So I Went to Rihanna’s Chicago Concert
So last night, I went to Rihanna‘s concert at the United Center with my girl Patrice (aka Afrobella). We got hooked up with some VIP tickets so we got dressed up, funky fresh, dressed to impress, ready to party.
The United Center was hella packed with all types of folks. White folks, Black folks, Young folks, Old Folks.
Red folks, Blue folks, Green folks, Blue folks. Straight folks, Gay folks, Tacky folks, Cute Folks. ALL TYPES! The Rihanna Navy was in full-fledge. And so was the high heels struggles.
Folks were coming to the Rihanna concert dressed to the nines. By nines, I mean CLUB GAME PROPER! People were there to get CHOSE! Women were wearing their love pockets out for all to see. Rihanna’s concert ain’t the place to get a boo if you’re a straight woman, seeing as how there were very few straight men in the building. But I guess this is concert wear. I haven’t been to a concert in so long so I kinda forgot how folks be making sure they wear as little clothes as possible. I don’t enjoy concerts much as the average human. I prefer my music at levels that won’t blow out my eardrums. And I don’t like to stand in one place for hours, with my view obstructed because folks won’t sat the hell down. AND pay $100+ for these annoyances? No thanks. Me and my iPod will kicks it HARD! Although I will make some exceptions.
But this was not that, and it was with an artist I actually know most of her songs? AND I got to sit. WINNNN!!!
Also, the high heel struggle was SO REAL! People were wearing heels that they had no business being in or walking in. Many people were limping into the arena before the concert even started. Ma’ams… PUT ON SHOES YOU CAN WALK IN!!! OR bring flats you can change into (like I did). Rihanna ain’t gon see your feet so why the suffering? AND whatever look you were going for is irrelevant once you do the “My feet are hurting so bad” stutter step. Chile…
Anyway, so we got some food (that was overpriced, of course). One soda cost $6.50. MUTHAFUCKA FOR WHAT??? Does it suck itself through the straw and sing on your tastebuds??? NAWL. *hangs head* But we bought em though since we were quite parched. *shakes fists at smart ass capitalism* We had no other choice.
By the time we made it into the arena itself, after eating and people watching, we had missed the opening acts (J. Cole and B.o.B.). Our seats were in the VIP risers, which were like cushioned loveseats, so we were pleased.
15 or so minutes after we settled in, the lights went off in the arena and the stage lights came on. The place ERUPTED into cheers!
It was RIHANNA TIME!!!
Ri-Ri came on the stage after a decent intro. Her stage setup was DOPE!!!
She came out to “Only Girl in the World.” Her outfit was a blue shiny short trench with hot pink heels, with her red curly wig, which I’m getting used to. By the 2nd song (“Disturbia“) the trench was off. I was rocking.
And yes, she did sound good. Rihanna’s gotten some vocal training, y’all. No doubt about it. She sang live and it was pretty good. But all I kept thinking “Dang. When did Rihanna get thick like this?” Y’all know I’m shallow. Once the trench came off and I saw #ThemThighs. Ri-Ri is thicker than a snicka. I ain’t gon LAH!
#Ennehweighs, then she did a coupla more songs, which included “Man Down.” THIS is where I acted a fool. THAT IS MY SONG!!! The moment I heard it a coupla weeks back, I loved everything bout it. It’s been on repeat on my iPod so when she was singing it live, I stood up and did a reggae two-step. YESSSSSSS!!!
She changed and then did a cover of Prince’s “Darling Nikki.” This is where she started getting sexy ratchet. The stage had 2 stripper poles on it and Rihanna had on a suit. By the end of the song, she was in a white onesie and gave a female fan a lapdance. The crowd went NUTS.
Then, Patrice looks over to me and goes “Umm… I think you’re sitting next to B.o.B.”
Me: *looks over to my left and sees the dude in an Adidas hoodie sitting next to me* *turns to Patrice* Oh. Is that him? Iunno what he looks like.
Afrobella: “Yeah I’m pretty sure that’s him.”
Me: *tweets* “Soooo I’m sitting right next to B.o.B. He came and sat in the VIP Risers after his set. Do I ask him for a pic?”
All of Twitter: “YESSSS!!!”
*after 10 minutes*
Me to Afrobella: “Hmmm… I kinda wanna ask him if he’s B.o.B. for sure. But I’ll do it in between one of her sets.”
Afrobella: “Yeah you can ask him. Just wait for a good time.”
*5 minutes later* I notice he’s texting so I leaned over.
Me: “Scuse me? Are you B.o.B.?”
Him: *smiles* Yes I am. What’s your name?”
Him: *shakes my hand* “Nice to meet you.”
Me: “I was wondering if that was you so I had to ask. What’s your Twitter name?” (I’m such a lame)
Him: “@BobATL. Tweet me.”
Me: “Mkay I’m bout to tweet you.”
So he checked his tweets and saw mine, then he RTed it.
Aawwww. Sure I’ll be #TeamBoB now
that I know what he looks like and think he’s cute.
Nice dude with a great smile. Anyway, back to Rihanna. So she continues the concert with some more of her hits (S & M, Hard, Hate That I Love You). THENNN she got off the stage and started coming through the crowd. And THEN she headed towards the Risers! A stage appeared outta nowhere RIGHT in front of us with drums and Rihanna got on it. She performed RIGHT IN FRONT OF US, beating those drums like she was mini Sheila E. She wasn’t e’em bad at it. But I might have been distracted by the fact that she was just like 10 feet away.
Pretty darn cool, if I might say. I coulda reached out an touched the hem of her boots. Chile…
She got back on the huge stage and sang more of her hits. To be quite honest, I had NO idea how many hits Rihanna had, until I realized that I knew almost EVERY song, and each one was just as big as the next. As a non-Rihanna stan, I am hella impressed. I’m not a Rihanna hater by any means because I do love a lot of her songs. They’re hella catchy. But even I’m like “this child has had HELLA hits!” Rude Boy, Please Don’t Stop the Music, Take a Bow…
Well DAMB, Ri-ri. Do your thing! I ain’t mad atchu at all.
Then B.o.B. was leaving and I finally decided to ask him for a pic, and he graciously said “yes.”
Rest of the concert was good. I did do a coupla hip twurks to “What’s my name?” I LOVE when I see Rihanna perform that on award shows because it is the one time I’m usually impressed by her dancing. That Barbados is deep in them hips. GET EM!
After performing for almost 2 hours, Rihanna ended the concert with “Love the Way You Lie” and “Umbrella.”
Overall, I had a dope time. I am even more of a Rihanna fan than I was before because she just makes you LIKE her. She may not be the best singer or dancer but she shows you a good time. Plus you realize that her songs are ear viruses. They get stuck in your head whether you like em or not. I happen to like a bunch of hers so I’m not too mad.
Decent way to spend a night! I’m VERY thankful for the opportunity. Thanks for taking me, Patrice!
Anyone planning on going to one of her concerts on the Loud Tour?
P.P.S. To view more pics I took at the Rihanna concert, check out my Facebook page.