Young Jeezy – The Cold Summer Tour

Cold Summer Tour Poster

This past December, Young Jeezy announced that he would be touring in the Spring of 2018 on the Cold Summer Tour, aptly named for one of the better songs on his most recent album, Pressure. Admittedly, I hesitated to immediately buy tickets for the show….because they were $48.00 after taxes and fees. I mean….c’mon Livenation. However, my patience paid off because roughly a month prior to the show date, the tickets made their way to Groupon. Let’s get it!

Instant cop. One of my boys had already let me know he was going (what up Nick!), so after I had tickets we agreed to link up for the show.

We got to The Fillmore right around the time that doors were opening and didn’t have any trouble getting inside. We got a spot located near the center of the stage, maybe 10 feet back from the stage – prime location. We got a couple cans of rocky mountain refreshment and at that point just had to wait for the show to start.

The first act up was Boston George. I can honestly say that I had heard of him, although it was only for one song – “Rich Off Lean” ft. Future. And I honestly only got the song because I was really on the Future wave when that song dropped. Aside from that, I didn’t know much about the guy. The internet tells me that his most recent mixtape is Blow Talk and it has a feature from, you guessed it, Young Jeezy. Regardless, I thought he did a decent job kicking things off. His style of rap is most definitely trap/street anthem type stuff and even if you couldn’t make out some of the words to a song you didn’t know at a live concert, the beat was there to pick up the slack.

Following George was Detroit native and rising star, Tee Grizzley.

Tee Grizzley

Tee Grizzley started getting some buzz in hip-hop circles following the release of his 2017 mixtape, My Moment – notably the single “First Day Out”. Since that point he’s collaborated with artists such as Young Jeezy, Moneybagg Yo and Meek Mill.

Tee Grizzley upped the energy level considerably as he went through a number of songs from My Moment, before ending his set with “First Day Out”, which was pretty hype. And fortunately, this wouldn’t be the last time we saw Tee Grizzley.

And then it was time for the Snowman. Mr. Seventeen Five.

His trademark angry snowman and the words “JEEZY” were alternating back and forth on the screen that was the front of the DJ booth, the lights dimmed down and snow began shooting out into the crowd as Jizzle entered the stage to “Standing Ovation” The crowd was feeling it. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m much more of a fan of Jeezy’s older material than his newer material. It’s not that I dislike the newer stuff, but the older stuff is timeless. It just has that classic Young Jeezy sound and feel to it – especially TM 101. The snowman must have been telepathic that night, because he he gave me exactly what I was hoping to hear. Check the set list:

1. Standing Ovation
2. Bottom of the Map
3. Peace Up
4. Get Ya Mind Right
5. Trap or Die
6. Go Crazy
7. Trapstar
8. And Then What
9. J.E.E.Z.Y.
10. Dem Boyz (Boyz N Da Hood cover)
11. Spyder
12. Cold Summer w/ Tee Grizzly
13. Geeked Up
14. Who Dat
15. Lose My Mind
16. All There
17. SupaFreak
18. Tear It Up
19. All We Do
20. Leave You Alone
21. I Do
22. Get Allot
23. My N*gga (YG cover)
24. RIP
25. Way Too Gone
26. I Luv It
27. Soul Survivor
28. Put On

The tour is still going strong, and I would recommend trying to make it to a show for any long time Young Jeezy fans. He’s been making music for so long now that you sometimes might not realize how many hits he’s made through the years until you start to hear one after another after another. It’s a testament to his dedication, and he puts on a helluva show. You won’t be disappointed.


2 Chainz – The Pretty Girls Like Trap Music Tour

Here were are again with yet another long overdue post. What can I say? Life gets in the way. That said, I do this as a way to kind of capture the memories from the shows I’ve attended. I can go back at any time and re-live the moment per se just by reading a brief 5 minute blog post.

