Yo Gotti’s #IAm Tour

Exactly one week after seeing J. Cole & Wale, I had the chance to see Yo Gotti as his tour stopped by the Fillmore in Charlotte, NC. These artists are almost complete opposites as far as their rapping styles and lyrics are concerned, but they can both put on a helluva show.

I got to the venue early so I could get up front for a better view and that turned out to be a clutch move.
First up was Shy Glizzy. I don’t really know much about him but he kicked things off in a way where you knew it would only get wilder.

Shy Glizzy

Shy Glizzy

2nd, Yo Gotti’s right hand man: Zed Zilla. He performed some tracks off of his latest Time 2 Eat mixtape including “Memphis Shit” and “License Suspended”.

Zed Zilla

Zed Zilla

The next act was just as exciting for me as seeing Yo Gotti. Compton’s own: YG Fo Hunnid!!



It was turn up time. YG did “I’m 4rm Bompton”, my personal favorite “Ima Thug”, “Pop It”, “Bitches Ain’t Shit”, “Toot It & Boot It”, “Up”, “You Broke” and finally ended it with his new single “My Nigga”. During the set a number of fine young females were called to the stage to do a little twerkin and they gave Miley a run for her money. Sike. They CRUSHED Miley. The ratchet level on a scale of 1-10 had hit 17.

And then it was time. Gotti time. The lights went out and all you could see was the illuminated #IAm sign in the background. You could feel the anticipation building in the crowd. Music started playing. It was hard to tell what it was at first but then you could make it out. His new single “Fuck You” off the Nov. 19th mixtape was playing. And just as soon as the bass dropped he came right out of the middle of the stage. The crowd went crazy.

Yo Gotti

Yo Gotti

Gotti played songs ranging from his stuff years ago to music that literally dropped last week. He did “Killa”, “Touchdown”, “Check”, “Purple Flowers”, “Don’t Like”, “Liar”, “Disqualified”, his newest single “King Shit”, and a number of others in between that I can’t remember right now. His last song was obviously “Act Right” and it brought the house down – even more so when YG came back out to do his verse. After that there was an encore of “My Nigga” by YG at Gotti’s request. Gotti then went on to take a photo with the crowd to his back that he posted on Instagram. If you take a look, you can see me.




The show was over. But my night wasn’t just yet.
Being front row has its perks. Not only is your view unbeatable, but when the performers decide to mingle with the crowd, you’re the people they come to. After performing the last songs YG and Yo Gotti both came through the front of the crowd and dapped up a number of fans, including myself. It was pretty cool.

It gets better. I had taken some cash out prior to coming to the show because I wanted to get one of YG’s hoodies that have the 4 Hunnid logo on them. I didn’t want to buy it before the show because then I’d have to carry it around with me the whole time. So after the show ended and getting dapped up, the crowd began to clear out. I figured that this would be a good time to make my way to the merchandise booth to get that hoodie. Well it turns out that YG was selling these personally! Not only did I get to meet him, I got a photo with him and he signed my hoodie. As I approached him he said “Yo I remember you from the crowd!” I even got the chance to tell him how much I loved his music, especially “Ima Thug”. It was a surreal moment.

YG & Myself

YG & Myself


As always, if you get the chance to attend this show, DO IT. You’ll thank me later.

Check the tour dates below.

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#WDMC Tour with @JColeNC & @Wale

What better way to get back into hip-hop than to witness two of the game’s finest emcees perform live, fresh off of each of their own new albums?

I couldn’t agree more. And that’s exactly what happened on September 17, 2013 at UNCC’s Halton Arena.

This was the 6th stop on the tour even though the energy level in the building seemed like it was the opening show.

Bas, one of Cole’s boys, was the original opener to the show. We (my girlfriend Amanda and my boy Cory) didn’t quite catch his set so I can’t really get into it that much.

We did however see Wale go HAM on the stage. He came out to “No Hands” and the crowd was singing in unison at the top of their lungs. He then got into some of his Ambition songs: “Slight Work”, “Ambition”, “Bait”, “Lotus Flower Bomb” and “Chain Music”. And fyi, Folarin can cut a rug. He got busy on the stage with the crowd supporting him with “Go Wale Go Wale Go!”. Ralph then got into some of his songs off of #The Gifted: “Rotation”, “Clappers”, “Bad” and “88”.

