What/Why: Performing a rap song
When: November 25th, Saturday, 10:00 PM
Where: Chit Chat Lounge. 2920 Ember Dr Decatur, GA 30034
Who: DJ Young Craig
How Much: $0 for one song, unknown for more songs
This isn’t necessarily a critique but I wanted to give you all perspective in the event you decide to perform here. I am going to give you the story as briefly as possible, literally verbatim what happened. This is part one of a two part series, I will likely perform here again within a month to conclude the blog post.
I’m very familiar with DJ Young Craig (i’ve known him for 8+ years). He invited me to perform at the Chit Chat lounge, as he’s one of the DJ’s. I was told to show up at 10:00 PM and I showed up at 9:45 PM. There really wasn’t anyone there when I showed up, but slowly but surely people began to show. Around 10:45 PM, I made my way into the venue. I was probably the 6th act to enter the building after a pat down from the security officer (it was a thorough pat down). Upon entering, there was a list for the performing acts to put their name on. At the time, there were 30 slots and only around 6 had been filled in. I put my name on the 15th slot.
I was asked by the young woman at the front whether or not I had a sponsor (more on this later). I told her I did not, but that I was very familiar with DJ Young Craig (whom wasn’t there at the time by the way). I entered the actual lounge area, and lounged around for 2.5 hours waiting to perform, only performances hadn’t begun yet. In the meantime, half naked dancers made their way in, the DJ’s played the latest club music and people ate food and were drinking liquor. The host began to make himself known to the entire club.
Performances began around 12:45 AM. We were all called up to the DJ booth and asked to give the DJ’s our songs to perform. By the time all the people had arrived, the host was carrying around the list that seemingly looked to have quadrupled. I’m convinced that there were at least 60 acts and more than a quarter of them performed more than one record. Despite being number 15 on the list, I did not perform until 3:45 AM, and I likely would not have performed at all if I didn’t have my DJ force me in. During the 3 hours I was waiting, I noticed the host was running around talking to different rappers whom were expressing frustrations (i’m guessing with how long they were waiting to hit the stage). The host would take the microphone and address the crowd saying that the rappers were being called in order of sign up (I honestly don’t believe that to be true).
The host never once called my name, and judging by the number of acts in the entire crowd, most of the acts didn’t have their name called. It was clear that those whom had either paid for extra performance time, or tipped the host, got priority to perform first in that order and it was dog eat dog after that. I left the lounge around 4:15 AM. The bartenders and the “servers(?)” were pleasant to deal with. There wasn’t any violence but there were one or two verbal altercations between the host and a couple rappers. The place was filled with smoke (i had a cold that night, ugh). The DJ’s were excellent and they set the right kind of music for the night.
Part Two will come when I return to perform within a month of now.