Rapping in the dark: Joe Budden concert review from 2008

Spotlights are for flashy rappers. Joe Budden prefers to spit in the dark. At least he did during the final 10 minutes of his set at the Middle East downstairs last Thursday. Sans lighting, the underrated, underground Jersey City rapper lit into “All of Me,” a lengthy, introspective track that proved to be the night’s best. Prior to that, he seemed to be in various stages of elsewhereness, arriving on stage 45 minutes late to a worn-out crowd, overshadowed by an overzealous hype man, apparently half-invested in the show. His booming baritone was effective at conveying words but not always emotion…continue reading at the Boston Phoenix.


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