Recap: Erykah Badu Surprises Fans at Heineken Inspire feat. Rick Ross

By Tia Danae

This was clearly the busiest weekend that the nation’s capital has seen all year. Howard Homecoming, University of Maryland Homecoming, and the John Stewart rally had traffic backed up on every major street in the District. That did not stop the Heineken Inspire Tour from bringing out hundreds of attendees at Love Nightclub last Saturday afternoon. This private concert allowed patrons an intimate experience watching some of their favorite artists perform.

With DJ Quicksilva on the 1s and 2s prior to the concert, attendees enjoyed complimentary Heinekens and spent the first 90 minutes mingling and networking. By about 5:30, the concert opened up with Wale, who ended his set with “No Hands”, which of course had the crowd reciting every word.

Next, legendary DJ D-Nice demonstrated his undeniable talent during a 30-minute set where he played everything from old school R&B to hip hop classics.

Next up…The Clipse. I was interested to see this performance after the recent announcement that Pusha T has been signed to Kanye’s G.O.O.D. music label. Would the chemistry that he and his brother brought to the stage be the same? Honestly, it was like they had never left. Performing hits such as “Grindin”, “Back by Popular Demand”, and one of their newer songs “I’m Good,” the crowd was well reminded of the talent of these VA natives. (Look out for new Pusha T and Clipse material in 2011).

Ricky Rozay himself closed the show out performing some of his hits like “BMF” (twice!), my personal favorite “I’m MC Hammer”, “Hustlin,” and out of nowhere, “Window Seat” dropped and ERYKAH BADU walked on stage!!!! After joining Ross on stage, Badu just hung out on stage while he finished his show. She greeted fans, took pictures, and hung out.


Heineken Inspire DC was a huge success. Special thanks to Team Epiphany for granting The Fab Empire all access to this event.

Credits: Courtesy/Techie