Eric B. and Rakim brought out Cynthia Nixon at Irving Plaza (pics, video)
After reuniting for their first time in over two decades for a one-off at The Apollo last year, legendary rap duo Eric B & Rakim began a more proper reunion tour in Boston over the weekend, and played their first of two hometown shows at NYC’s Irving Plaza last night (4/9). The duo came on about an hour after their advertised set time and apparently played a shorter set for that reason, including such classics as “I Ain’t No Joke,” “Microphone Fiend,” and “Don’t Sweat the Technique.” They also brought out Cynthia Nixon, aka Miranda from Sex and the City who’s running for governor of New York. “I know that Eric B. is president, but I’m here ’cause I want to be governor of New York state,” she told the crowd to much applause. “I was born here, I grew up here with my mom in a one-bedroom, five-flight walk up.” She spoke about wanting to legalize marijuana, fix the subway system, getting corporate money out of politics, ending cash bail and mass incarceration. See a video of her appearance below.
Technician the DJ and DJ Kid Nu were on the 1s and 2s in between sets, and Yo-Yo opened the show. She brought out Rah Digga during her set (who performed a couple of her own songs) and dedicated her final song, “You Can’t Play with My Yo-Yo” to Ice Cube. Jay-Z’s mother Gloria Carter was also spotted in the crowd. Pictures of the show are in the gallery above.
The tour hits Irving Plaza again tonight (4/10), and Eric B & Rakim play Long Island’s Paramount on Thursday (1/12).
photos by Edwina Hay