Rick Ross and Raekwon at Sneaker Pimps, October 23

As we wrap up 2010, Crossfade looks back at the best live performances of the year. View the full list of Miami's Best Concerts of 2010.

Rick Ross and Raekwon

October 23, 2010

Sneaker Pimps at Mekka

Late one night, we were killing time with a couple of friends named Olde English and Maryjane. Soon, conversation turned to crazy rap double-bills that we'd probably never see, e.g. Rick Ross and Raekwon.

Well, we were half-drunk, high, and wrong 'cause Sneaker Pimps made it happen. We went. We saw. We shit our pants.

What we said:

Like a hibernating behemoth, the Boss (maybe stoned, maybe sleepy) owned the scene without ever really opening his eyes. And even though the stage was totally swamped with bodies, Rozay and his perfectly cut beard were the undeniable focal point. He stalked around in the shadows, stepped into the strobing spotlight, and strode up and down Mekka's double runways.

At a steady clip, Ross ... popped off a pair of Teflon Don tracks, "MC Hammer" and "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)," in about five minutes while DJ Sam Sneak provided backup. They rolled fast, deep, hard. And if there was any doubt at all that the Carol City Kingpin was the night's true headliner (all deference to Raekwon), you only had to turn your head. The whole place was pogo-ing, throwing hands, and wilding out.

Read Crossfade's full review of Rick Ross and Raekwon at Sneaker Pimps and see the 25-photo slideshow.

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