We all remember our first celebrity crush. Mine was Omarion (Lil Romeo was closely second in line). I had first known about him while watching B2K’s music videos with my older sister, who I always thank for blessing me with great taste in music. And thanks to her, their debut was my first physical album purchase.
Being that I’m a late 90s baby, I wasn’t old enough at the time to fully connect with B2K’s lyrics. But, my ears knew Omarion’s tone and vocal cadence were irresistible. And, watching their moves to “Uh Huh” and the dance break in “Gots Ta Be” never failed to make my eyes light up. Plus their fits? Iconic.
While growing up and continuing to listen to throwbacks, I would always be sad about how now that I’m at the proper age that I wished I could have experienced them live. The 90s and 00s were the prime-time eras for boy bands including my favorites such as B2K, *NSYNC, Jodeci, etc and I had unfortunately missed the mark by not being born soon enough. So, when the announcement for The Millennium Tour dropped, my natural reaction was to go crazy, go stupid.
Here’s how my concert experience went down at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA.
The concert was scheduled to start at 7 p.m and to my surprise it started right on the dot and not CPT (Colored People Time). Chingy started the concert off and his energy was on 100 his entire set. Of course everyone including myself went crazy when he performed “Right Thurr”. I had to hit the chicken head for the culture.
In all honesty, Bobby V had top 3 best vocals of the night! He performed his hits “Slow Down”, “Tell Me” and “Anonymous” as I expected, but he unexpectedly transported me back to 2009 when he performed his underrated bop “Beep”. He also brought out Philly’s own, rapper Freeway.
Lloyd took us down memory lane from “Southside” to “You” to “Tru”. The only complaint I have is that he didn’t sing the yodel at the end of “Lay It Down”.
Ying Yang Twins
This is the moment I regretted wearing a fitted leather skirt because the concert turned into the club! Black people of different ages in jerseys and bandanas dancing to “Ms.New Booty”, “Say i Yi Yi” and the classic anthem “Get Low” was a memory I’ll never forget. It felt like one big throwback party.
Pretty Ricky are still nasty and I enjoyed every minute of it. From the choreography to the fits, the four of them put on a show especially Spectacular with his theatrics of coming out in a towel during “On The Hotline”. Pleasure P also gave us his hits of “Beat It Up (Remix)“, “Boyfriend #2” and “Did You Wrong”.
Can you believe “Just A Friend (2002)” came out almost two decades ago?
Mario had one of, if not, the best set of the night. While singing my heart out to his back-to-back bangers, it reminded me just how underrated of an artist that he is. Give Mario his things!
Of course the main event had to have a grand entrance. The big screen showed their journey of the rise, the fall and now their return. That’s when it really hit me that I was about to watch them perform after years and years of hoping and waiting. All you could hear was the crowd screaming for a good three minutes until they finally got on the stage and Omarion hit us with, “I got everything I want in my life except a girlfriend”.
Although there were definitely moment of lip syncing, I thought B2K gave their fans what they wanted. The energy, coordination and song selection were all precise. The concert was four hours so I could tell people in the crowd were tired by their set, but I personally didn’t wait this long to be sitting down! One of my favorite parts of the concert was getting taken back to You Got Served . I heard Timbaland and Magoo’s “Drop” and was hit with the krumping spirit.
Omarion also had his solo set which was so fun with “Touch”, “O”, “Ice Box” and more of his newer hits like “Post To Be”.
Overall, the concert was well worth the wait! I’m happy for everyone in the lineup getting the shine they deserve and I hope that throwback concerts can seriously be the new trend.