Ying Yang Twins at Pourhouse, 3/27/14

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Adam DeGross
Kaine of the Ying Yang Twins, before his complete meltdown

Ying Yang Twins
The Pourhouse, Minneapolis
Thursday, March 27, 2014

The modern world is a frightening place, full of peril. Airplanes disappear without a trace. Mortar shells burn brightly under an ashen sky, marring city streets with blackened craters. Unrest is rampant. Economic woes abound. Twerking contests have become a commodity. And, the Ying Yang Twins have embarked on a nationwide tour.

The duo made their Minneapolis tour stop last night at Pourhouse. At first it seemed innocent enough -- suburban kids intermingled peacefully with stone-faced city slickers, posing for selfies and feigning shyness when the opening acts tried in futility to get the crowd turnt up. What happened next, though, defied all expectations. What happened next threw all notions of decency out the window. What happened next was sooo ratchet.

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The first couple of performers, including the evening's emcee Lenerd, rapped unimpressively along with their backing tracks. DJ D.Mil was visibly upset as Lenerd instructed him to start his set's first backing track over after it mistakenly sped up, leaving Lenerd to rap haphazardly over the jumble. The second time it played, the backing track did exactly the same thing. Lenerd gave up and mumbled along. A miniature Snickers bar lay defeated in the center of the dance floor. Every so often, someone would step on it.

The third act, Absent and Marx, was a refreshing departure from the banality of the backing track nightmares. Interestingly, as the two moved further into their set, the audience collectively shifted its position farther from the stage. The reason for this perhaps was that the two weren't really doing the whole party music thing. Their songs seemed more informed, more heartfelt, with forceful delivery.

DJ D.Mil continued to spin in between the live sets, playing twerk-friendly tunes by the likes of Chris Brown and YG. It was early yet, but the crowd was filling out when Scott Snares took to the stage. Threatening "murder with my tongue," he declared, "I'm verbally abusive!" A man wearing crisp Nike sneakers, their laces glowing neon green under the black lights, held one hand high above his head. His braids were tightly wound against his skull. Two women pushing 40 to the left of him were losing their shit, sloshing their vodka cranberries onto one other. A girl with X's marked on her hands bent over the stage, her back visible through a shredded t-shirt, seemingly praying to the fog machine. Things were starting to get interesting. People were starting to become visibly inebriated.

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DJ D.Mil
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"The Backflip" is this girl's twerk move

Suddenly, Lenerd dropped the bomb. There was going to be a twerking contest at midnight. He grabbed a girl and pulled her onstage, begging for a preview of what was to come. Much to everyone's surprise, the girl did a backflip. In heels and a minidress. Then she did two more backflips. A man greeted his friend with a pat on the back, lamenting, "I miss the old days," as the two surveyed the scene. Another man idly tossed dollar bills from the second-floor balcony.

The next performers were the first of the night to start rapping about more gangster-oriented subjects like body bags. Mooney and Rico AKA Young South were dressed in all black and draped with shiny chains. Audience members whipped out their phones and started videotaping. The duo's songs were interspersed with flows from rapper Purpose and the velvety singing of Jason, who remained hidden beneath a pair of sunglasses. The juxtaposition of all four artists resulted in an intriguing display. Jason's voice was sexy, the raps menacing.

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Mooney

Immediately following was Raw Gee, who gave multiple shoutouts to his mother. She was brave enough to be down in the trenches with the rest of us. "Mama said to keep it movin!" he shouted to her from the stage, as she jumped wildly up and down, beaming proudly at her son.

Everyone was getting pretty antsy. Considering that six acts had already performed, this was no surprise. For the next 45 minutes, people got more drunk and excited for the twerking contest. At the stroke of midnight, the contest began.