That said, I love 2 Chainz. Tity Boi. Tauheed Epps. Whatever you want to call him, that’s my guy. In my opinion, he’s one of the best personalities in the rap/hip-hop industry and he’s in my top 5 favorite rappers. I’ve seen him perform 6 times over the past 5 years in various cities throughout NC and once in VA. Point blank – if he’s going on tour, I’m going to be there. And just like clockwork, after 2 Chainz’s most recent album release, a supporting tour was announced to hit 30+ cities across the United States. His September 12th stop just so happened to be at the Fillmore in Charlotte, NC. I just so happen to live in Charlotte, NC. Done deal. I knew where I would be that evening.

PGLTM Tour Poster

I got to the venue early and attempted to wait patiently for doors to open. Attempted. My wife Amanda was with me and can attest to that. I probably annoyed the crap out of her. But she’s a trooper and loves some 2 Chainz as well, so she put up with it. When the doors finally did open, we secured a nice spot very close to the front of the stage, dead center. It would only be a matter of time.

The first act was TRU signee, Skooly. I didn’t know much about him other than the fact that he was a young artist out of Atlanta, GA. I recognized him from one of 2 Chainz’s songs, “Someone to Love”. Other than that, I was in the dark. Generally speaking, sometimes it can be tough for openers to get a crowd into a show. The crowd is still filling in, getting drinks, not that interested in an opening act, etc. However, I thought Skooly did a solid job of getting a buzz going. He performed a number of songs I hadn’t heard before, then ended his set with his then lead single, “Fucc It Up Suh”, off his mixtape BAcCWArdFeELiNgS. It’s low key kind of catchy. I would also recommend the song “Basic” off of that same mixtape.

The 2nd opener was another TRU signee, Young Dolph. Hailing from Memphis, TN, Dolph has made a name for himself in hip-hop circles for his gritty delivery of songs primarily about slinging dope. He’s also gotten a bit of notoriety for his beef with fellow Memphis rapper, Yo Gotti. Not even a year prior to this show’s date, Dolph was shot at 100 times during the CIAA weekend (also in Charlotte). Nevertheless, he was back in Charlotte on this night. Dolph was seated on a throne with his back to the crowd when the curtains dropped. He began rapping “Get Paid” and the throne rotated towards the crowd. From there, Dolph went through his set that included “Pulled Up”, his verse from OT Genasis’ “Cut It”, “Preach”, and naturally “100 Shots”. Dolph even brought out his own father to the stage to enjoy the moment with him.

Young Dolph & his father

After Dolph was finished, the stage hands began to work on putting 2 Chainz’s set together. It presented a perfect opportunity to hit the bathroom and re-up at the bar. Once I got back to my spot in the crowd, I only had to wait for a few minutes before the show was set to go on.

The set was made to look like the trap house that was on the cover of Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.

PGLTM Album Cover

The Trap Choir was posted up to the right of the stage and they were laying down a soulful medley with some backing from 2 Chainz’s longtime friend and personal DJ, DJ E. Sudd. Mid-medley, gunshots rang out over the speaker system and they all ducked for cover. “Riverdale Rd” then came out blaring and crowd knew it was time. The front door of the trap house opened up, and Tity Boi came rolling out rapping his @$$ off. He was litreally rolling. For those unaware, 2 Chainz broke his left leg a few weeks prior to starting the tour at his daughter’s birthday party. I can only assume that he was leaned out in a bouncy house or something.

Jokes aside, instead of cancelling the tour, 2 Chainz tricked out a wheelchair a la Pimp My Ride and hired a scantily clad “nurse” to push him around and voila, the tour continued. I think that really speaks to the kind of artist he is. After performing “Riverdale Rd”, 2 Chainz introduced himself to the crowd, said his hellos, and dove into a set list that went like this:

1. Riverdale Rd.
2. verse from No Problem (Chance the Rapper)
3. Big Amount
4. verse from All Me (Drake)
5. No Lie
6. I’m Different
7. chorus from F*ckin Problems (A$AP Rocky)
8. verse from Bandz A Make Her Dance (Juicy J)
9. I Luv Dem Strippers
10. verse from Cut Her Off (K. Camp)
11. verse from Thick (OT Genasis)
12. Trap Check
13. MFN Right
14. Watch Out
15. verse from Beez In The Trap (Nicki Minaj)
16. Blue Cheese
17. Bounce
18. Duffle Bag Boy (Playaz Circle)
19. Door Swangin
20. Crack
21. Birthday Song
22. Poor Fool
23. It’s A Vibe
24. Rolls Royce B*tch
25. OG Kush Diet
26. Good Drank 2.0
27. 4AM

