After traveling over 2000 miles with six guys in an SUV, pretty much everything uttered has become an inside joke. We were all pretty delirious as we rolled into South Lake Tahoe for our first of two shows with Tha Alkaholiks. We knew it would be crazy as we approached the venue at around 10 pm only to find a huge puddle of puke sitting right outside the door. The crowd did not let us down, as we performed one long set with Animal Farm, Mic Crenshaw and DJ Wicked. The crowd's energy was crazy and I'm sure that none of it had anything to do with alcohol.
Following the show, we went back to our hotel, located in a casino. We were followed by about 20 groupies. Too bad they were mostly male groupies. I don't think this is what people sign up for when they decide to start rapping.
Next we traveled to Mammoth Lakes. During our trip, we listened to a number of CDs we received from other artists on the road, many of which could be seen flying out the window of our Expedition into cow pastures. Not that I advocate littering, but this music was polluting our ears, so it had to go. We actually played with one group which was described in the newspaper as a mix between old school, dirty south, Miami bass, hyphy, east coast and punk rock. Somehow, it was even worse than it sounds.
After a return to San Francisco for a TV interview, we hustled back to Portland. The last leg of the trip lasted just under 24 hours, and we arrived at 6 am. For all you aspiring MCs and DJs who can't wait to get on the road, welcome to reality. There are no luxury buses or riders demanding M&Ms separated by color. There is only the will to succeed, which pushes you to play through your exhaustion night after night.
I can't wait for the next one!!!
Photo: Animal Farm, Mic Crenshaw, and DJ Wicked at Whiskey Creek in Mammoth Lakes, CA. (courtesy of the group)