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TWC’s “Behind the Music” moment with 2 Live Crew

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With today’s passing of 2 Live Crew‘s Fresh Kid Ice, I was reminded of the hysterical and awkward moment he and I had when Too White Crew and 2 Live Crew shared the stage one night a few years ago and now’s as good as time as any to put it out there.

The year is 2011, and Too White Crew was performing at an after party for an, umm, “adult entertainment expo” in Chicago and it just so happens 2 Live Crew was also performing earlier in the night at that same convention. The event organizers asked if we could perform with Me So Horny with them on our stage – a sort of “Too White Crew meets 2 Live Crew” for the first time. We were all about it. The only problem is…somewhat embarrassingly, we had never actually covered Me So Horny before so we had to learn the song first.

Not a big deal, considering that it’s musically very simple. And I remember the song well but never committed the lyrics to memory. But I didn’t need to learn the lyrics because we were only asked to have our band back 2 Live Crew while they bum rush our stage and rap the song. So we learned it and headed to the gig.

We thought we’d have some time to meet them before we started and sort of go through how it would all go down but for whatever reason, they didn’t get to the side of the stage until we had already started our set. So when we got to Me So Horny in the set list, I called them up to the stage without actually having talked to them about how we were going to do the song. But then something weird happened. Only Fresh Kid Ice came onto the stage. I don’t know if Luke or Brother Marquis were even there. All I know is that we had 1 Live Crew on stage, a packed house and everyone seemed to have their phones out ready to record. And that’s when shit got funny.

Fresh Kid Ice looked at me and said, “Go ahead and take the first verse”. Problem is, I didn’t know it. So I said to him, “Nah man, go ahead, this is all you.” He said back to me, “No really, you do it.” And I pretty much said the same thing back – um, because, like, I had no other option. I didn’t know the verse. All this time mind you, the band had already started the song, so they were basically playing the same measure of music over and over again during the time in which the verse was supposed to be happening, while Kid and I are circle jerking around this issue of who’s gonna rap the verse.

I finally had to lean in and admit, “Man, I’m sorry, we’ve never actually covered Me So Horny.” He pulled back, looked at me and said, “Wait, you mean you’re Too White Crew and you don’t know the lyrics to 2 Live Crew?” And I looked back at him and said, “Wait, you mean you’re 2 Live Crew and you don’t know the lyrics to 2 Live Crew?”

We both started laughing and he went on to sing the second verse. I can’t even remember how we finished the song but I’ll never forget that exchange, which dragged on all the way through what was supposed to be the first verse. It was a hot mess for sure.

I later realized that Brother Marquis was the one who always sang the first verse – not Fresh Kid Ice – so it was my bad. But in my defense if I’d have known I supposed to step in as “The Other Live Crew” for that song, I’d have learned the lyrics.

A couple days later, apparently TMZ had caught wind of “2 Live Crew forgetting their lyrics on stage” and reached out to me to see if I had any footage. I wasn’t about to put either of us on TMZ even though “any press is good press” as they say, so I didn’t cough it up.

It seems a lot funnier now than it did then, so whoomp, there it is. That’s what went down back in 2011 when TWC and 2LC met for the first time.

PS, on a side note, Ron Jeremy was there and this is what he had to say about Too White Crew.

This week in TWC…

Drink like nobody’s watching.
Dance like it’s not gonna be posted.
Live like bail will be set low.
Love like you didn’t just meet at a Too White Crew show.

This Fri., 5/12 @ Joe’s Live in Rosemont, IL – 10:00PM
This Sat., 5/13 @ 115 Bourbon St. in Merrionette Park, IL – 10:30PM

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Our upcoming calendar boo.

Instructions:

  1. Print below image
  2. Add to refrigerator door
  3. Tell your homies
  4. Mount up

Click here for more info about each show!

2017 Feb-April

Ballin’ on a Budget?

Cherry Red Roasters is playing host to our 90’s hip hop sh*t show this Saturday, February 25th and, well, if you’re having problems rubbing two nickels together – or if you just wanna have ten extra bucks to pay off your tab, we’re here for you! The first five people to invite at least a hunnit (that’s 100, yo) of their homies to our Facebook event for this show are gonna have their names at the door (read the rules first!).  No line, no cover. All ballin’. If you really wanna kick it, invite 200 and we’ll comp you and a guest.