The absolute highlight of the show came at this point. After “88”, Wale walked off of the stage and went to the back. From our view on the right side of the stage you could see where he went. The stage was in the middle of a basketball arena so it wasn’t your tyipcal backstage area. Plus, Wale had on all white clothes with some Nikes that had an orange and teal glow. I followed the shoes and saw him go up the stairs on our side of the stage and sprint down the aisle behind us separating the lower and upper sections of the crowd. Nobody apparently saw this except the people in the upper area behind us. I could see the eyes bulging and the finger pointing going on as everyone tried to tell the person next to them that Wale was right there! I didn’t waste a second. I tapped Cory and was like DUDE, GO TO THE AISLE NOW. We made it over there and it was perfect timing. The spotlight came to him at the top of the stairs. He busted out “Pretty Girls” as he was walking down the stairs. He was literally right in front of us. Hell, Cory got to dap him up.

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It was absolute pandemonium for us. I think Cory was on the verge of fainting. It was hard to even think that the show could get any better.

And then it was Cole’s turn. Fayettenam’s finest. Marijuana blazer. Carolina’s savior.

Let me start by saying that I’ve seen Cole perform about 7 times at different venues at different times in his career. This was nothing like those times. I have seen him with a band before, but this was a full band. Drums, 2 keyboards, guitar, DJ, 2 backup singers. And not only that, there were visuals. It felt like I was watching a VMA type performance.

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He opened up with “Trouble”. Afterwards, he addressed the crowd thanking them for coming out and so forth. What he said next I’ll never forget (bc it was hilarious). “I don’t care if my mom’s here tonight, I wanna let yall know I’ve been drinking a lot of henessey….a lot. And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t trying to go home with something tonight” and then as the crowd was laughing he got into “LAnd of Snakes” which applied to his previous comments.

Next up he addressed the crowd again and dedicated this song to the fans that have been fuckin with him from his days of “The Come Up”, the “Warm Up” and even “Friday Night Lights’. It was “Blow Up” – a personal favorite of mine. He set the place off.

He followed up by doing “Nobody’s Perfect” & “Work Out” from the debut album before getting into a multitude of songs from #BornSinner: “Mo Money”, “Ain’t That Some Shit”, “Runaway”, “She Knows” and “Forbidden Fruit”.

J. Cole

J. Cole

Cole then brought his boy Bas back on stage and they did Bas’ song “Lit”. I have to say I never heard that song before then. But after hearing Cole’s verse, it was an immediate download when I got home. I highly encourage any Cole fans to at least give it a listen. And throw some support to a fellow Dreamvillian, Bas. We got to meet him after the show and he was a really nice guy. I’m looking forward to listening to more of his music.

(Cory, Bas, myself)

(Cory, Bas, myself)

Next up, “Villuminat”, “Rich Niggaz”, “Lights Please” and then two tracks off of a very underrated EP, #TrulyYours2: “Kenny Lofton” and “Chris Tucker”. Cole then performed “Can’t Get Enough” and brought the show home with “Crooked Smile” and lastly, “Power Trip”.

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I have to say that during this show you could feel the energy all around you. The lights, the visuals, the smoke from the stage, the blasting bass, the guitar riffs, the melodies, the crowd rocking back and forth, up and down….This was not just a concert. This was an experience, and as Cole himself put it: A Journey.

I strongly encourage anyone to make the trip to a tour stop near you. You won’t regret it.


Back 2 Bloggin, Back 2 Bloggin

The hiatus is over.

After a long summer full of good times with friends, family and of course hip-hop, we’re back.

We could spend our time re-hashing the popular topics of this summer in the hip-hop community like Kendrick’s verse on #Control, or possibly cover 2 of the summer’s hottest tours: 1. The #UnderTheInfluenceofMusic tour with A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B, Trinidad Jame$ & Joey Bada$$. 2. The #AmerikazMostWanted tour with Lil Wayne, T.I. & 2 Chainz. We could talk about how Jay-Z went platinum with Magna Carta Holy Grail before it even hit shelves. We could talk about Gucci’s rants on twitter that have seemingly caused a rift in the entire 1017 family.

But we’re not. That’s old news. We’re here to bring you the fresh out of the box new pair of shoes shit. That just opened up a Bojangle’s 4 pc supreme combo box. That I copped Drake’s NWTS leak last week type ish.

So stay tuned, there will be plenty more to come.