Went to a rap concert last night.
Georgia is gearing up for arguably its most important elections in its history. The richest man in Georgia, Bidzina Ivanishvili came out against Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. He created a new political party called Georgian Dream Democratic Georgia.
Bidzina Ivanishvili’s son, Bera, is an aspiring rapper. He is a seventeen year old with big dreams of making it to the MTV scene. He is touring the country of Georgia campaigning for his father. That’s who came to the town of Ozurgeti.
It was packed out!
Which brings me to another point of difference between America and Georgia. Georgians are curious about any and everything western (American). Most people pretty much know what music they like or dislike. And for sure know what type of music they will go see in a concert. Well Georgians know this about themselves, too. But rap music? What is this in which you speak? The younger generations are dialed into the current(ish) hip hop scene. For some reason Tupac is still #1.
But the concert tonight well could have been a highly attended Sunday afternoon picnic in the park. Everybody came out; old, young, babies, grandparents…. to a rap concert! I was dumbstruck. AND everybody stayed until the end.
He had some good tracks, I’m not gonna lie. He had an English lyrics song or two. And interestingly enough, he had some second rate rappers from the US (didn’t know them). That was a surprise.
So keep your ears open. Bera. Next big thing coming out of the Caucus Region.
“A hip hop
The hippie to the hippie the
Hip hip a hop and you don’t stop, rock it
Rock it out, Baby Bubba to the boogie da bang bang
The boogie to the boogie, the beat.
I said, I can’t wait ’til the end of the week
When I’m rappin’ to the rhythm of a groovy beat
And I attempt to raise your body heat.
Just blow your mind, so you can’t speak
And do a thing but a-rock and shuffle your feet
And let it change up to a dance called the freak
And when you finally do come into your rhythmic beat,
Reast a little while so you don’t get weak.”
Rapper’s Delight, Sugarhill Gang