We had the pleasure of being invited to cover the Dave East set this past Saturday at Medusa Restaurant & Lounge. My affiliate got there and was pleasantly surprised at how big the spot is. We've been there before for Ray Jr's release party but it was upstairs so when we both stepped in, we were not only surprised by the space but also the stage area. Most stage areas are small but this one is big enough to do your thing on, with space enough for the DJ to be seen as well as a VIP area located on each side of the stage.
Of course, doors opened up at 10 but just like most folks, they don't step into the spot until about 2 hours later. They have plenty of VIP booths, the beautiful Medusa ladies were sporting gold leotards with or without fishnets and DJ Jovzilla did his thing warming up the crowd before DJ Meel stepped in to start his set.
At around 12:00 a.m. is when the crowd started pouring in. Medusa girls doing their thing bringing out those exclusive bottles of Moet, Patron or Bellaire with the sparklers and a girl dancing in an enclosed, see-through platform in the back of the room. Doe Boy was having his official release party for In Free Bandz We Trust 2 upstairs on the balcony and had the section GOING. DJ Wavy, Dave East's official DJ hit the stage and was getting everybody hype the only way a NYC DJ could. Finally Dave East grabbed the mic and started spitting, performing some hits from his latest EP Paranoia: A True Story. He of course performed Paranoia ft. Jeezy, Perfect ft. Chris Brown (while singing along to Chris' parts), My Dirty Little Secret (dedicated to the ladies), Found A Way and Phone Jumpin ft. Wiz Khalifa. He got off of the mic but not before letting Cleveland know how good of a time he had. Of course, you had DJ Steph Floss in the house, J.R. Smith was there also. VIP was going, the hookah's were out, the drinks were flowing and the restaurant was cooking up what looked like some good ass wings (I'm vegetarian, so I didn't indulge) but people was killin' em'.lol
All in all, we had a dope time in an environment that I actually felt safe in. There was plenty of security and off duty police officers walking around to make sure bullshit didn't pop off. It's about time Cleveland got a premiere venue to compete with the likes of Atlanta, NYC, Miami or Las Vegas plus it's #blackowned.
Check out the recap video below from my affiliate, Ajay.
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