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DJ_is_a_Nazi
DJ_is_a_Nazi

Lenerd was terrible! And someone said it was the DJs fault? It was a corrupt file and the 2nd time he played it for him he tried to sing to the speed of the song! What kind of musician/artist is that? Where's the pride? The last concert he preformed was with a kid who was on tour covering Drake songs. FYI he thought that was a big deal and was "making moves". And yes the girls Lenerd brought were nasty. They always are! Interact with the fans? That's all he does! I'm surprised he didn't take his shirt off and bless us with his pasty self. He had the largest fan base??? What else are those crusty little coon rapids girls going to do on a Thursday? This dude busses people into his shows. I hope this person goes to another Lenerd show so they again can write another accurate article on Lenerd. He was out of breath after each song and looked beat. My best advice is that if you don't want someone to write a review about you you shouldn't put on a half asses performance. Maybe go for a jog and work on that cardio a little bit. Lenerd sucked.

DJ_is_a_Nazi
DJ_is_a_Nazi

I was at that show. Completely sober. It was chaos with everything! This person is writing a review of the ENTIRE show not just 1 person. If you're going to preform to the public be prepared for a review of your performance. I am writing this in review of just 1 person tho. LENERD. I said it like this, this show was like a WWE Monday Night Raw Event. It was an all out act. For someone to attempt to sing over a corrupt file for more than a minute gets a review. LENERD was GARBAGE! He was out of breath after each song and at one point shouted out for water. He brought a fan base? What else the suburbs of Coon Rapids going to do on a Thursday night? And he brought "girls" what are you trying to get at? I can hear you losing brain cells with that comment. Quick bit about the "girls" he brought...

1. Most needed to find a babysitter that night to be able to blow their entire tax rebate.

2. The other half were under 21.

3. I didn't want to bring weight, dental, or personal hygiene into the conversation but most were over weight and lacking in the other 2 departments.

jordanfweller
jordanfweller

I don't think it's fair to personally attack this writer. Anyone that was there can agree with a lot of what was written. The whole night was crazy, and towards the end it just got weird and confusing.

That being said, I also don't think it was fair to call out Lenerd. Whether you liked his set or not, he puts his heart and soul into every performance and is nothing but appreciative to every person at his shows.

Personally, I love going to hip-hop shows. You never know what to expect. Unless, of course, it's the Ying Yang Twins. I think everyone should have expected nothing less than what they got.

sarahstanleyayre
sarahstanleyayre

FYI this is not the first rap show i've ever been to. and this is not the last rap show i will review. stay tuned in the coming months for more moments of excellence

alicia_taylor
alicia_taylor

Very biased blog. Be more open minded when talking about music. Mistakes happen all the time and how can the artist be blamed for the track messing up? Lenerd has a group of dedicated fans that support him at every show. He is also able to fill up a party bus for every show of his which makes the crowd bigger for every artist that performs. If he wasn't good he wouldn't have that. So next time you want to talk shit about him or any other artist for that matter, look at the facts first.

nimodahooligan
nimodahooligan

No need to bash a city pages writer, ya'll.

This article will affect no ones creative career in the slightest.

DaisyHL
DaisyHL

This is complete bullsh*t & each one of these artists has a talent if they aren't good why would they even share a stage with the ying yang twins...

Also if you have never been to a rap show why would you review one in the first place? You need to go to them often to understand everything from the artists, to the fans, to the atmosphere you are in & how it feels. 

ALSO Lenerd is the most interactive with his fans so why bash him? plus everyone is looking like they are enjoying the show in the pictures I see above. Everyone is just having fun that is what all these shows are about.

schweitzer377
schweitzer377

Yur a joke dude dissin on people's hard work. Wen all u do is write And dj mistakes no one can help um Lenerd had the biggest fan base besides ying yang u should prolly Get some more talent yurself bud. And respect.

Support good people and good music

Support Lenerd www.LEN2ERD.com

k8FN
k8FN

This review ruled.  I love the way it escalated into madness.  Also,  6 openers?!  WHO THOUGHT THAT WAS A GOOD IDEA?! 