The set list was fiiiiire. Current hits, past hits and verses from other popular singles. And on top of that, the date that Chainz performed in Charlotte was actually also his birthday. So everyone – The Trap Choir, DJ E Sudd, the crowd – sang happy birthday to 2 Chainz while he was on stage. Young Dolph came back out on the stage to wish 2 Chainz a happy birthday and the “nurse” brought out a birthday cake in the shape of a trap house (naturally). 2 Chainz blew out the candles, said his thanks, and then followed it up by performing “Birthday Song”. I mean, how could he not?

4AM was probably the highlight for me, because it was the song I wanted to see him perform the most. It’s definitely my favorite song from PGLTM and I was honestly shocked that it didn’t get more promotion, because it’s undeniably a banger. All in all, it was yet another great 2 Chainz show, and while this tour is obviously not going on any longer, if you have the chance to see him perform down the road, you absolutely should.

J. Cole – 4YEO World Tour

I’ve been putting off doing this review for a few months now, and for that I apologize, so without any further ado, here it is:

On June 18th I had the distinct pleasure to see J. Cole perform at the Cone Denim Entertainment Center in Greensboro, NC. But before we get into that, let’s back things up for a minute.

This past December, Fayetteville’s own J. Cole released his 4th studio album entitled 4 Your Eyez Only. While a huge J. Cole fan, I admittedly enjoyed this album the least compared to his previous 3 albums. Now I’m not saying that the album is bad, or of any lesser quality, I just felt that as a whole it wasn’t as enjoyable as his previous works. Outside of “Neighbors”, there really aren’t any “hit singles” or mainstream friendly tracks that you find yourself wanting to play over and over again. However, this project has depth, and the concept behind it is quite personal. The album follows the story of a young man, as he goes from selling crack, to falling in love and starting a family. In the final track, it is revealed that he has died, and almost the entire album is a tape he created for his daughter to listen to after he’s gone. Listeners come to find out that this story is actually about a real life friend of Cole’s, and in that moment everything seems to come to a halt. Reality check. These aren’t made up stories to sell records. These are the struggles of everyday life for some people. People that while villainized by the media, are really just human, and trying to do the best that they can to provide for themselves and their families.

Back to the tour. When the dates were initially announced, I knew I had to attend one of the shows. The first 13 dates would take place in smaller, more intimate venues and there would only be Dreamville artists as scheduled opening acts. The next set of dates would take place in arenas across the US, with Bas and Anderson .Paak set to open. And the final leg of the tour would go across the pond to large venues throughout Europe.

4YEO Tour Poster

I personally enjoy shows at smaller venues for the intimate experience. There’s nothing wrong with arena tours at all (I go to those too), it’s just how I feel. So when the presale tickets went up, I was scouring Livenation for tickets to the closest smaller venue show. After battling bots online for roughly 10 minutes and temporarily losing my mind thinking I would never get tickets, I landed 2 seats to a show in Greensboro, NC at a venue that holds roughly 2,000-3,000 people. I was ecstatic.

Fast forward a few weeks, and my wife and I are making the one and a half hour trip from Charlotte to Greensboro, bumping nothing by J. Cole the entire way. We made our way into the venue after catching a few drinks with some of her college friends in that neck of the woods, and found our seats. You could feel a buzz in the room. J. Cole was back in NC, performing songs about providing for your family and the joy of having a daughter, on Father’s Day. The anticipation was real.

