Concert Review: Murder Inc is in the house

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Ashanti and Ja Rule performing at the Logan Campbell Centre in Auckland. Photo: Shanan Watene
Ashanti and Ja Rule performing at the Logan Campbell Centre in Auckland. Photo: Shanan Watene

Murder Inc. artists Ja Rule and Ashanti blew the roof off a full house at the Logan Campbell Centre in Auckland last night.

Their first visit to this side of the world included stops in Sydney, Melbourne and Wellington with their final destination in Auckland.

Ashanti and Ja Rule performing at the Logan Campbell Centre in Auckland. Photo: Shanan Watene
Ashanti and Ja Rule performing at the Logan Campbell Centre in Auckland. Photo: Shanan Watene

Auckland-based hip hop group PHD set the tone for the evening. Their raw energy and heavy bass drops had all the five foot something females in the venue bobbing their heads.

Hype man and DJ Huntah from the windy city got the crowd’s attention by playing their current hot tracks and getting people to sing many slow jams.

In true Hip Hop fashion, meaning 15 minutes late, the stunning and gorgeous Ashanti strutted on stage in pure style. Wearing a gold and black body suit that accentuated her curves along with knee-high black boots made her presence known.

Dressed in grey track pants and a tee with past rappers on the front, Ja Rule stormed the stage with his smash hit Holla and the crowd were amped.

Ja Rule’s dedication to friend Paul Walker and Tupac was emotional and heartfelt. Both artists were able to change sets quickly and deliver their smash hits to the eager crowd.

The final stages of the show included Ja Rule and Ashanti performing their award-winning hits such as, Always on Time, Down for You and Foolish.

Being able to hear any song that you like live is so momentous.

I have always loved Ashanti’s music as it was these times where I was going through a somewhat challenging and intense relationship. Her music spoke to me in times of need and kept me stronger when I felt like breaking down. To see her live was a memory that will never be forgotten.

Murder INC delivered an outstanding and memorable show and made me remember why I love going to live gigs.