This past Sunday LA’s own Nipsey Hussle made a stop on the #CrenshawTour to the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC. I first heard about the show a month or so back while looking at the upcoming guests at the venue and to be honest, wasn’t sure if I was gonna go or not. I don’t have a ton of Nipsey’s music outside of the Crenshaw tape so I’m pretty late to the party, but I figured what the hell? I had heard about his $100 mixtape and being an XXL Freshman of the Year through various hip-hop sites so I had a feeling he would deliver, plus $15 for a ticket is pretty unbeatable. So I went. The line to this place was like a mile long when I rolled up about 30 mins after doors opened.
After finally getting in, I grad a cold bud and headed into the GA standing area. Having never been to this venue before, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of space they had. There were plenty of people waiting around for the show to start and there was none of the bumpin elbows mess when it gets too packed.
Before the show, a number of local acts hit the stage to showcase their talents since this show was sponsored by the local AMCS Bodega and it was a pretty refreshing change of pace. Not to say these dudes brought the house down necessarily, but it was nice to see that there was a grassroots hip-hop culture going on in the Queen City and that with a little time and more work, Charlotte would be putting out some names recognized throughout the hip-hop industry. Which leads me to the next performer: Deniro Farrar.
I first saw Deniro about 2 years ago when he opened for J. Cole at the Fillmore here in Charlotte. Afterwards he went through the crowd handing out copies of his mixtape and I was able to talk to him for a few mins and naturally got a copy of the tape. Here we are 2 years later and Deniro had the crowd ROCKING. He is truly growing as an artist and performer but I have to say he was almost outshined by one of his fans that he brought up on stage. This kid went bar for bar with Deniro and we (the crowd) were losing it. It was probably one of the moments you can try all you want to describe but you kinda had to be there to know what I’m talking about.
Erk tha Jerk was the next man on stage. Straight up, I know NOTHING about him. He seemed aight though. As you can probably tell by the name, he’s a west coast guy and he had some decent lines. Probably be somebody I might look up when I have some extra time surfing the web.
Next up, Nipsey. The crowed couldn’t wait. The chanting began. NIP-SEY, NIP-SEY, NIP-SEY….
He came on stage music blasting to “U See Us” and the crowd went wild. The energy level in the room was incredibly high as the California native went through his bars, especially when Nipsey hit the line “Flight to Japan,They pay me in cash, convert it to Yen. Bitch I’m the man! Bitch I’m the man, Bitch I’m the man!” He even cut the track and ran it back so that the crowd could do it again and this time the music cut and all anyone heard was a a crowd screaming “Bitch I’m the man!!”
After this intro track Nipsey introduced himself to us formally and had a little beef with the sound man. The previous few performers had requested that their mic get turned up to no avail. Nipsey had done the same and was getting no results, which led to him asking the entire audience to turn around and yell “Fuck you sound man!!!”. Apparently this did the trick, because the show went on with no further mic problems at that point.
Nipsey did “Checc Me Out”, “All Get Right” and a few others from the Crenshaw tape before going to some Marathon tracks such as “Keys to the city”, “A million” and “7 days a week”. He even took it way back and did “Reality” from the Bullets Ain’t Got No Name Vol. 1 tape before heading off stage. Although he came right back out and did “1 of 1” and the dudes next to me literally starting going crazy lol. I can’t blame em tho, it was intoxicating.
Much love to the Neighborhood Theatre, AMCS Bodgea and Familty Matters for showcasing an evening of hip-hop in the QC.
Checc out the tour dates to see if the #CrenshawTour is coming to your city: http://www.crenshawtour.com