After Dreamville artists (and opening acts) Lute, Ari Lennox, and J.I.D [who has made quite a buzz for himself with his debut album, The Never Story] cleared the stage, Jermaine came to the stage ushered in by a roar from the crowd. Not a single person was sitting down. He greeted the crowd with a crooked smile, and began to go through his set. One thing I’ve always thought about J. Cole is that no matter how the song may feel or sound when you listen to it in your car, or on your phone, when you see it performed live, it’s completely different. For example, the song “Ville Mentality” is slow, and a bit depressing. It’s not a song you would really look forward to hearing at a show. When performed live though, Cole gets the audience involved and has them singing along and you no longer have those same thoughts. J. Cole gets slapped with the “boring rapper” tag to the point where it’s almost a meme, but his live performances are truly top notch. I’ve been to 85+ shows spanning many genres of music, and he is consistently one of, if not the best showman that I’ve seen. He finds a way to transform his sound and somehow make everything enjoyable. I’m obviously a bit biased here, but I think what makes this possible is that during the show, you realize how likeable of a person Cole really is. The banter with the crowed throughout the show gives you a feel for the kind of person he is. So as the show goes on, you want to like everything, even if you didn’t when you initially stepped through the venue’s doors. He’s a genuine, down to earth guy, and I think that makes it very easy for an audience to relate to him.

With regard to the set, Cole had a little bit of everything in store for us. He played songs from each of his 4 albums, including “Lights Please”, “Nobody’s Perfect”, “Power Trip”, “No Role Modelz”, “A Tale of 2 Citiez” and “Love Yourz”. One of the songs I was looking forward to the most was “Neighbors”, and Cole did not disappoint. IMO, these are all fantastic songs and I love each and every one of them, however the moment that really struck me was his final song.

Cole performed the title track to his most recent album, “4 Your Eyez Only” in its 9+ minute entirety. He told fans that he wouldn’t be returning for any encore, so

“if you don’t want to hear somebody running through some real sh*t for eight minutes and really give you a story, this is your time to beat the traffic.”

It was heartfelt, and simply raw. The ending line was really what got me when I first listened to the song, and hearing it live had the same affect: “Yo daddy was a real n*gga cause he loved you”. Powerful stuff right there.

The tour is still going on right now in the US, so if you have the ability to catch one of his upcoming shows, I would strongly suggest making it happen. If you’re any kind of hip-hop fan, even if you don’t like J. Cole’s music that much, get yourself a cheap seat in the nosebleeds to one of the dates and go in with an open mind. What I said previously will really start to make a lot more sense.

Big Sean – The I Decided Tour

This past January, Big Sean announced he would be embarking on a 20+ stop North American tour in support of his then upcoming 4th studio album, entitled “I Decided”. “Uber Everywhere” rapper MadeinTYO was set to be the supporting act as well. See dates below.

Tour Dates

Upon getting the notification on my LiveNation app, I knew I would immediately have to snap on tickets. To me, Sean is a guy that has consistently been putting out quality music for the past 3-4 years. He may not quite have the recognition or mass appeal of a Drake, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar etc, but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing when it came to this tour. Instead of playing a stadium tour, or a large outdoor venue, Sean would be playing indoor venues like the Fillmore with a capacity of around 2,000 or so people. This meant that my friend Cory and I would have the opportunity to get a “seat” very close to the stage.

Fast forward a few months and it’s Friday, April 14th. A beautiful spring day in Charlotte, NC with clear skies, a nice breeze, temps in the 70’s and a 100% chance of turning up on the horizon.

After a few drinks and some food beforehand at nearby VBGB, Cory and I made our way to the venue and managed to be the 2nd group of people in line (not counting the VIP folks). A little over an hour later we were both approximately 10 feet away from the stage waiting for the show to begin. The crowd began pouring in once doors opened, and a buzz began to grow. In less than half an hour it seemed like the entire venue was packed, but I guess that’s to be expected when the venue sells out of tickets.

The first opening act was a Detroit, Michigan local by the name of Neisha Neshae. Dubbed the “queen of R&B trap”, she played a number of songs that including elements of both, yes you guessed it, R&B and trap. Admittedly, I knew nothing of her coming into the show, but I thought it was a pretty cool gesture that Big Sean went the extra mile to get a fellow Detroit artist on the tour for some exposure.

