Photo By Wuz Good Photography
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico â€” The summer concert season closed out with a bang at the Journal Pavilion on Sunday night, as Florida kings Rick Ross, Pitbull, and Flo Rida filled out a roster that included Bun B, Warren G, Twista and headliner Busta Rhymes at the “New Mexico Takeover 4.”
Bun B was one of the first big names to hit the stage, tantalizing the crowd with way-back UGK hits such as Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin’,” then forwarding to current classics like “International Player’s Anthem (I Choose You).”
Backstage, Warren G and Rick Ross plotted future collaborations. “I need some of them beats,” Ross, surrounded by the Carol City Cartel and Masspike Miles, said to Warren in his dressing room with a grin. Meanwhile Warren, who had performed some of his classics like “Regulate” and “This DJ,” talked about working with Michael Jackson. The West Coast producer said he has three songs in the can from years back with MJ, however, Jackson controlled the music and Warren has never gotten his hands on the finished songs.
Later Ross took the stage with his swagger-filled brand of gangsta music.
“I need silence for one second,” the Boss said early in his set. “I gotta talk a little business.” All of a sudden, as if on command, it started raining. “I heard it ain’t nothing but hustlas out here.”
This led, of course, to “Hustlin’.” Later came “We Takin’ Over” and “Push It.”
“I love it! The weather is beautiful,” Ross said during “Yacht Club.”
The show stayed Miami, with Flo Rida getting loud love from the spectators with his hits such as “Low” and “Sugar.” Flo’s finale was “Right Round” where he rode on a bodyguard’s shoulders through the crowd while he rapped.
However, Pitbull â€” whose new LP, Rebelution, drops this week â€” was probably the star of the night. The largely Hispanic crowd sang and danced along with songs such as “Bojangles,” “Toma” and “Pull Up.”
“I know you want me, you know I want ya!” they sang along heavily on “I Know You Want Me.” “Hotel Room” was his closer.
Pitbull was a tough act to follow, but the mighty Busta Rhymes kept fans on their feet with his set, which featured hits like “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See,” “Fire It Up,” “Break Ya Neck,” “Arab Money” and many others. Each record was performed with so much energy that you would have sworn it was Busta’s last-ever concert.
“Pass the Courvoisier” ended the show, with Bus giving a champagne bath to the front row while Spliff Star showered people on the side of the stage.