Hundreds assembled at the BIDC car park on the Princess Alice Highway Saturday night to party till the break of dawn and celebrate with Mr Crop Over – Lil Rick.
The Flow’s Dis Is Rick True Story had plenty of local talent on stage with over 30 acts performing. There was even a top-notch performance by top St Vincent entertainer Skinny Fabulous, but it was clear the night belonged to the Stag Jam Tune winner who was fresh off of his Foreday Mornin’ victory.
That win was added to the International Bashment Soca and Sweet Soca titles he had won earlier in the season. By Monday night after the Grand Kadooment Day revelry, he’d won Tune of the Crop with Mudda Sally. So there was much cause for jubilation.
Lil Rick rolled back the hands of time and came right back to 2018 as he sang and performed the night away. He took the sweating feters on a nostalgic musical trip – from his early hits Hard Wine and Hypa Dawg to more recent hits like Ben It, True Story and Mudda Sally.
Surrounded by well-choreographed and nicely outfitted dancers, the six-time Party Monarch took full control of the fete. The crowd enjoyed every minute of it; it was obvious they had come for their fill of the entertainer.
In true Lil Rick form, he introduced a Call Fuh Wuh Wunna Want session where he allowed the crowd in general to shout the song they wanted him to sing if he hadn’t sung it already. In between, he spoke candidly about his family, his entertainment journey and life in general.
During his energetic and entertaining set, Rick performed with his “dynasty” featuring children Renee (Unda Dawg), Rickara and Rinicko, all dressed in variations of black and white. Renee and Rinicko mimicked their father’s moves during their performances with their jucks, stabs and wukkups.
The show was divided into three sections. The Diamonds featured Nikita, Faith, Shanta, and Imani. The Bashment Soca Army included Stiffy, Scrilla, Lady Essence, Jagwa, Dirty Versee & Joe Cloudy, D2, Stabby, Rhea and Boatman. The Soca Avengers session was led by the singer of the song Soca Avengers Skinny Fabulous, Party Monarch Mikey, Hypasounds, Peter Ram, King Bubba FM, Leadpipe & Saddis, Mistah Dale, Marzville, IWeb, Statement, Joaquin, JusD, Sanctuary, Kirk Brown and Rameses.
It was a lengthy show. One complaint from a few irate patrons was the positioning of the VIP Hypa Zone which was at the back. They were not pleased they had paid more than a general ticket but yet did not have a good view of the stage. They also voiced displeasure with the fact that service at the bar was “extremely slow” the entire night. Some left in frustration before the show had ended. (IMC)