DJ Mo Beatz, Sean’s official DJ, was the next act on stage. There’s usually always a DJ involved in playing some popular hip-hop/rap music for the crowd at shows while sets are put up, artists get ready, etc. and Mo Beatz was that guy on this evening. He dropped a number of current hits, including Migos‘ “T Shirt”, Post Malone’s “Congratulations” and Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llife”.

After his set concluded, Mo Beatz made way for the tour’s official opening act, MadeinTYO, who performed a few songs, including his hit single “Uber Everywhere” as well as “Skateboard P” and “I Want”. This wouldn’t be the last time we saw MadeinTYO for the night, but more on that later.

Finally, after another set change, it was time. The lights dimmed, some smoke came onto the floor of the stage and a few lights hit the center of the stage, illuminating Big Sean as he made his way to the front of the stage to the tune of “Voices In My Head/Stick To The Plan”.

Sean Don

The crowd was already into it, but they really felt some kind of way when the beat changed during the middle of the song and the Metro Boomin tag came through the speakers. From that point on, Sean ran through hit after hit: Mercy, Clique, Play No Games, Paradise, All Your Fault, Moves, Dance (A$$), Blessings – just to name a few. One highlight during this sequence was another appearance by MadeinTYO. He re-emerged from the back of the stage so he and Sean could jointly perform “Skateboard P”.

Sean ended his set with “Bigger Than Me” and said his goodbyes to the audience. He wasn’t gone long though, because he came back out a few minutes later with an encore performance that started with “IDFWU” and ended with his recently twice platinum certified song “Bounce Back”.

The crowd was going word for word with Sean, and during the performance he came by my friends and I a few times and dapped us up mid-performance. If the show was a piece of cake, this was surely the metaphorical cherry on top. All in all, I would have to say that this concert registered in my top 10 shows that I’ve attended. Everything was great. The crowd was great, all the performers gave it everything they had, the sets/lighting/sound were on point, and all of that combined for a great experience. I’m hoping the success of I Decided and this tour give Sean the additional backing he needs (and deserves) to take his music to the next level, that could possibly turn into a stadium tour with his next LP. Only time will tell.

Until then, if you have a chance to catch one of the few remaining dates on this tour, I highly recommend going. If not, make sure you check out Sean’s album I Decided and hit me with your takes on twitter @ Leeroyknievil. Oh God!

I Decided.

Juicy J – The Rubba Band Business Tour

I’ve been listening to Juicy J (and before that Three 6 Mafia) for some time now, so it only seemed fitting to attend the former’s tour when I learned that he would be coming to Charlotte, NC.

Juicy has been teasing snippets and hinting on social media at an upcoming album aptly named “Rubba Band Business” after the success of some of his earlier mixtapes of the same name, for some time now. I don’t want to jinx it, but I think with a tour of the same name, we might just be getting close to seeing the album’s release date.

Juicy embarked on a 38 stop tour at the beginning of 2017 to promote this upcoming album and give fans a taste of what the LP might bring. The Taylor Gang signee also recruited up and coming Canadian artist Belly and his long time associate and older brother, Project Pat, to support the tour as opening acts.

All of the artists put on quite a show, leaving fans thrilled and wanting more [cue the Metro tag].


Project Pat




I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of energy that Belly put into his performance. I hadn’t seen Belly prior to this concert, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, however he put all of my doubts to rest. He has quite the charismatic presence on stage and easily found a way to connect with the audience. His standout track had to be “Might Not“, which gained a lot of buzz with a feature from The Weeknd, and even more buzz from the remix which featured Yo Gotti and 2 Chainz.

Look out for Belly to open up for the Weeknd on the Starboy World Tour kicking off this spring alongside 6lack and Rae Sremmurd.

