Another Mavericks Production: Ludacris March 294.1.16
April 1, 2016 (DALLAS, TX) — Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks welcomed hip hop artist and 3-time Grammy Award winner Ludacris to the stage at the Bomb Factory on Tuesday, March 29th. Topic, Bobby Sessions, and DeeJay Mike B also performed, opening up for Ludacris.
Another Mavericks Production put on the event, and the organization surely made its presence known. The Mavs drumline performed on the sidewalk outside as the doors were opening, and both the dancers and ManiAACs performed in between opening sets by local rappers including Bobby Sessions, Cure for Paranoia, and -topic, who before long was skateboarding across the stage during his highly entertaining set. The ManiAACs made it rain glowsticks, tossing them from the second-floor balcony to the standing-room floor area.
Even Mark Cuban was on hand to introduce Ludacris, who continually thanked the fans and the Mavs organization for the opportunity to light up the crowd on a work night. He joked that he was supposed to be off the stage well into the evening before trotting out yet another hit song to play to the packed house.
Ludacris performed hit after hit during his set for more than 3,000 fans. Mavericks fans pride themselves on being rowdy and loud, and that was certainly the case inside The Bomb Factory, where the energy was high and the speakers were booming. Mavs owner Mark Cuban enjoyed the show with forward Chandler Parsons, local rising superstar musician Leon Bridges, and others in a packed Mavs suite.
Ludacris’ last record, Ludaversal, came out a year ago, nearly five years after his previous album. In an interview with Vibe, he promised there won’t be another half-decade wait for the next album.
An interesting note was that each of the opening acts got a lengthy set to put their best foot forward and find a groove. These were 20 to 30 minute sets and it was -topic that really made an impression, sweating profusely but joking about it. Once his shirt came off it became apparent the artist was putting his heart into the show and he seemed to have a blast on stage, kickflipping on his skateboard and even doing a backflip during a guest spot on Cure For Paranoia that may not have had the smoothest landing.
Bobby Sessions had built a reputation in the Dallas hip-hop scene as a passionate performer and creative lyricist within the formidable Brain Gang collective. While Dallas isn’t necessarily known as a hip-hop powerhouse historically, up-and-comer Bobby Sessions looks to definitively change that with the world release of his project LOA (Law Of Attraction).
Cameron McCloud is a rapper, but he wants to live like a rock star. He’s a paranoid schizophrenic, but music is his therapy and he has a fan in Erykah Badu. He used to go by ThatKidCam, but now McCloud prefers to be part of a group: Cure for Paranoia, which started when he and some friends set out on a road trip, looking for doomsday shelter. If McCloud’s life seems all over the place, then one thing is constant: He can’t stop making music.If anything, music is his medicine. “When I say all these things onstage, everybody will resonate with it in their own way,” McCloud says. He believes his condition actually brings him closer to the audience because everyone has some degree of mental illness, anxiety and paranoia. “As an artist, people want to feel like they know you,” he continues. “Like they are reading a page from your diary.”
Deejay Mike B is another local artist performing live on Tuesday.
One of Dallas’ most unique hip-hop artists and greatest live performers, -topic, is getting ready for Legendary Cake Jam 2.0, a follow-up to last year’s hip-hop party in Deep Ellum. His career is currently taking him in several different directions, most notably to the Pacific Coast. Sadly, it is unlikely that we will see a third installment of Cake Jam next summer, as that westward pull seems poised to whisk him away from his hometown.