They're the sort of mash-ups that make you scratch your head. The "Vampire Life Tour: We Own The Night", headlined by Jim Jones, has paired the controversial rapper and "Love and Hip Hop" reality TV star with some unlikely acts along the road so far. Rappers Maino and Trav joined Jones in New York City, along with Dice Raw of The Roots and his protegee' Young Gliss in Philadelphia, for shows that were billed as "Jim Jones and Friends" but included none of his usual Dipset suspects.
Jones' tour, which kicked off in Boston this past week and has made stops in New York and Philly, has been been marked with plenty of newsworthiness already. A fight involving Capo ensued in Boston after a fan threw a cup at him, setting off what was called a "melee" by press and police. Then in New York, fans were less than cordial to Jones, who performed nearly shut-eyed, as they showed more love to his so-called "friends" than him. None of the shows so far have produced good ticket sales, perhaps held down by the bad press Jones received after being arrested twice in the tour's opening week.
The saving grace of the "Vampire Life Tour" may be the stellar performances from the other acts Jones has shared the stage with so far, such as Nyemiah Supreme, Ninjasonik, and Maino. Another standout was Philadelphia's Young Gliss, a signee to Dice Raw's Raw Life Records and cousin to legendary Roots percussionist, Questlove. Young Gliss says he's looking forward to people getting to see him perform at South By Southwest for the first time later this month, along with the release of his upcoming The Glimmer EP, which boasts features from Killer Mike, Prodigy, and others. And, adding a special touch to the Philly show was Brian Fitzgerald, a talented Hip-Hop violinist who accompanied Dice Raw's musical and lyric-heavy set.
Check out some of AllHipHop.com's footage from the zany and eventful tour capped by the Capo:
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