April 7, 2009

Hip Hop Show Etiquette

In no particular order...

1. Put The iPhone/Blackberry Away!
I know this is a hard one, but really people it’s just rude. Not only is this rude at Hip Hop shows, but it’s rude at any event that requires you to pay attention to a performer/speaker/etc. If your head is buried in your phone than there’s no way you’re actually paying attention to the show. I’m sure your Tweet, text, or e-mail can wait.

2. STFU!!!

Not only is constant, loud chatting annoying to the people around you but it’s also extra disrespectful to the person performing. Motor mouths are especially noticeable at smaller, more intimate venues. I’ve even seen a few of them called out mid-performance so spare yourself the embarassment.

3. They’re Gonna Pay.
This one goes out to all the artists out there that think that since they’re performing their entire crew is entitled to get in for free. Sorry, but it doesn’t work like that folks. In order for people to have an outlet to perform at said outlet needs to get paid so that means your folks need to pay up.

4. Excuse You…

I know you’re at a Hip Hop show and all, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave the manners at home. I know people tend to get a little excited at Hip Hop shows, but I’m just saying the eighth time you bump into someone you can at least say excuse me.

5. Show Some Love.

If you’re actually feeling the person performing don’t be afraid to show a little love. Now you don’t have to break into a full blown Carlton Dance with accompanying Cabbage Patch. But it’s okay to bob your head or give a nice round of applause afterward.

If anyone has anything to add feel free to hit up the Comments section.