Friday Night: Diddy Dirty Money Holds Court for Three Hours, Brings Out Lil B at the Warfield

Diddy Dirty Money Tour

May 6, 2011

The Warfield

Better than: Not getting to study the science of weave-ology on a Friday night.

“I thought I told you that we won't stop!”

Friday night at the Warfield, Sean “Diddy” Combs, the artist formerly (and in our hearts still) known as Puff Daddy, took his familiar refrain to heart, issuing a more than three-hour concert that pranced at turns — and featured a cameo from local polarizing rapper Lil B — then dragged on until fans ultimately started trickling out of the building.

We appreciate that the choice to have three opening acts (local J. Valentine, Young Money rapper Tyga, and R&B star Lloyd) was an attempt to try to make people feel they got their money's worth. But Lloyd (who has been groomed for stardom since he was a little kid) was the only one who really brought a polished performance, including a more than respectable rendition of Michael Jackson's “Rock with You.” The DJs for these three acts appeared to share their song collections, though; all managed to play the same four or five songs (including Too $hort's “Blow the Whistle,” a nod to being in the Bay Area) after their act had done snippets and medleys from their handful of familiar tunes.

The opening sets were all taking so long that we started to wonder whether Puffy was still in, say, St. Barts or something, floating his way to S.F. on a yacht.

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