In the July episode of "Live From Daryl's House" Daryl Hall welcomes rap duo Chiddy Bang and singer/actor Frank Stallone brother of actor/singer Sylvester Stallone.
When some fans heard that Chiddy Bang and Frank Stallone would be gracing Hall's upstate New York home for an afternoon of song and food some wondered if this award-winning web series had jumped the shark, run its course, seen better days, given up the ghost, and other euphemisms in that ilk.
Fans wondered about the connection of Hall with Chiddy Bang and Frank.
Hall tells his viewers that he and Frank have been friends since they were 19 years old. Well, there's the connection between Daryl and Frank but how do rap singers Chiddy Bang fit into this puzzle? Oh, they come Philadelphia where Daryl and Frank also hail from. Okay, if anything the show should be interesting.
Chiddy Bang is a rap duo made up of Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege and Noah "Xaphoon Jones" Beresin. Viewers first see them talking about how happy they are to play music with Hall and his band. They take one look at Daryl's large New York State Estate and they comment that you're able buy a home this large by "selling records to people who buy records." The two have a definite point there. Where are the days of liking only one song but having to have to buy an album just to have a copy of it? Long gone.
Something different is happening as Hall invites the rapping duo into his home; the only people viewers see are his band. Where's Hall's wife, Amanda, who shyly lowers her eyes and then races out of the room that somehow seems more like an act than anything else? Where's the step-daughter, March, who stands there playing with her hair so nicely? Where's step-son, Orson, who even when he's around no one really notices him? Where's sister Kathy with her hubby Jeremy? And there's no sign of mom Betty and dad Frank. Maybe they're hiding in the basement because they're not on camera.
Not having the family around is actually a good thing. Hall's guests always seem a bit overwhelmed walking into the house and meeting everyone. Viewers are getting a little tired of this too.
Finally to the music. The first song is "Opposite of Adults." It's a rap song.
Most of Daryl Hall's fans are in their late 40s up through their 60s. How many of them really appreciate rap music? Yeah, some do but not a whole lot. "Opposite of Adults" is a good song but really, the best part was when Daryl started waving his guitar around like he was trying to break-dance. Hall had some interesting moves in the day maybe waving the guitar is his rap dance move.
Chiddy Bang then say that the group used to have five people in it, then it went down to three people, and now there's just the two of them. The two do seem to be very polite and nice and they spoke about how they first got their big break. The sound was very low and it was hard to hear what they were saying, something about England.
Then fans hear another rap song called "Ray Charles."
The next scene has Hall's band talking with Chiddy Bang about "see you next Tuesday." This is not a song but maybe a pick up line? Apparently women in Britain are fine with being told this but American women take offense at it. Hall's band used a lot of curse words in this segment. Just what does "see you next Tuesday" mean anyway?
The third song is "Mind Your Manners." Another rap song. It kind of sounded like the previous rap songs but Hall wasn't waving his guitar around here so maybe it was different.
Food segment is next on "Live From Daryl's House." Chef Vito is making Summer Meatballs. The original recipe is Frank Stallone's but Vito tweaked it a little to make it healthy. Vito also added his "healthy sauce" which is a balance of fat, proteins, and carbs. Raisins are mixed into the meat. That kind of stood out.
For the next song Hall, his band, Chiddy Bang, and Frank sing acapella. The song is called "Take You Back." Frank had the lead in this one.
"Fall in Philladelphia" is next on the set list. The most interesting part was trying to figure out the spellingÂ—Philadelphia or Philladelphia. Usually a pretty good song but tonight it was boring. Maybe Hall should have tried to make it into a rap song for this very special rap episode.
The next song is "Talking to Myself." Please don't let it be the "Talking to Myself" from Daryl's newest album. We've heard it too many times on this show. Okay, it's a different "Talking to Myself." Surprise, this is rap song.
The very last rap song is "She Got Me Bad." And with this the show finally comes to an end. It was almost like torture.
Daryl Hall is doing a nice job trying to introduce different kinds of music in the web series and it's hard to find fault with that ... but not impossible. It's time for Daryl to go back to the way this series was when he first brought it to the web. Hall is trying too hard and the show is starting to lack something. Many fans are getting bored with it and the same old things going on each month.
Viewers need to see less of the family, less of the food preparation, less talking, and more songs. Chiddy Bang did a nice job and were very likable but really Daryl, Frank Stallone? Maybe the producers should try to get singers like Queen Latifah, Stevie Nicks, or Steve Perry. Cater to your real fans, the 45 to 70 year olds. They're the ones that watch Live From Daryl's House every month. They're the ones that will keep the show around.