2019 Millennium Tour “Bumps” In Tampa

By on May 15, 2019


Featuring B2K, Mario, etc

“Bump, Bump, Bump, ”

Lloyd (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

          In 2019 hip-hop and R&B is doing something that has been more of a “rock &roll” type of occurance; bringing back artists that had peaked 10+ years ago. With Nas and Mary J Blidge announcing a tour less than two weeks before ‘The Millennium Tour 2019’ arrived in Tampa, FL on May 11th, 2019.

          Opening up the night&acting as the MC for the evening was Gary “G Thang” Johnson. Coming out to ‘All I do is Win’, and opening up with a few one liner’s, it became obvious quickly that he bases his work around ‘racial shock’. Had this been back during the peak years for the artists on this tour, his comedy would have been fitting, now it’s just tired. He did offer a shout out of ‘respect’ for the LGBTQ community.

Chingy (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

          The first performer of the night was Chingy. Looking healthy and full of energy, this is the Chingypeople were hoping to see. Performing a non-stop mixture of his hits, with ‘HolidaeIn’ starting off the sing-alongs that came throughout the night.

‘Right Thurr’ saw Chingy welcome Murphy Lee to the stage to join in. While this was a great take on Chingy’s biggest hit, Murphy Lee got everyone moving even more with his biggest hit ‘Shake Ya Tailfeather’.  Together they took time out to honor Nipsey Hustle, as did many others during the show.

Bobby V (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

Bobby V came out next. Dressed in a thick wool coat, and black jeans, it was a surprise he didn’t pass out on stage mid-set, especially with how much dancing he was doing. Requesting a solo spotlight for ‘Turn The Page’, he danced a single rose out to a woman in the front row, and tossed out nearly a dozen more to end the song.

Bobby V (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

Grinding on the stage as he performed ‘Slow Down’ you could feel the humidity in the place rise. Looking around at the women screaming and just melting for this guy. He certainly knows the level of his sex appeal with women, and his expert level falsettos don’t hurt either. Drenched in sweat he left the stage to a shrill set of screams.

Lloyd (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

Up next was Lloyd. Making an almost instant entrance from the back of the arena, he caught G Thang completely off guard, and quickly had the audience dancing along and going nuts with him.

While energetic, the entrance across the arena left him a bit out of breath as he spent most of the first song just dancing. Hits like ‘Get It Shawty’, New Orleans inspired ‘Southside’, and ‘Lay It Down’, kept the fans going as his set progressed on.

Paying homage to Nipsey Hustle during his performance of ‘Feelin’ Myself’ (a single Lloyd guest stared on). In true Nipsey Hussle fashion, Lloyd closed his set with inspirational and positive messages on the screens.

Ying Yang Twins (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

As ironic as it sounds, a polar opposite was up next: Ying Yang Twins. Sampling ‘We Will Rock You’ from Queen, they took the stage with ‘Whistle While You Twurk’; instantly launching everyone to their feet.

Ying Yang Twins (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

You could see who the 20+ year fans were as they sang along to this classic (myself included), and the girls were moving and shaking as D-Roc ran across the arena. The set wouldn’t calm down at all as they ripped through ‘Wait (The Whisper Song)’, and “Say I Yi Yi’. They played up the role as hype men during ‘Get Low’ too.

Ying Yang Twins (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

Bringing back out Chingy, they performed a remix of ‘Right Thurr’ which elicited even louder reactions than the first version of it during Chingy’s set. Kaine closed their set losing his shirt and singing the final verse of ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong in a perfect pitch. Something many cannot do.

Pretty Ricky (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

With all the moving, shaking, and screaming it was no wonder that the heat had been turned up, and it was time to crank it up even further with the bullet proof vest decked out quartet of Pretty Ricky, and some very seductively dressed back up dancers.

Pretty Ricky (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

Opening up with ‘Grind With Me’ this set the mood for their whole set; slow, sexual, and highly choreographed. Performing ‘Juicy’ the brothers got incredibly in-depth with their live sex simulation in the back. They couldn’t keep it for the crew; everyone had to get some solo time in there too.

Pretty Ricky (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

Baby Blue sang out ‘Nothing but a Number’; Slick ‘Em put it down with ‘Push it Baby’; Spectacular shared his experience with ‘Love Like Honey’ and Pleasure P knew all about being ‘Boyfriend #2’.

Closing with ‘On the Hotline’ Spectacular showed back up wearing just a towel. Dancing seductively to the women’s screams, he peeled off an almost comical set of white briefs from under his towel and tossed them into the deafening crowd. You could see the girls shoving each other trying to get them.

Mario (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

No stranger to underwear going airborne, Mario was up next. A legend back in the early 2000’s, Mario carved out a nice niche in R&B, and still has a name that carries respect with it everywhere he performs.

Mario (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

 Surprisingly though, his set didn’t feature the ‘normal’ female back up dancers. Rather he had the full band like many other artists did, and two guys dancing along with him. Their choreography was pretty spot on, but noticeably off in some spots.

Mario (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

Despite the all-male dance review, Mario kept the set rather slow and sensual. This seemed to resonate with the audience well, and his two biggest singles ‘Just a Friend’ and ‘Let Me Love You’ elicited numerous screams.

Mario (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

As the set ended you saw the aforementioned pair of purple thongs hit the stage. Watching the stage-hand clear them from the stage after Mario left was nothing less than hilarious for those who saw it happen.
          Closing out the night was another quartet; B2K, who were appearing as a group on their first tour in over 15 years. However, for this show they were a trio as Raz-B needed to take time away from touring due to personal issues.

B2K (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

The group gave him his due and a shout out after they literally “blew up” onto the stage. Opening up with ‘Girlfriend’, they had the peak performance of the night. It felt a bit weird not having Raz-B with them, and a lot of it felt off balance.

Yet it wasn’t just the absence of Raz-B that left things off balance. Only having 2 backup dancers but 3 main performers and a full band left the show a bit off kilter at times. Especially when other bands on the tour utilized a backup dancer each or more.

B2K (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

Despite this uneven split, and missing their fourth member, B2K still can deliver more efficiently than Jimmy Johns. Their interaction with the fans was certainly the biggest of the night. They reached out & touched hands and tossed out their sweat towels. This level of fan interaction is vastly different than where they were back in 2000 when they first showed up.

B2K (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

This new level of maturity and fan appreciation does not go unnoticed, and people appreciate them in coming back. It is a wonder why they took so long to come back, with how loved they were when they left, and how strong that love still is today.

Closing down with ‘Bump, Bump, Bump’ they covered a wide range of their catalog with each member getting some solo time. Nobody left the stage without being able to get their spotlight time, and without being able to connect with the fans.

B2K (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

Considering the number of random guest spots throughout this tour, the three final dates on the tour are promising for some serious surprises. Denver ,CO. on May 23rd; Glendale, AZ on the 25th, and closing out in Las Vegas, NV on the 26th. There has yet to be a date I can find without a surprise on it, and who knows; maybe Raz-B will surprise everyone and come back for the last date?

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