For those that don’t know about the Legacy Conference, this event that seeks to “invest primarily in urban youth and young adults who desire to grow as disciples of Christ and make disciples for Christ.” The conference consists of main preaching sessions, workshops, musical performances and community outreach.
Each evening at the conference, a group of artists perform in a late night concert geared towards the overall theme of the conference. As the Cabinet Collective, our goal is to help the Body of Christ further embrace the Arts as an extension of our image bearing nature. This summary of tonight’s performances will look at the creative merit from a performance side.
Tonight’s show was sponsored by DJ Wade-O. We were blessed by performances from Skrip (Infiltrate), Beautiful Eulogy (Humble Beast), Propaganda (Humble Beast), Derek Minor (fka PRo) (Reach) and Tedashii (Reach).
Here are some of my observations and items I appreciated from this evening:
My first encounter with Skrip was at last year’s Legacy Conference when I stumbled upon a freestyle in the Moody Bible College courtyard. Immediately, I was impressed by his ability to freestyle and captivate his audience. Tonight was no different. While it was clear that most of the audience has not familiar with Skrip’s music, I really appreciated how Skrip made a huge effort to engage his audience. Immediately, what stood out to me was clearly his quirky personality was reflected on the mic.
Another item that stood out to me was how easily Skrip included different elements into his show. Unlike many CHH artists who are only able to actively communicating using 1-2 hip hop elements, Skrip incorporated beatboxing and freestyling into his routine. I really appreciated how Skrip worked hard to relate to his audience, while at the same time embrace the fact that they probably don’t know his music.
Personally, I would have loved to see Skrip incorporate a deeper explanation of his recorded music, especially after he was able to capture the attention of the audience with his off-the-top attention grabbing. It was also not very clear how his music and faith were intertwined, though I suspect that his recorded music does a far better job at doing this. All in all a good performance. Grade: B-
Immediately after Skrip’s performance and a brief introduction from DJ Wade-O, we were blessed with a fantastic performance from the Humble Beast trio known as Beautiful Eulogy. Beautiful Eulogy consists of Braille, oddthomas and Courtland Urbano, and as Propaganda so eloquently put it, are the “funkiest white boys on the planet.” This was my second time seeing Beautiful Eulogy perform together as a group. The first thing I noticed about Beautiful Eulogy was how energetic and passionate they were from the drop of the first drum beat. After a very high-energy performance from Skrip, Beautiful Eulogy, came out guns blazing, ready to perform and minister to their audience.
The second thing I noticed was how razor sharp Oddthomas was tonight with his rhymes. It never ceases to amaze me how Oddthomas is able to intricately weave rhymes together with such utter depth. It was a blessing tonight to be able to hear this brother share his craft with the audience.
What always strikes me about Beautiful Eulogy is how their main intention, out of the gate, is to never make it known to the audience that “we are Beautiful Eulogy.” From a ministry and artistic perspective, I was very impressed by how the music took center stage, with introductions and business being done much later in the set once everyone is drawn in and taken care of.
As always, Braille is one of the most consistent and fluid MC’s I’ve ever heard on the microphone. Back in the day, another artist that I’ve always described with the word fluid was GZA from the Wu Tang Clan. Tonight, I was reminded of GZA, live in concert, performing Liquid Swords from beginning to end.
One of my favourite things about Beautiful Eulogy is Courtland Urbano. Courtland reminds me of spices and seasoning in a food recipe. While tonight Braille and Oddthomas represented the meat and the vegetables, Courtland represented the seasoning that exists to enhance and serve the the meat and vegetable. While many recipes are ruined by too much seasoning, I noticed tonight how Courtland was able to add flavour, yet never diminish his fellow band members.
All in all, this performance was outstanding. From the energy, to the custom-lighting, to the Gospel being preached boldly and clearly, Beautiful Eulogy stole the show.One thing that I wish is that there was more time. Due to the length of their set, not a lot of time was left for the audience to truly digest and chew on the depth in Beautiful Eulogy’s music. I would also have loved to see Courtland freestyle on the pads, but that’s another vibe for another day. Grade: A
Immediately after Beautiful Eulogy, Propaganda and Eshon Burgundy (welcome to Humble Beast) performed a collaborative tune to transition between sets, the audience at Legacy 2013 were treated to a mixed rendition of “I Will Wait” by Mumford and Sons, “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes and “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragon. Which personality in CHH could conjure such a combination? The one and only Propaganda.
This is the 4th time I’ve seen Propaganda perform, and every time, I am blown away by dynamic stage presence. Tonight, Prop performed songs from various Humble Beast projects including Art Ambidextrous, Excellent and more.
My favourite part of Prop’s set was his performance of “Raise the Banner” off his newest project, as well as his explanation of Humble Beast to an audience that may or may not know what they do. At the Cabinet Collective, we absolutely love what Humble Beast is doing for the church in terms of reconciling creativity, theology, worship and excellence. These elements were well-reflected in Prop’s performance tonight, and I look forward to hearing more of his work and seeing him perform — again and again. Grade: A-
At the Legacy Conference 2013, I was finally able to tell Derek Minor what I thought of his name change “I fully understand and respect your decision to change your name to Derek Minor, but just know this: you will always be remembered as PRo in my heart.”
Tonight, I felt that the sound system at Moody Bible College was put on test when Reach Records came on stage. The first thing I noticed was how heavy pounding PRo’s set was — and how awesome that was.
The first time I saw Derek Minor perform, I was extremely blown away by how active and energetic his set was. Tonight, unfortunately, I was somewhat disappointed by what seemed to be a step down from his previous stage presence. That said, with his new demeanor on stage, I found myself being more available to embracing his lyrics and what he was trying to communicate. However, this may not have been totally on purpose, In any case, DM’s performance was definitely turnt up.
My favourite part of Derek Minor’s performance tonight was his acapella / Minorville promo. IT WAS HOT. Dude went in. Grade: B-
This morning, we started our Legacy 2013 experience with a devotional from Job 1:6-22 lead by Tedashii on the topic of suffering. For anyone familiar with his recent situation, this topic of suffering is one that is near and dear to his family’s heart. This morning’s devotional was heart-felt, encouraging and very practical. His performance tonight was no different.
Starting with a short devotional from 1 Corinthians 15:12-20, Tedashii laid the foundation for tonight’s performance in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Why perform? Why listen to a performance? Why do anything artistic? His answer for this question was rooted in the TRUTH of Jesus Christ being alive. With this as the foundation for his entire performance, Tedashii brought us to a point of worship as the focus of his songs was that of rejoicing and celebration of our faith.
Tedashii performed songs off of Identity Crisis and Black Light. What blew me away tonight was the level of crowd interaction with Tedashii’s set. While his music is very high-energy, Tedashii made it clear that he or may not be jumping around during his set due to the emotional day he’d been through. What shocked me was how involved the audience was despite Tedashii’s lack of prompting. This involvement is what truly blew me away about his set tonight — it truly was his brothers and sisters celebrating the fact that Jesus Christ is alive. Grade: A+