Following Belly, Memphis’ own Juicy J came out and delivered (per usual) a fun and energetic show. He started out by playing his new single “Ain’t Nothing”, followed by a few TGOD Mafia tracks before delving into his own solo discography, playing new tracks, old tracks, unreleased tracks and of course, Three 6 Mafia classics. Between songs Juicy would take (with permission) phones from fans and record Snapchat videos that they would be able to share with their followers – it was quite entertaining. The highlight of his setlist had to be the medley of Three 6 Mafia songs that he went through. It was like a soundtrack to my high school years. From “Roll Wit It” to “Poppin My Collar” to “Stay Fly” to “Ridin Spinners” – bangers for days.


Juicy J

Juicy even went so far as to perform some of his feature verses, notably his verse on “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry. It seemed like he played a little bit of everything, and something for everyone. For the full setlist at this venue, click here.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I certainly had a good time and look forward to the next time Juicy is around. Maybe that Rubba Band Business album will spark another tour? Who knows? Until next time, stay trippy!

PS. After Juicy’s set ended, some of the folks who purchased VIP tickets left their VIP merchandise on the floor and exited the venue. It just so happens that I was in the right place at the right time and picked up a tour poster, that was autographed by Juicy! Not bad!


Autographed Tour Poster!



























The #PurpleReign Tour: Charlotte Edition

Happy Friday everyone. I’m enjoying a lovely rum & coke at the moment and I hope that your evening is going just as swimmingly. To be completely honest, I’m aware that it’s been almost a month since this concert took place. Part of me feels almost guilty for not posting sooner, but a larger part of me doesn’t want to feel obligated to make these posts. Let’s be serious, there probably aren’t but a few dedicated readers anyways – hey Amanda – so from here on out things will be a bit different. I’m going to post reviews after seeing a show for sure, but I’m not going to try to pander to any audience or try to make some kind of clickbait title for views. The days of going to ~20 rap shows a year are behind me. So from here on out, I’m keeping it real. [This would be the ideal time for a Chappelle show clip about when keeping it real goes wrong btw].

Alright, I’m off the soap box, let’s get to the damn thang.

Here we go. 2015 was owned by Future. There’s no doubt about it. The man dropped two critically acclaimed mixtapes in 56 Nights and
Beast Mode, and then followed them up with an unprecedented 3, yes THREE, number 1 albums in DS2, What A Time To Be Alive w/ Drake, and EVOL (not to mention the Purple Reign tape itself). For those counting at home, that is 5 projects in a single calendar year. Some people can’t put out 5 projects in a career – looking at you Dr. Dre.

Needless to say, the hype was really real for the Purple Reign Tour, and rightfully so.

Purple Reign Tour

Purple Reign Tour

A few months back I got a notification from my LiveNation app letting me know that tickets would be going on sale. I was all over it. Yes, I have seen Future perform before, but at that time he was nowhere near as popular as he is today.

Fast forward a few months. April 7, 2015. Showtime is 8pm at The Fillmore, one of my favorite venues. I’m rolling solo, which at this point I’m used to doing. Live music is just worth it in my opinion. Anyways, I showed up about 20 minutes before doors opened and the line was at least 200-250 yards long. Unreal. It didn’t phase me much though, because I had previously purchased a handy dandy “fast pass” from the venue for $10 which essentially provides a separate admission line that gets in before the mile long general admission line. I was tempted to buy a “Meet & Greet” package ticket, but $250 is a little too steep for me, no matter how much I like Future.

So inside the venue we go. The show actually didn’t take long to get started, which was nice. Lil Donald was the first act out. I won’t front at all, I’ve never heard of Lil Donald before that night. I learned he was signed to Freebandz though, so he’s got that going for him. He did a few songs and the crowd was cool with him.

The next performer I was very familiar with, Ty Dolla $ign. Most people got familiar with Ty following the success of his hit single, “Paranoid”. I will humble brag and say that I was a fan a little before that, mainly because of his affiliation with YG, who I love. I think everyone is familiar with the song “Toot It & Boot It” though, which is where Ty really got his start, even if nobody really knew who he was back then.

