Burton, MI–Two of Flint’s most popular musical acts from the ’90s were met with fanfare by a crowd of hundreds inside the Dort Financial Center on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Touted as the concert that never was, the Dayton Family/Top Authority Versus event pitted the two rap groups against each other in a fight for lyrical supremacy. The event, however, felt more like a collaboration, if not an admission of admiration between the two groups.

With a stage fit for four kings, thrones and all, Ira ‘Bootleg’ Dorsey and Raheen ‘Shoestring’ Peterson of the Dayton Family performed on stage with Dia ‘Shotgun’ Peacock and Diallo ‘Flex’ Peacock from Top Authority for just over two hours. In the process, the two groups regaled their audience with all of their classics, bringing an entire room full of attendees nearly 30 years back in time.

Those in attendance included artists like local rapper Tay Boogie, whose newest album, “I’m Her,” has been making its rounds in the city.

Boogie, who grew up listening to Dayton Family, said being at one of their events after years of only listening at home when her dad would play them was “an honor.”

“Growing up in Flint I feel like Dayton Family was a staple in my household … my dad was really big on instilling the history of the city and its music in me. They (Dayton Family) definitely have influenced me and inspired me. They’ve shown that people in our city can do this and we’ve been doing it,” Boogie said.

Though no winner between the two groups was declared, the crowd appeared evenly split, with some people sporting shirts reading “Dayton or Nothing” while others wore entire tracksuits with the words “Shotgun, Flex and Top Authority,” wherever the words would fit.

As he stepped off the stage at the end of the concert, Flex said “this is one of the best days of my life.”

“I mean, seeing everybody come out to see Dayton Family versus Top Authority, oh man, it’s the best thing that ever happened. I loved it. Everybody always wanted to see us perform and do a show like we did today. We put out for the city. We showed up and sold out. It was amazing,” Flex said.

The event also prominently featured a lengthy in memoriam in honor of legendary Flint producer Bernard Terry, who died earlier this year.

Ira ‘Bootleg’ Dorsey asks the crowd to sing and gesture along as he prepares to sing “F.B.I.,” the titular song for their most popular album of the same name on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, inside the Dort Financial Center in Burton, Mich. (Santiago Ochoa | Flint Beat)
Event attendees follow along as Ira ‘Bootleg’ Dorsey and Raheen ‘Shoestring’ Peterson sing one of their most popular songs, F.B.I on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, inside the Dort Financial Center in Burton, Mich. (Santiago Ochoa | Flint Beat)
Dia ‘Shotgun’ Peacock raises his hands mid-song while performing one of Top Authority’s hit songs, “93” from their freshman album “Somethin’ to Blaze to” on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, inside the Dort Financial Center in Burton, Mich . (Santiago Ochoa | Flint Beat)
Diallo ‘Flex’ Peacock performs the final song of the night for the Dayton Family/Top Authority Versus event on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, inside the Dort Financial Center in Burton, Mich . (Santiago Ochoa | Flint Beat)

Raheen ‘Shoestring’ Peterson works up a sweat during the Dayton Family and Top Authority’s two-hour-long performance at the Dort Financial Center on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021 in Burton, Mich . (Santiago Ochoa | Flint Beat)

Raheen ”Shoestring’ Peterson sits on his golden throne with a microphone in hand during the Dayton Family versus Top Authority event in Burton, Mich . Dayton Family used gold-colored thrones while Top Authority used silver. The night’s host, Jake the Flake, used a special all-black throne. The event took place on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021 inside the Dort Financial Center. (Santiago Ochoa | Flint Beat)
Dia ‘Shotgun’ Peacock raps on stage during the Dayton Family|Top Authority Versus event held at the Dort Financial Center in Burton, Mich on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. (Santiago Ochoa | Flint Beat)
Bernard Terry Jr. (left), Jermaine Terry (center) and Cory Peterson (right) hold up a lifetime achievement award gifted to their late father, Bernard Terry Sr. on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at the Dort Financial Center in Burton, Mich. The award was preceded by a video in memoriam where a handful of artists who worked with Terry Sr. in the past reflected on their experiences with him while in the studio. (Santiago Ochoa | Flint Beat)

Santiago Ochoa

Santiago Ochoa is Flint Beat's Latinx Community reporter. He is always looking to write about anything Flint or Latinx. He especially enjoys investigative reporting and human-interest stories. A communications...

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  1. I am a long time Dayton Ave. brother I was there when it all started and I grew up with them and my top authority home boys as well. To be there for that was alright considering I have been gone for the last 5years, for something I had nothing to do with, so thank you guys for that family reunion and for a great show with no violence, it’s about time we can all come together for some fun for a change

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