Here are the rules…

  1. Click the FB “Like” link at the bottom of this post and “Like” Too White Crew on Facebook. Here’s the link.
  2. Send a message to the band’s FB page when you’re ready to invite your friends, but don’t invite your friends till you get a reply from the band! Be patient. Sometimes we pass out and stuff.
  3. Invite at least 100 people.  And don’t invite people who suck. We’ve all got FB friends who think smiling is a chore. Leave them out of this. Invite the story makers – the ones who fall into walls – then apologize to the wall…the ones that’ll rip the shot out of your hand and pound it because you took too long. THOSE friends.
  4. Let us know you’re done inviting people. We’ll check your work and put your name on the list.
  5. Spend that money on shots.
And no, if you invite 1000, you don’t get 10 comps…but you WILL get a “Got Back?” tank at the show if you do! :
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Pro tip for bands who play at Crusens in Peoria…

Don’t book a show the night before. And definitely don’t book a show the night after. Carve out a few days to prepare (like, your will) and recover (doctor visits) hope the good lord is watching over you during your stay. Pray. See you this Saturday!

Crusens this Saturday!

NYE 2017!!!

12/29 UPDATE! $20 general admission tiks have just been added for those who don’t want a food/drink package!

NYE is one of those “Big or Stay Home” nights – where you either lay low or go for broke. Chicago’s NYE Gold Coast Toast is the “go for broke”:

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For decades, the Gold Coast bars on Division St. have been a nut house on New Year’s Eve, being home to city peeps, suburbanites and visitors from all over the globe who want to party in Chicago for NYE. Well the six big bars in that hood just formed the “NYE Gold Coast Toast” event – party packages that take this thing to the next level. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s a Saturday night this year, which means these bars are open until 5AM.

We’ll be at Mother’s – that’s right, the Mother’s you went to back in the day, when you were sweating it out while the bouncer studied your ID…the Mother’s that has been the rite of passage for those coming to the city from pretty much everywhere – for decades. That whole strip of bars on Division is cranking it up more than ever and we can’t wait to stumble around the Gold Coast until 5AM.

In the words of Spinal Tap’s musical genius, Nigel Tufnel, “This one goes to 11”.

Click here for ticket information!

Our 14th anniversary weekend!

Please help us celebrate 14 years of TWC!

THIS FRIDAY at Gippers II in Coal City, home of “hold my beer and watch this”.

THIS SATURDAY at HOME Bar in Arlington Heights, we answer the question, “You think my car will get towed if I leave it here?”

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Extra fly holiday gift – maternity tee from TWC!

Check it. Your homegirl’s gonna be a baby mama soon and you’re tryna get her that “Ohhhh snap!” holiday gift. Whoomp, here it is…

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Click on the image to order your “Ice Ice Baby” tee to get it shipped in time for the holidays. Buy other shizzle for your homies while you’re there!

Pics are up from our show with Biz Markie!

Our trip to Dallas and Austin was one for the books fo’ sho’. We shared the stage with Biz Markie at the House of Blues in Dallas and rolled out to Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin for a show during Austin City Limits. We were also reunited with our former female singer M80 (pics coming). Click on the image below if you’d like to see the pics and you can catch us at Skooters Roadhouse in Shorewood this Friday (10/14) and Crusens Farmington Road in Peoria this Saturday (10/15).

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Ballin’ on a Budget?

Joe’s Live in Rosemont is playing host to our 90’s hip hop sh*t show this Friday, August 26th and, well, if you’re having problems rubbing two nickels together – or if you just wanna shave a few bucks of your tab, we’re here for you! The first five people to invite at least fitty of their homies to Joe’s Facebook event for this show are gonna have their names at the door (read the rules first!).  No line, no cover. All ballin’. If you really wanna kick it, invite 100 and we’ll comp you and a guest.

Here are the rules…

  1. “Like” this post (scroll to the bottom) and “Like” Too White Crew on Facebook. Here’s the link.
  2. Send a message to the band’s FB page when you’re ready to invite your friends, but don’t invite your friends till you get a reply from the band! Be patient. Sometimes we pass out and stuff.
  3. Invite at least 50 people.  And don’t invite people who suck. We’ve all got FB friends who think smiling is a chore. Leave them out of this. Invite the story makers – the ones who fall into walls – then apologize to the wall…the ones that’ll rip the shot out of your hand and pound it because you took too long. THOSE friends.
  4. Let us know you’re done inviting people. We’ll check your work and put your name on the list.
  5. Spend that money on shots.
And no, if you invite 500, you don’t get 10 comps…but you WILL get a “Got Back?” tank at the show if you do! :
Get in for free