Ty came out looking super casual and put together the following setlist:

1. Familiar
2. Dead Presidents
3. Violent
4. Irie
5. Only Right w/ TeeCee4800
6. Toot It & Boot It
7. You & Your Friends
8. Play No Games
9. Sitting Pretty
10. Or Nah
11. Paranoid
12. Saved
13. Blasé

Ty held it down, especially for an opener. I would almost venture to call him a co-headliner. I skipped seeing Ty about a year ago at Amos’ Southend in Charlotte, so it really was a treat to see Ty AND Future in the same night.

Dolla $ign!

Dolla $ign!

After Ty’s set, house music filtered back through the speakers at a reasonable level and general conversation filled the venue. After some time, the stage was set for Fewtcha. The lights dimmed, and the backdrop of 3 split screens began to show a steady sea of purple waves. Anticipation was rising, and ultimately, our boy came out to grace the stage. After at least 2 hours since most of us entered the venue, we were ready to turn up. At first, there was a faint sound of music playing. It gradually got louder, and ultimately you heard the beginning of “Thought It Was a Drought” playing. Future ran through a brief introduction to the crowd, but the crowd could have cared less. We went word for word over the intro to the song until the beat dropped at which point all hell broke loose, in a good way of course.

Future put down a set list that was pretty amazing. It consisted of:

1. Thought it was a Drought

2. Move That Dope
3. Same Damn Time
4. Karate Chop
5. Monster
6. My Savages
7. Peacoat
8. Lay Up
9. Where Ya At
10. I Serve the Base
11. Blood on the Money
12. Stick Talk
13. Freak Hoe
14. Blow a Bag
15. Rotation
16. Slave Master

At this point, we had gone through a number of hits, and Future needed a break to get some water/hydrate/hit the gas, etc. Whatever he was doing, we had ourselves a guest MC enter the stage to keep us entertained, DJ Esco, who was donning a fitting #2 Charlotte Hornets Larry Johnson jersey.

DJ Esco

DJ Esco

Esco played a number of current radio hits for 10-15 minutes and ultimately gave the mic back up to Future, who continued to light things up, and he started the 2nd portion of the show with a bang, by bringing Ty back out of stage to perform Blasé, together. It was lit. Ty even leapt from the stage into the welcoming arms of fans, who lost it.

17. Blasé w/ Ty Dolla $ign
18. Real Sisters
19. The Percocet & Stripper Joint
20. Trap N*ggas
21. F*ck Up Some Commas
22. Diamonds Dancing
23. Jersey
24. I’m The Plug
25. Jumpan

26. March Madness
27. All Right
28. Wicked
29. Perkys Calling
30. Purple Reign



And with that final performance, Future bid us adieu and left the stage. The venue’s lights came back on, and people started filtering out into the brisk night air. What they didn’t know, was that Future wasn’t done. After a few minutes, he came back out on stage and gave an encore performance consisting of:

31. Low Life
32. Honest
33. Chosen One
34. Love Me

It was a solid hour and a half performance, and Future certainly delivered. He put down a great performance and earned every cent that he made that evening. My only criticism would be that he didn’t play my personal favorite, “Gone to the Moon”. I get it though. With his current buzz, most of his fans these days don’t even know that song because it’s so old. Fortunately, I can say I’m lucky enough to have seen it performed before, so there was no real damage done.

All in all, it was a great show, and I’m really glad that I made the effort to go see Future perform. I won’t say I’ve been a day one Future fan, but as a fan of at least 3 years or so, it is really cool to see him rising up in the hip-hop community and know that you were supporting him back when he was relatively unknown. My humble brag is now done. Point is, if you haven’t seen him and he’s coming to a city near you, get some tickets and make it happen. You won’t regret it.

Mac Miller – The G00D:AM Tour

Fresh off the release of his third studio album, GOOD:AM, Mac Miller announced that he would be launching a US tour to promote his new LP. Thankfully, one of the stops listed was in Charlotte, NC.

GOOD:AM - Album Cover

GOOD:AM – Album Cover

GOOD:AM US Tour Dates

I’ve only seen Mac once before, when he was hardly known in the mainstream hip-hop audience. 4 years ago, he opened for Wiz Khalifa on the Green Carpet Tour at the Red Oak Amphitheatre in Raleigh, NC. I was only a year removed from college at the time and still made frequent visits back to my old stomping grounds, so this concert was just an excuse to get back to Raleighwood to have a good time with some friends.

