REVIEW: Powerhouse 2014 Show in Philly Separates Hip-Hop’s Stars from Pretenders
FULL ARTICLE: The Morning Call – John J. Moser
The Powerhouse 2014 concert that Philadelphia radio station WUSL-FM Power 99 brought to Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on Friday separated the real stars of hip-hop and R&B from the pretenders..
Regardless of what you think about Chris Brown’s history of violence and reported drug issues – as of Friday, he had been out of jail less than five months – he was the most gifted performer in the 15 act show, showing a strong singing voice and choreographed dance moves.
Despite the fanatical reception for Trey Songz, his voice was OK but not spectacular, and it seemed he’s far more (at 29) a teen idol-type phenomenon than a real talent.
Chris Brown, though, was the undeniable star of the night. In a nine-song, 25-minute set that heavily sampled his new album “X,” released in September, Brown easily showed he was the night’s best singer, turning up the vocals for “Strip.” He opened
With the title track from “X,” the 25-year-old Brown looked older, despite being dressed in a red letterman’s sweater and black fedora (which he tossed to the crowd Michael Jackson-style). But he danced enthusiastically – immediately setting himself apart from a lineup in which footwork was in short supply.
He sang “Show Me” with Kid Ink – letting the rapper handle most of the song –but did a two-minute version of “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)” a cappella, noting it was recorded when he was living in the Philadelphia area.
And he started his newest single “New Flame” the same way, before adding some good dance moves to it, too. Then he showed is hip-hop chops on this year’s platinum single “Loyal.”
Power 99’s Powerhouse In Philly Recap
October 31, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA All HipHop – Steve Raze
Two of the world’s biggest R&B stars Chris Brown and Trey Songz had all women, single or not, in tears as they performed their set together. Chris brought artist Kid Ink back out to perform their hit single “Show Me.”
To close out the show was rap newcomer and NYC rhymer Bobby Shmurda who made the crowd hype the most out all the performers. Not only is his hit record “Hot Ni**a” number one on the rap charts but T.I, Trey Songz, Chris Brown and Powerhouse’s headliners came back on the stage to do the “Shmoney Dance” with the young artist. The entire crowd broke out into the dance along with the game’s biggest names.
First performance of Show Me by Kid Ink and Chris Brown. HISTORIC!
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