Back in 2000 when I was working with SOHH.com, we were diving head first into more video content. Thanks to my hip-hop journalism credentials I was able to earn while writing for the site, I was able to get backstage passes at the Denver stop of the Spitkicker Tour that featured De La Soul, Common, Pharoahe Monch, and Reflection Eternal. I wanted to do a feature on Reflection Eternal, who was about to drop their debut album Train of Thought, so I was able to confirm an interview with the group, get the passes for my crew, and we rolled.
The problem was, I don’t think management told Kweli I wanted to talk to him because he bounced right after his set. I was bummed but I was able to get Hi-Tek which, was cool, but it wasn’t enough, ya know? So as we were freely roaming around backstage, all the artists on the bill were just kicking it, so I just decided to start asking them questions about Reflection Eternal. As you can see I talked to Posdnous and Trugoy of De La Soul, Pharoahe Monch, and Common. Common, specifically, who we caught going on his tour bus, didn’t want to talk to us at first but after we let him know the piece was about Reflection Eternal, he opened up.
The end of this night was spectacular because the show ended with Pharoahe doing “Simon Says” and everybody that was backstage, including me and my crew, jumped on stage and went nuts! It was incredible. Anyway, this is my favorite kind of journalism to do and I hope I can do more of it in the future. Check out the Reflection Eternal video feature below: