Last night….man…..it was a wild one.
The #Oxymoron tour stopped at @AmosSouthend and doors were scheduled to open at 8pm. I got on site at about 7:30 and the line seemed like it was already about 75 yards long.
I was thinking to myself the whole time that I wouldn’t have a good spot, wouldn’t have a good view etc. etc. Well, when I finally got into the venue at about 8:40pm (yes it took that long) I was shocked to see that I was actually going to have a solid view. I was maybe 12-15 rows back, if you can really call them rows at a GA standing rooms venue? Nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised and about 20 mins later, the show began.
The first act to hit the stage was @AudioPush. I don’t know a ton about them, but I do know they’re part of @Hit-Boy’s #HS87 movement and gained some serious attention with their involvement in the group effort, All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of. They also managed to drop a solo project entitled, Come As You Are which features the track “Space Jam”, that has a feature from @LilTunechi.
They put down a solid perfomance, doing roughly 7 or so tracks. The crowd involvement and energy was extremely high, especially given the fact that this was a relatively low key opening act, leading me to believe that this might be getting a tad rowdy as the night progressed. After the end of their set, they posed for a picture with their backs to the crowd which they later posted on Instagram. I was wearing my Charlotte Hornets hat that I raised as high as possible and if you look closely enough, you can actually make me out in the crowd.
The next act I knew a little more about. Hailing from Long Beach, CA was Mr. Shyne Coldchain himself, @vincestaples. Vince did a number of songs from his most recent project, Shyne Coldchain 2 including “Humble” in which the crowd proceeded to chant the “F*ck You, F*ck You, F*ck You, F*ck You” along with Vince. It was around this time I got to talk a little to two friends of mine that somehow managed to find me in the crowd, @SourCaroline88 and @mkozar88. As we were saying hi and so forth, Vince decided to do a little sing-a-long with the crowd and had his DJ drop Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot”. We loved it. When it ended, Vince decided to do another and this time it was Tupac’s “Ambitionz Az a Ridah”. We REALLY loved it. At this point, the turn up was happening. And there would be no going back.
Right before he left, he did play the song “Nate” which is a favorite of mine. Take a look:
After Vince left the stage, the room started buzzing with anticipation. This was because we all knew who was next: TDE’s rising star, @isaiahrashad. He came out a few minutes later to “Ronnie Drake”
He went on to do a lot of his songs from his Cilvia Demo project including “Modest” and “Brad Jordan”.
He closed it out with “RIP Kevin Miller” (which he ripped). If you watch the Ronnie Drake video and then this one, you can see the drastic change in the energy level of the crowd. It was getting WILD.
Finally, the time had come: @ScHoolBoyQ.
A chant started somewhere in the crowd, Q! Q! Q! Q! Q! and before we knew it, from somewhere behind the stage, out came @ScHoolBoyQ to “F*ck LA”.
At its conclusion, Q addressed the crowd, “Charlottttee, what the f*ck is up?!?!” The crowd was going APE at this point. Q went on to throw down an amazing setlist that inlcuded songs from Habits & Contradictions, Oxymoron and a few verses from other artists’ songs. I may have missed one here or there in the madness, but I managed to get the majority of it:
1. F*ck LA
2. Hands on the Wheel
3. What They Want
4. How We Feeling
5. Druggy Wit Hoes Again
6. Hell Of a Night
7. Collard Greens
9. Blind Threats
11. There He Go
12. Brand New Guy verse (A$AP Rocky)
13. Maad City cover (Kendrick Lamar)
14. Work (Remix) verse (A$AP Ferg)
16. Break The Bank
17. Yay Yay
18. Man Of The Year
19. Oxymoron – encore performance
*I think “Hoover St” was in there somewhere as well.
Simply put, this show was one of the wildest shows I’ve ever been too. I could post videos on here for days, but I think the two that best illustrate how crazy it was are his cover for for Kendrick’s “m.A.A.d City” and when he performed his last song, “Man of the Year”. To set up “m.A.A.d City”, Q talked about how he got a call from Kendrick one day as K.Dot was in the process of making GKMC and that he wanted Q to drop by the studio to do some ad-libs. Q came by and while recording did his “YAK” sound. Kendrick was like “whoa, hold up, do that again”. So he did. And the rest is history.
I do realize that there’s a solid 15-20 seconds of footage of the ceiling. For that, I apologize. If you can bear through it though, you’ll see exactly what I’m trying to get across.
I gained a lot of respect for Schoolboy Q after seeing this show. I know for a fact that the tour he’s on has been extremely draining both mentally and physically and he came to Charlotte bringing his A game. Another reason I say this is due to the fact that during the show Q stopped the music and spoke to the crowd prior to doing “Break The Bank”. He told us straight up that he was flat broke 3 years ago and considered himself a loser. He talked about how he kept trying to make music and how his friends just laughed at him. And well, the rest I managed to catch on video:
It’s no wonder that the show was sold out. Artists like these that appreciate the fans get nothing but love and support in return. That said, it was an awesome show. If you have the opportunity to see Q some time I fully encourage you to do so. It will be well worth your while. Have a good week kids, hopefully I’ll see y’all at the next show.