On Saturday October 7th, Music and Other Drugs had the pleasure of seeing our childhood come to life, as Craig David was set to take the stage. Growing up, we remember when Born To Do It dropped back in August 2000. This new artist came on to the scene, with his debut single, “Fill Me In” and we remember listening to it and how much it changed the game. A song starting off with its r&b slow groove then moving into a dance ready jam during the chorus, it was something new and refreshing and production wise, so different from what was playing on the radio. Craig David brought his U.K. house sound to the U.S. and we were never the same.
As the lights went low, Craig David walked on to the stage and started singing a cappella letting us know that he has arrived. As he stepped into his DJ set the first line come’s from R.Kelly’s “Bump N’ Grind”. As the crowd sang along to R.Kelly’s classic jam, out of nowhere Craig drops fan favorite “Rewind” and the crowd starts to lose it. Instant nostalgia hits our bodies as we submerge into the Craig David sound. “Rewind” is featured on our new playlist Don’t F**K With The Feng Shui. “Rewind” is one of our favorite tracks from Born To Do It, and it pulled us into Craig David’s world. Chanting along to the classic line “When the crowd so Bo Selecta”, the crowd looked like a sea of fish swaying from left to right to the bouncy track.
Craig David kept pleasing the crowd with high energy tunes and mixing the classic hit “Fill Me In” with Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name”. Craig David wasn’t shy of the classics as he went through TLC’s 1999 smash hit “No Scrubs”, Whitney Houston’s “It’s Not Right But It’s Ok” and Eve’s “Who’s That Girl?”. Part of Craig David’s TS5 show is the remixes and how he takes his own songs and spins them into a brand new sound. He sang “Walking Away” over top of Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode” beat and he mixed fan favorite “Rendezvous” with Drake’s “One Dance”. One mix that stood out to us was his mix of “Better With You” interpolated with DJ Khaled’s hit “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. It was something about the production and the clever placement of both tracks that made this a sure-fire hit, and something we wouldn’t mind having the HQ mp3 version of.
Music & Other Drugs watched in amazement as Craig belted through old and new songs while still maintaining his vocals, which sounded exactly like the record. Craig David performed his newest single “Heartline”, which he is currently filming a video for. Another highlight of the show was his rapping skills. Craig stopped the beat and just let us hear him spitting his grimy flow. The speed of his skills would have given Twista a run for his money. As the show was approaching the end, Craig still had a few surprises for us. After sharing his new track “For The Gram”, he told the crowd his new album The Time Is Now will be out very soon and that Craig David fans will be excited to hear, especially if we were fans of the Born To Do It era. You could hear fans scream in excitement to hear a new Craig David album.
Final highlights of the show included his remix of “What’s Ya Flava?”, which was mixed over Drake’s “We Made It”. Craig then sent the crowd into a frenzy when he performed “7 Days”. The crowd sang along to every word and the nostalgic tune brought back all the good memories of Craig’s essence and sound. This was one show not to miss, and we were thankful we got to experience such a high energy show filled with so many classic tunes and Craig giving his all on the stage.