DETROIT -- Nineties nostalgia lured the crowd to the hip-hop Return Of The Legends concert Friday, Sept. 3, at the Chene Park Amphitheater.
Lil Kim ran onstage at full intensity to perform a super-short 43 minute, 10-song headline set after arriving at 11:12 p.m. The Queen Bee dove right into 1997’s hit single “It’s All About The Benjamins” to get the crowd off its feet. Sporting waist-length blonde hair and a skintight black jumpsuit, Kim showed off her hip-hop skills by rapping verses originally by Puff Daddy and the late Notorious B.I.G. without a glitch, as die-hard fans joined rapped every lyric along with her.
The performance was accompanied by scores of pictures on a jumbo video screen, showing Kim throughout the years and sporting her signature crown.
Kim then lead straight into “Money, Power, Respect,” graciously accepting long-stem red roses from a fan and pausing mid lyric to acknowledge the gift. “Thank you, I love you too. I swear I do,” she said while setting the roses on a table behind her.
Medicore dance moves accompanied rushed renditions of “Magic Stick,” “Get Money” and “Big Momma Thang,” but Kim did take time to thank the Chene crowd for its support despite the time crunch. “Detroit been holding me down for nearly 20 years and I appreciate that,” she said. “I’m in the lab right now working on something for y’all. I don’t have much time tonight but I got a few more for you,” she said.
“Shake Ya Bum” got the crowd out of its seats again, but 1996’s “Crush On You” surpassed it from the first beat, with fans screaming and cheering so loudly so that Kim directed her DJ to restart the song. The show ended with Kim’s performance of “Lighters Up,” as fans held up cell phones to project light toward the stage and illuminate Kim as she exited.