. Photo Credit: Deneka Peniston

LL Cool J. Photo Credit: Deneka Peniston/THZ Library

Soon after, LL brought his former rap-nemesis Canibus, where they performed “4,3,2,1” the track that sparked their feud back in the 90s. The legendary rapper also brought out EPMD, Troy Ave and freestyle rapper Murda Mook. Looks like the feud is buried.

Run DMC Forever. Photo Credit:Deneka Peniston

Run DMC Forever. Photo Credit:Deneka Peniston/THZ Library

The final performance of the night was the legendary rap group Run DMC. The iconic rap group took the stage to rock out to a slew of their hits including “My Adidas”, “Walk This Way” and “Run’s House.”  The duo, along with his sons, took a moment for a special tribute to the late Jam Master Jay who was gunned down in 2002.

Overall the show was spectacular. I would never have thought to see LL Cool J and Run DMC perform in my lifetime.

Such a great night in Brooklyn.

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