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106 and Park Came Through and Shut Philly DOWN! by Jasmine Whaley

On January 9th, 2010, Philly was definitely in for a treat. The show started at 9 P.M. at the TLA in South Philly with a few decent opening acts. Pretty Ricky was the first tour headliners to perform. The fellas from Pretty Ricky have been known to set the souls of their female audience on fire, this show being no different. They opened up their show with a few songs off their new album, Pretty Ricky, including: their hit singles Tipsy and Say a Command, Mr. Goodbar, Ménage a Trois, and Lap Dance. Lingerie was given his own special introduction from his group mates and did a mini-solo on his guitar, which I felt made the audience connect with him on a one-to-one level, stealing the hearts of the female audience as Pretty Ricky is known for. Their tight but smooth dance segments were enjoyable to watch and added a bit of fun and playfulness to their set.
During their performance of Lap Dance, Baby Blue challenged the audience by saying whoever calls and gets through to his phone, will receive a lap dance. He proceeded to give out his number and waited to see who would be the lucky winner. When two girls approached the stage, the crowd as well as the group members shrieked with the excitement. One of the members then announced that the two girls would have to play musical chairs in order to claim their prize. It was quite the spectacle. I’m assuming the two girls must have forgotten the rules of musical chairs, as neither of them attempted to sit down as soon as the music stopped. After a slight delay, one girl was proclaimed the winner while the other took the ‘walk of shame’ off the stage. The group proceeded to give the girl a lap dance as she was promised. After this demonstration, the group brought another female on to the stage. While Lingerie was singing to her, Slick’Em and Spectacular kissed the girl on her cheek and she actually fainted. They ended their set with a few of their past hits including Your Body which let the crowd screaming in excitement, definitely a fan favorite. The boys from Pretty Ricky did an excellent job of getting their fans involved with their performance.
Mario was next to hit the stage. The R&B crooner brought an extreme level of energy to the stage with him that gave the crowd no other option but to go crazy. His opening number was Thinkin’ about You, which complete with the live band sounded amazing through the speakers. Mario, also a female-crowd pleaser, enticed the audience with his earnest pleas and hip thrusts as he performed some of his earlier hits including, Let Me Love You, Crying Out for Me, and Music for Love. He performed many of his songs off his latest album, D.N.A. He also took it all the way to day one with his first single, Just a Friend which hyped up the crowd even more. While performing I Choose You, he pulled a woman out of the audience on to the stage and serenaded her shirtless for the duration of the song. Mario also had a few surprise guests. His first was Philly rapper Meek Millz who performed his hit Make ‘Em Say. ‘The crowd went crazy’ is definitely an understatement in his case. The audience was jumping up and down and reciting the lyrics with him as if they were feeding off of his high energy. Mario also joined him on stage after changing his outfit. Being that Meek Millz is more well-known in the Philadelphia region, it was obvious that Mario was not too familiar to the song but he still added a spark to the performance. Mario brought out Marsha Ambrosius from Floetry as well. The duet that they performed was beautiful to watch since both of their voices go so well together. Mario ended his set with the club smash Break Up.
Fabolous was up to next to close out the show, along with the live band. His set included: My Time, Can’t Deny It, Into You, Make Me Better, Diamonds on My Chain, and many others. He also performed a few songs on which he wasn’t the sole artist. Among these included his verse on a remix to Swag Surfin’, originally recorded by F.L.Y. and the remix to Rockin’ that Thang by the-Dream and Say Aah by Trey Songz.His older selections blended well with songs off of his newest album, Loso’s Way, including Lullaby, Everything,Everyday,Everywhere, and show-closer Throw it in the Bag- both the original and the remix. His performance was very clean cut featuring crisp lyrics and no gaudy jewelry. He was joined on stage by his brother, Paul Cain, and rapper Red Café, who performed I’m Ill and There He Go, alongside Fabolous. Philadelphia received an excellent show for the money.

--Jasmine Whaley--
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