Yeah! I just saw them in concert tonight–they’re having U.S. tour with about a billion dates at smaller venues, so they came to a club in Seattle!
Downtown Seattle. Which means I paid a “parking attendant” when I parked my car–hey, at least he made the effort to dress the part and show good manners. (I blew off the zombie guy who lurched out to my car in the middle of the night to get the pass back.)
The reason it was so late when I got back to my car was that the show was supposed to start at 8 but started around 8:30 with two DJs who did a set that lasted a solid hour. (It was mostly Korean hip-hop, but then at the end it hilariously degenerated into stuff like T-ara and Twice. The best part was there was older guy near me who knew the dances–and performed them!) After that, San-E and Mad Clown (along with the female singer Sobae, who was a lot of fun and sang the woman’s parts in the duets) did a set that was nearly two hour long!
And they were great–San-E is a wild man who once again made sure everyone got their cardio in, and Mad Clown is another one of these effortless rappers. Although he looks like a giant five-year-old, no lie. He’s not small like Zion T, but he’s got a real baby face and that slightly lost look to him–you know how P.O looks like a giant baby? Mad Clown is like P.O on whatever the opposite of steroids are.
Fantastic rapper, of course–honestly, I think that’s one of the great things about going to these kinds of concerts in the United States. Sure the tickets cost more (although this show had a nice discount for early buyers), but you’re seeing real top-flight talent in these intimate little venues. You wouldn’t be able to see the American equivalent in an open-floor 560-capacity club, that’s for damned sure.
Anyway, they were also very funny. San-E mostly spoke English and Mad Clown mostly spoke Korean, but they would switch out on each other, and Mad Clown’s English was good enough to really burn San-E. (“That was cute.” “I will show you how to rap.”) He also made a point of telling us that he was “not a violent person” despite song titles like “Love Is a Dog from Hell.”
They started out doing “competitive” medleys (like each rapper’s Show Me the Money songs), and then since Mad Clown “won” that, he did a solo set, then San-E did a solo set, then they both came out and did more songs with Sobae.
In San-E’s solo set, he asked for an audience member with a birthday coming up to sing a love song to, and got a young lady named Sarah. At the end of the song he was signing a hat for her (he signed another hat earlier, and then they gave away two promotional CDs–it was quite the show for swag) and a woman yelled out, “Touch him Sarah! Don’t waste your time!” which I thought was pretty funny. Of course, since it’s San-E he had already put his arm around her and hugged her multiple times and generally been…you know, San-E.
He was quite impressed by the fact that weed is legal here (but not for him!), and actually this is the first Korean concert I’ve been to where people were getting high, big time. It was a very mixed crowd with a lot of locals (although plenty of the people getting seriously fucked up were Korean), and they didn’t search bags or anything–I guess that plus the lateness of the show got an edgier crowd. There was an under-21 section, so I would assume that area was also drug-free, but it was interesting because that kind of thing simply hasn’t happened (or if it has happened, people have been very discreet about it) at other shows.