Top 10 Shows of 2010


J. Cole @ SOBs. Photo Credit: Ernest Estime (

1. J. Cole w/ Surprise Guests Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek & Young Chris
(March 30th)

2. Fat Joe w/ Surprise Guests Joell, Redman, Buck shot, Juru the Damaja, MOP, DJ Premier, Mic Geronimo & Diamond D
(July 27th)

3. Nneka
(February 2nd)

4. Bun B w/ Surprise Guests Lupe Fiasco, Big Daddy Kane, Wale, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Termonology & Slim Thug
(June 2nd)

5. Eric Roberson
(July 29th)

6. El Debarge w/ Surprise Guest Chico DeBarge
(October 6th)

7. Marsha Ambrosius & Teedra Moses
(November 18th)

8. Joe Budden
(August 10th)

9. Ryan Leslie w/ Surprise Guests Lloyd Banks & Fabolous
(Novemeber 22nd)

10. Los Amigos Invisibles
(April 29th)

There’s no denying J. Cole put on an amazing show for his fans this night. We won’t lie, he’s a staff favorite and we had been trying to get him to our stage for almost a year. But during a pre-show interview, we realized we weren’t the only ones who had been waiting for the show to happen [J.Cole Speaks On Sold Out SOBs]. Cole was at the legendary Kanye SOBs show back in 2002 and had been dreaming of making history here ever since. He did not disappoint: he tore through his mixtape material in front of a packed house and brought out special guest Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek & Young Chris. Oh yeah, he also premiered ‘Who Dat‘. Even the NY Times checked out the show. See Pics here & here.

Fat Joe & Joell Ortiz (channelling Big Pun). Photo Credit: Mel D. Cole,

2. Fat Joe w/ Surprise Guests Joell, Redman, Buck shot, Juru the Damaja, MOP, DJ Premier, Mic Geronimo, Diamond D (July 27th)

A Fat Joe comeback show would have been reason enough to make this list, but this original DITC member made it a show we’d never forget with his who’s who of hip hop legends for guests. Early in the show Fat Joe told the crowd that if they were at SOBs to hear his mainstream hits like ‘Lean Back’ & ‘What’s Luv’ that they should find the door. He then performed his ‘underground’ cuts and transformed SOBs into a 1990s Rap Concert. The highlight had to be when Joey & Joell Ortiz ripped through ‘Twinz Deep Cover’ with Joell spitting Big Pun’s part. Lyrical onslaught. Pics of the madness at

Nneka @ SOBs. Photo Credit: MLLT

3. Nneka (February 2nd)

Nneka hit SOBs at the height of her buzz & Miss Egbuna proved said buzz was well deserved. Her incredible voice kept the audience entranced throughout the evening for what was easily  the most emotionally intense show of the year. Earlier that day she had taped a musical performance for The Late Show w/ David Letterman (it served as her Network Television debut) and there was no doubt she was ready for Primetime. Oh yeah, the NY Times came too. Pics here.

Bun B w/ Lupe. Photo Credit: Ernest Estime

4. Bun B w/ Surprise Guests Lupe Fiasco, Big Daddy Kane, Wale, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Termonology & Slim Thug (June 2nd)

One of hip-hop’s most beloved figures brought together one of the most original lineups in SOBs history. Even the usually stoic NY hip hop crowd lost their collective minds. We’d bet all our Christmas gifts that even the most hard-core fan was singing along to ‘International Players Anthem’. Of course there was video footage caught, word to Check out Mel D. Cole’s pics too.


Erro @ SOBs. Photo Credit: Human Photography

5. Eric Roberson (July 29th)

It’s just not SOBs without Erro. Hell, SOBs even makes a guest appearance in his ‘Still’ music video. There wasn’t a soul in attendance that wasn’t convinced he was more than worthy of his Grammy nomination. The Pace Report had the scoop.


El Debarge still has it. Photo Credit: Brian Harkin for NY Times

6. El Debarge w/ Surprise Guest Chico DeBarge  (October 6th)

This show was wild. It was the most intense fan reaction we have ever seen at SOBs. El’s Ebony cover that month was just a taste for many of the ladies in the audience who had been waiting to see him live for over 15 years. Trust us, that’s a lot of pent-up…energy. The NY Times caught the moment.

Marsha & Teedra Backstage @ SOBs.

7. Marsha Ambrosius & Teedra Moses (November 18th)

This vocal powerhouse combo sold out in a matter of days…and the fans were not disappointed. The ladies put on a show for the ages, talk about girls who rock. Check the review here.

Joe Budden @ SOBs. Photo Courtesy of Good Fella Media

8. Joe Budden (Aug 10th)

There is no more dedicated fan than the internet soldiers that comprise Joey’s fans (see what we said about them earlier this year). If you haven’t been to a Joe Budden show, possibly because they sell out so quickly, then remedy this indiscretion immediately [Click Here]. Now you have your New Year’s Resolution. You’re welcome. XXL review & GoodFella account.

Ryan Leslie @ SOBs. Photo: Ernest Estime

9. Ryan Leslie w/ Surprise Guests Lloyd Banks & Fabolous  (November 22nd)

The ladies were more than happy with R.Les on stage, but when he was joined by Fabolous, the place erupted into absolute pandemonium. When Lloyd Banks joined them on stage for ‘Beamer, Benz or Bentley’, ‘Start It Up’ & a few more of his hits, the crowd was so loud it was hard to hear the verses. Add to that a proposal using Diamond Girl (she said yes) and well…a show like that is hard to top. Videos HERE.

Los Amigos Invisibles

10. Los Amigos Invisibles (April 29th)

Los Amigos were playing the second of two sold out dates at SOBs and they seemed like they had something to prove. They did – they are a force to be reckoned with no matter what language they’re singing (for the uninitiated, check in “In Luv with U”). We love this video. And some pics.

Any review of our 2010 at SOBs would be incomplete without these shows, and so…

Honorable Mentions:

Bambeleo (October 9th)

This Cuban Salsa band put on a spectacular show and their female lead singer Tania is still haunting our dreams.

Sweet Mickey (April 2nd)

The President (and possible President) put on a show for the ages this Friday night. Who knows when the next time he’ll be back on stage without a suit.

Francis & The Lights (August 12th)

Francis and his Lights is one of our staff favorites. Incredible performer.

B.o.B w/ opener Charles Hamilton (April 12th)

Five time Grammy nominee B.o.B rocked the crowd the same week that his ubiquitous single ‘Nothin On You’ hit #1 on the Billboard charts. Need we say more?

Did we miss any? Let us know…


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