 For all those taking offense, sometimes your favorite artists just suck live.  Sometimes the show is great, sometimes they are drunk and barely coherent and can't get through half a set (see: Pentagram at the Turf a couple years ago when Bobby Liebling had to be escorted off by his handler after 4 songs and a super long terrible cover, and the band just abruptly ended the set and had the club turn the lights on and kick everyone out)

It doesn't sound like the reviewer was saying the Ying Yang Twins sucked...just that the show left much to be desired from a perspective of actual performance output.  Just means they gotta come back around to play soon!

alejandrorey22
alejandrorey22

You can judge a set by a screw up that was unforeseen, and you can't fault someone that's interacting with the crowd doing there job.

christine_sutherland
christine_sutherland

Lenerd has the best looking crowd and you called them ratchet? He was the most interactive with the fans and was amazing! No one out performed him at the pourhouse!

suthey
suthey

How do bash Lenerd who brought the most women which there was a lack of of women and he was the performer who did the best crowd interaction. How do you put down an artist that overcomes a dj screw up and kills it.

suthey
suthey

How do you single out the performer that interacts with the crowd and clearly brought the most women which was a big problem for you because of the lack of women. you clearly dont go to many rap concerts. Be objective!

michelle.stryker
michelle.stryker

Wooooowww. Hater. Maybe if you hauled your ass off that high horse that you are desperately clinging onto,you could hear the music properly.

Kyle.G
Kyle.G

When we're there any moments of excellence on your part? I'm true curious to know.

HanniKenny
HanniKenny

You are kind of a moron, so I'll put this simply. She was reviewing a show. One show. Not shows, not writing on how shows bring people together; a single fucking show. This particular show happened to be a shitshow. If the show had run smoothly, or been good, she would have given it a different review. No one gives a fuck if you and your slut parade had fun, Kiki.

HanniKenny
HanniKenny

Do it. We're all dying to hear what your irrelevant ass has to say.

HanniKenny
HanniKenny

LMFAO "This is complete bullsh*t & each one of these artists has a talent if they aren't good why would they even share a stage with the ying yang twins..."

Oh girl... You think the Ying Yang Twins are talented? L O fucking L

sarahstanleyayre
sarahstanleyayre

@killerkiki123 @sarahstanleyayre  I don't review every show I go to. I go to many shows in my free time and support a variety of local artists. However, I did review & interview both Riff Raff and Lil Debbie. I would consider those to be rap shows. As for the uproar over Lenerd, allow me to clarify that at no point did I say his performance was either "good" or "bad." I merely provided factual documentation of what occurred while he was on stage. I believe that every artist who is brave enough to go on stage and perform in front of an audience deserves a certain amount of respect and credit for their work. Keep supporting local music and local musicians. They are what keeps our city so interesting, unique and entertaining. Including Lenerd.

Kyle.G
Kyle.G

You are sadly mistaken, more people here will care about what she has to than you do. Sorry if that took you off that high horse you hold yourself on.

Kyle.G
Kyle.G

They tour the country and thousands upon thousands of people listen to them. Not talented at all.

Kyle.G
Kyle.G

No, you are right, you didn't bash him in this article. But you're bashing him else where are you not?

HanniKenny
HanniKenny

How off topic are you trying to get?

HanniKenny
HanniKenny

She was reviewing that one show. That's the point. O_o

HanniKenny
HanniKenny

I haven't tried to insult you, sugar. If you feel that way, I have succeeded in unintentionally insulting you, which is VERY funny. I'm going to go eat cheeseburgers and laugh at how upset you are over an article. Have fun ruling the internet. Lulz.

DaisyHL
DaisyHL

I totally agree with @killerkiki123. The first rap show I went to I did not feel right, but as you continue to go you start to understand things more that are going on around you. 

Even if you don't like the music & you are trying to review it you at least need to do some research before you go around saying this stuff & go to more shows to understand it. 

If I were to go to a show for the first time hearing some country singers I would most likely write a review like this one but if I go to some more shows I would understand the fans, the music, the artists to everything going around. 

If she would have gone to more shows instead of just one & reviewed it on the first show then things would be different but no.

HanniKenny
HanniKenny

Sure, which regional dialect would you like it in, sugar tits?

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