Flash forward 4 years, and Mac’s stardom has grown exponentially. His 4th mixtape, KIDS, really got him into the spotlight back in 2010 and since then he’s released mixtape upon mixtape along with 2 critically acclaimed albums, not including his newest release, GOOD:AM.

As many people are well aware, Mac is a Pittsburgh, PA native. He went to the same highschool as Wiz Khalifa (Taylor Allderdice HS) and later got a record deal with Rostrum Records, who Wiz was also signed with. Initially, I think a number of listeners felt that he was riding Wiz’s coat tails to a degree, but he has more than proven any doubters wrong since that time. Mac has truly carved out a role for himself in the hip-hop world and continues to impress with his clever punchlines and melodic flows.

Now then, on to the show. I arrived on site about 30 minutes before doors even opened and the line to get in was already 150-200 people deep. I knew it wold be a packed house, but had no idea that it would be this packed. Instead of waiting it out in the general admission line, I called an audible at the box office and opted to get a fast pass. This $10 magical coupon gets you in a separate line to get in, before anyone else. It proved to be $10 well spent. A few of my friends met me there at about that same time, and the waiting game began until doors opened.

Once the doors did open, we made a beeline to the center of the audience. Your standard house music and milling around went on for a bit while the crowd continued filing in. Eventually, a DJ came to the stage and announced the first opener was coming to the stage: Choo Jackson. I’ve never heard of Choo Jackson prior to this show, but the guy had some serious energy. The crowd was so ready to turn up, the moment the first song started people were instantly jumping up and down. Choo played a few songs and eventually gave way to Michael Christmas – another guy I have never heard of. Like Choo, Christmas was very energetic and crowd-friendly. He did a great job getting the crowd to interact with him and had a natural stage presence. The final opener was a duo named Earth Gang – yet another act I hadn’t heard of. (This trend just let me know I need to get out from under a rock and listen to some more up and comers). Like the previous acts, this group had the crowd bouncing and did a great job setting the stage for Mac. All 3 acts really did a great job entertaining the crowd and I think they each have the potential to achieve great things in this industry with the work ethic that they displayed this past Tuesday night.

And speaking of Mac, his time had finally descended upon us. The stage was set, the lights dimmed, and the song “Loud” began to play over the speakers. Have a look:

The crowd went APE – to the point of some pushing/shoving and even some lighthearted moshing for the boys up front. I had severely underestimated the kind of show that Mac would be putting on. I did not expect that kind of energy. At. All. Mac continued on with a set list that spanned almost every one of his better known projects. There were songs from KIDS, Blue Slide Park, Best Day Ever, Faces, WMWTSO, and obviously GOOD:AM.

Here’s the set list:

1. Loud
2. Watching Movies
3. Bird Call
4. Insomniak
5. Doors
6. Brand New

7. 100 Grandkids
8. Red Dot Music
9. Nikes On My Feet – A personal favorite of mine. This song is a classic.

10. In The Bag
11. Rush Hour
12. Weekend
13. Clubhouse
14. Donald Trump
15. Diablo
16. Break The Law
17. Objects in the Mirror
18. ROS
19. Onaroll
20. Lucky Ass B*tch
21. When In Rome


22. Frick Park Market
23. Cut the Check
24. Best Day Ever

It took Mac roughly an hour and a half to perform all of these songs, and he put everything he had into each one of them. The energy in the room was undeniable, and I left the venue with a solid sweat going. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many stops left on this leg of the tour, so if Mac is coming to your city and you have a chance to go, do it. I underestimated Mac. Learn from my mistake and don’t do the same thing.

Mac Miller

Mac Miller

Until next time!

PS – Future and Ty Dolla $ign are coming to Charlotte together in March! LETS GET IT!! #FutureHive.

PSS – Shoutout to the The Fillmore Charlotte for always bringing great artists through the city. Thank you.