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Last night I had the opportunity to check out Heineken’s Red Star Access Roc Nation Showcase in Houston, Texas. The featured artists were Melanie Fiona and Wale, plus the night’s house DJ, D-Nice. The event was supposedly hosted by model Tahiry, but… I never saw her. The Heineken was free, so green bottles were in abundance, and a good time was had all around.

First up on stage was Melanie Fiona. The Canadian song bird opened her set with the song that thrust her into the spotlight “Give It To Me Right”, and followed it with a number of songs from her debut album The Bridge and her forthcoming project The MF Life. She made a point to tell us that we were experiencing “the muthaf***n’ life.”  Yes, it got that real. The highlight for me, was experiencing her first live performance of 4 A.M. a new single produced by Rico Love. Watch a clip below.

Per usual, Melanie gave a great performance…and looked amazing while doing so.

Wale came up about 20 minutes after Melanie’s exit…and for some reason I felt like he fell a little flat. He opened with “600 Benz”, and ran through several cuts from his debut album, and his most recent mixtape The 11. 1. 11 Theory, specifically “Chain Music”. It was cool, but his energy seemed low, and at a couple of points he was more interested in what was going on on his Blackberry than what he was supposed to be doing on stage. Maybe he was having an off day…but…it just wasn’t the best show I’ve seen him perform. At any rate, you can check out his performance of his hit “Pretty Girls” below.