Thursday night we were fortunate enough to attend Shrine Thursdays, which starred Lil Kim. Shrine Thursdays is brought to you by @Susu44 & was sponsored by Seagram’s Gin.
It was wall to wall people present Thursday night for the event. Before it all got started, we had a moment to sit down with Susu herself & learn more about the woman bringing all of these great people to Chicago. She expressed the difficulty of doing her job not being particularly urban or a man, but she says she gets it done by “acting like a man”. Susu was born & raised in Chicago, but has just been back in the city for 4 months. In that time she has brought such people as Erykah Badu & Wale to the city, & that is just the beginning. Susu says she wants to create an amazing experience at The Shrine by not just bringing the hot name of the moment, but bringing in legends, like Missy Elliott & Eminem. To top it all off these great experiences will only be $20.
After speaking with Susu we went out to get ready for the experience ahead of us. One of the first things we noticed was the drink specials specifically for Lil Kim’s appearance. The drinks were called The Queen Bee, Junior Mafia, Crush On You, Lighters Up, & How Many Licks. The DJ was rockin the place getting everybody ready for Kim. There were a lot of familiar faces in the building. The Villa’s Makaveli was in attendance, as was Crucial Conflict, Rick Gonalaz, Don Benjamin, Shawnna, Chella H., & Kris Lofton, perhaps better known as Empire’s Kid Fo-Fo. The event was hosted by Ta’Rhonda Jones aka Porsha, Cookie’s assistant on Empire. She got the crowd warmed up by performing a few of her songs & even rapping acapella. After dancing to a couple of records she brought the main event to the stage, the Queen Bee herself.
Kim came out & got the crowd hype with her All About The Benjamins verse. She then performed Queen B*tch & her Quiet Storm verse. She brought it all to a close by performing her recent song Haters featuring Chicago rapper B. Ford.
This event was just one of many going down at The Shrine over the next month. Floetry will be there as well as SWV & on July 30th 50 Cent, who will be there with a special guest. For more information go to theshrinechicago.com. Also follow them on instagram @theshrinechi. Shout out to Susu & a special thanks to Catrice Armstrong for inviting us out.
Check out photos from the night below: