Before he went away to prison for five years, Baton Rouge rap hero Boosie Badazz was an absolute road dog, the type of artist who hits every club in every tiny Southern and Midwestern town that can afford to pay him. And since his release last year, he’s hit that circuit all over again. But Boosie had never played a New York show before last night; he’d decided that his audience was out in the provinces and that he was good just serving that audience. So Boosie’s live New York debut last night should’ve been a big deal; he was set to play Webster Hall’s Marlin Room on the same night he released his new album Touch Down 2 Cause Hell, our reigning Album Of The Week. Well, he made it to the stage, but other than that, nothing went right. His performance ended after 90 seconds with a spray of vomit.
Before Boosie’s set started, his tour DJ told the audience that he had been hospitalized earlier in the day for unspecified reasons. Boosie has long suffered from diabetes, and he’s also recently sober; it sure seems like he was in to place to be performing. Complex’s Justin Charity reports: “From where I was standing in the crowd at Webster Hall, Boosie looked old and overworked, though dutifully excited… Boosie waved and made eye contact across the nearest rows of attendees. I was standing just a couple yards away and quickly noticed, however, that Boosie’s eyes had gone glassy and nausea or some other agony had struck him; you could tell just by reading his face. He was winded.” Before the first song was over, Boosie threw up at his DJ’s feet and fled the stage. The DJ kept playing music for a while, and the crowd kept dancing, but the show was over. No ambulance showed up to Webster Hall last night, so hopefully Boosie’s OK.
Here’s a quick video from the show:
That was practically the whole thing! Boosie is a hell of a live performer in the right circumstances, and hopefully, New York will get a chance to see that sooner or later.