The widely-publicised #BuckwyldnBreathless concert which featured 2Baba and M.I as headliners held at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Saturday, September 3.
The event which has received plaudits for its successful outcome also featured performances from Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz, Nosa, Sound Sultan, Vector, Cobhams Asuquo, Waje, Kelly Hansome and more.
Here are our 5 major highlights from the event.
- Chocolate City’s mind blowing reunioun on stage:
We somewhat predicted this and it came true.
M.I, first of all surprised the audience when he brought out Djinee – former Chocolate City member and the man who he describes as the “good Samaritan who housed 3 strangers – (him, Ice Prince and Jesse Jagz) when they first got to Lagos “.
The duo took us back to 2009 with M.I’s breakthrough single – Safe.
Subsequently, there was a performance of Djinee’s Overkilling featuring Jesse Jagz and Ice Prince. Let;s just say it was epic!
The trio of Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz and M.I then set the stage on fire as they dished out some of their evergreen collaborations together such as Nobody Test Me.
Ice Prince and Jesse Jagz also performed their hit singles – Oleku and Wetin Dey respectively.
Their set ended with M.I’s performance of Brother – a song off his 2014 Chairman album which is dedicated to Ice Prince and Jesse Jagz.
The song – which also features Nosa of Chocolate City on the chorus – got M.I emotional as he told a few stories about how he met Ice Prince, Djinee and more.
Brymo’s inclusion would have been an icing on the cake. We just hope Chocolate City get to bury the hatchet with him someday.
2. A spiritual ode to the late OJB
2Baba certainly opened the heavens last night and we are sure OJB looked down and felt a fulfilled man as he watched his son, Ayokunle engage in a spiritual and emotional duet with the star for a performance of his own song – Searching.
Goosebumps simply grew under people’s skin.
In preparation for this set, lighters were distributed to the VIP guests in front at the beginning of the show.
So while Ayokunle and 2Baba did their thing on stage, the lighters were flicked on by some of the VIPs and raised in the air to pay tribute to the late producer and also late singer – Nomoreloss.
Prior to that, 2Baba called Ruggedman and Kelly Hansome on stage for a tribute to the great producer. While Ruggedman honoured him lyrically, Kelly Hansome worked the strings of the guitar and the crowd was blown away as people never knew the Maga Don Pay singer could play.
3. Cobhams Asuquo lifts spirits high
Can he ever do wrong? Fortunately No! He continued in this same fashion at the show. With the simple use of a piano, Cobhams thrilled the audience to two covers of 2baba’s Dancefloor and Human Being by M.I and 2Baba.
Meanwhile, for your information, the visually impaired artiste and producer extraordinaire drove into the hall of the EKo convention center in a mini cooper.
How he did it, we don’t know but all we can say is wow!
4. 2Baba born anew
2Baba rocked the mic like he was born with it last night. This is another testament to the innate musical prowess this man possesses.
He started his set with Nobody featuring M.I following an unnecessary The Gist show hosted by Emma Ugolee where he discussed bad press with entertainer, AY Makun and respected journo, Osagie Alonge.
He then took us to church with a beautiful praise and worship-esque performance. He however, did not do too many of his club bangers. All through the night, it was like 2Baba was renewed, revamped and had gotten better like old wine.
Words aren’t just enough to describe the tingling sensation Waje sent down our spines last night.
With Arese – winner of The Voice Nigeria in the audience, it’s like she decided to flex those singing cords of hers to show the new bee how it’s being done.
We absolutely can’t fault her performance last night as it was simply blissful and peaceful.
Meanwhile, M.I and Waje also came through on the performance of One Naira.
6. M.I is a show stopper
With M.I’s performance last night, one would look back at the past 8 years and ask if there is any rapper that can exude stage presence like he does? With the full throttle live band accompanying him throughout his set, M.I owned the stage and the crowd.
Everything seemed to work perfectly for the short black boy from Jos on the night.
Asides from his reunioun with his Choc City family, another high point of his set was when he performed Anoti from his debut album, Talk About It.
He turned the whole place into one big party. Before that, he got a lap-dance on stage from one of the dancers while performing on of his singles – Slow Down.