So there we were at Radio City Music Hall Friday night at the “Masters of Ceremony” show. Rakim, Brand Nubian and Shabba were part of that boss lineup. Yes. Thousands of smooth 40-plus hip-hop heads went back to the good old days of their youth. They knew every lyric, threw down with those old-school dances and the loud crowd eagerly awaited each act. This out-of-their-seat audience threw back like it was the 1990s.

Yes, DMX, who half the audience came just to see, done got himself arrested outside the venue before he got on stage, allegedly owing $400,000 in child support. And yes, the crowd got tight even as Kid Capri tried to keep us hype, but let’s talk about the show!

“Rap scholars” Krazy Drayz and Skoob, aka Das EFX, kicked off the show and got the good vibes flowing with hits such as “Mic Checka” and “Real Hip Hop.” Brand Nubian’s Lord Jamar, Sadat X and Grand Puba blessed the room with faves such as “Don’t Let It Go to Your Head,” “Slow Down,” “Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down!” and “Word Is Bond.”

And then came the aptly named Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth, who had folks wishing for a less complicated social vista with “They Reminisce Over You” and “Take You There.” I don’t know what people cheered for first, that loud shiny red jacket or Mase who had it on! He put people in a joyous “Bad Boy” state of mind, bringing up songs such as “Feel So Good” and “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems.” Then the good reverend decided to say a prayer for everyone.

“Guess Who’s Back?” All hail tha God MC. Rakim was lit. He performed with the enthusiasm of an audience member watching his own performance. He was amped. He was all regal and street at the same time. He owned the stage as he dropped jewels such as “Microphone Fiend, “Paid in Full,” “It’s Been a Long Time” and “I Know You Got Soul.”

Apparently, Shabba Ranks’ age never told him he wasn’t 25 anymore because he bounced around the stage like he was a young’un. He kicked up his foot and contorted his torso like he had no spine. You couldn’t tell him a thing as he dance-halled through populist tracks such as “Mr. Lover Man,” “Ting A Ling” and “Gyal Yuh Good.”

The Lox noted that Styles P had a family emergency and could not appear, but Sheek Louch and Jadakiss kept the crowd up with their D-Block selves. The “Money, Power, Respect” fellas didn’t bring out Lil Kim or Diddy, but they did pay homage to Biggie and predicted “We Gon Make It” as they laced a happy set of rap lovers with joints such as “It’s All About the Benjamins” and Jada’s “What If…?”

Capri tried to appease the crowd, as rumors crept quickly through Radio City that DMX got clipped outside. Capri said he could spin some of his joints and we could have a party without him. Nah thanks. We bounced. X would have topped off a great show lovely. But perhaps Mr. Earl Simmons will get it sorted after this latest silver bracelet incident.