Young Jeezy sells out the Fillmore!

In most of my most recent posts, I’ve been including a brief description of the artist I would be talking about as well as a description of their style, material and stage presence/showmanship.

Point blank: If you need to know these things about Young Jeezy, you’ve come to the wrong place. Jizzle has held down the dirty south rap scene for the past decade and if you need to know anything more, google.com can help you out.

It had been a long 4 years since the first time I got to see the Snowman perform, but I can remember it like it was yesterday. In 2010 the hit single “Ballin” had just come out and was getting people what we now call, “turnt up”. I was fortunate enough to make it to a show and witness that phenomena with my boy Lon Petrini right at the very place I would be going tonight – The Fillmore, right off of Seaboard St. in my hometown of Charlotte, NC.

JEEZY

JEEZY

I didn’t waste any time and got to the Fillmore before doors opened to ensure I got a front right view for Jizzle. Now, I’ve been to shows where you have to wait for a couple acts to open the show up, whether that’s a DJ, rapper, or something else. Tonight was a little different. There was no opening act. There was a single DJ who had to play for about 2 hrs. before the Snowman made his appearance. I have to admit, that was ridiculous. But for every minute of waiting, Jeezy made up for it, and then some. The stage was set up with 3 different screens that rotated between Jeezy’s signature angry snowman and the words “Seen It All” with DJ Kutt Throat behind the center screen in the DJ Booth.

When the time had finally descended upon us, the lights dimmed down and DJ Kutt Throat let us know that temperature had just dropped to 17.5 degrees, it was now snowing. And right then out came Jeezy to “1/4 Block” fresh off his new album, Seen It All: The Autobiography.

I wasn’t quite sure what to really expect outside of songs from his new album since the tour was in fact named after it. Jeezy wasn’t playin around. He put on a show that lasted for at least an hour and a half that set the sellout crowd of 2,000 OFF. He played new songs, classic hits and street anthems that the crowd sang back in unison at the top of their lungs. This set list was even better than I could imagine. Check it out:

1. 1/4 Block
2. Black Eskimo
3. Me OK
4. Holy Ghost
5. Get Ya Mind Right
6. Trap or Die
7. Go Crazy
8. Trap Star
9. Dem Boyz verse – Boyz N Da Hood
10. Bang
11. Bottom of the Map
12. My Hood
13. Leave You Alone
14. Smoke & Fuck
15. Takin It There
16. Tear It Up
17. Soul Survivor
18. Go Getta
19. I Luv It
20. Put On

21. SupaFreak
22. Lose My Mind
23. Who Dat
24. Get Allot
25. Dey Know remix verse – Shawty Lo
26. Geeked Up remix verse – Fabo
27. My Nigga verse – YG
28. RIP
29. Way Too Gone
30. I Do
31. Been Gettin Money
32. Beez Like
33. Everythang
34. 4 Zones
35. Seen It All

And as if this wasn’t enough, when Jeezy ended and walked off the stage, the crowd began to chant: JEEZY. JEEZY. JEEZY.

And the snowman delivered. An encore performance included:

36. J.E.E.Z.Y.
37. Air Forces

Afterward, the lights came on and before Jeezy left for real, he addressed the crowd and shared some inspiring words encouraging us to chase our dreams and not to let the little things get in the way of that. It doesn’t matter where you come from or where you’ve been, you can do anything you put your mind to. And with that, the Snowman was gone.

Mr. 17.5

I know I pump up a lot of these shows that I review, but seriously go see Jeezy if you can. When he plays the combination of his new material as well as the songs you still know word for word from high school that you used to blast in your Corolla, you’ll know exactly why I recommend seeing him so much. Check the tour list below.

Seen It All Tour Dates

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Big K.R.I.T. Kicks Off The Pay Attention Tour With a Bang

Anyone who lives in the southeast and claims to be a hip-hop head will know Big K.R.I.T. He doesn’t necessarily have the mainstream appeal that radio stations are looking for which may limit the exposure the public has of him, but he’s been putting out high quality, soul-filled music for a number of years now that has undeniably landed him in the company of the elite in hip-hop today. The way I look at it, if you were mentioned by Kendrick Lamar in his “Control” verse that almost shut down the internet last August, you’re a household name in the rap community and a part of a small group of individuals who will be responsible for the direction of the hip-hop genre as a whole for the foreseeable future. I don’t think K.R.I.T. takes that lightly and that is evident in the amount of time and effort he puts into creating his music – writing, recording and producing – which in turn makes a product that leaves you just wanting more. Furthermore, by staying true to his southern roots and heritage, K.R.I.T. has managed to carve out his own distinct lane in the hip-hop genre that is paralleled by none.

Now, on to the show.

Upon arriving to Amos Southend I wasn’t surprised to see the lines extending around the corner and down the road a few hundred yards. He might not be a household name yet, but Charlotteans were no stranger to Big K.R.I.T. He’s performed in the Queen City at least 3 times in the past two years or so and has yet to let anyone down. Once inside, I managed to get some primetime “seating” at the center of the stage a few rows back. There were a number of local artists that opened – including The Koolest, Stranger Day, and Charlotte’s own Elevator Jay – with DJ Dexter Dynamite on the 1’s and 2’s. If you have some time, check these guys out and give them a listen.

Next up was Two-9. Now I don’t claim to know a lot about them, but from what I gather, they’re a hip-hop collective from Atlanta, GA that is essentially a dirty south Wu-Tang Clan. I do, however, have the Danco James mixtape that Curtis Williams just dropped so I’m somewhat familiar with him. It seemed he was the lead artist of the group, as he donned a black leather jacket and some wild hair held back by a bandana – Jimmy Hendrix-esque if you will. They played to a crowd who seemed to have a mixed reaction to their music, but all in all it was pretty entertaining. I did have a chance to talk to Curtis a little after the show, but unfortunately didn’t have time to get a photo – I told him that I wanted to hear “Shenanigans” from his latest tape and he was like “aww yeah” and then did the Metro Boomin tag “Metro Boomin want some more N*gga!”.

Curtis Williams

Curtis Williams

Finally, after hours of anticipation, K.R.I.T. was set to perform. DJ DiBiase was set up at the DJ booth, whose front was now a Cadillac grille with dimly flashing purple lights. Some smoke filled the stage floor and out came Krizzle to “King Without A Crown”. All hell broke loose. The crowd was rapping word for word with K.R.I.T. and jumping up and down in unison with the beat. It felt like some kind of southern fried, soulful earthquake going on and I was in the center of it. K.R.I.T. played for close to an hour and half, doing songs from almost every project he’s dropped in the last 4 years in preparation for his upcoming album, Cadillactica (that will be dropping on November 11th of this year). I got down the majority of the set list and listed the projects they came from:

King Without a Crown (King Remembered In Time)
Country Shit (K.R.I.T. Wuz Here)
Talkin’ Bout Nothin (King Remembered In Time)
Somethin’ Right (See Me On Top Vol. 4)
New Agenda (See Me On Top Vol. 4)
Lac Lac (Week of K.R.I.T.)
Rotation (Return of 4Eva)
Riding Dirty (See Me On Top Vol. 4)
My Trunk (King Remembered In Time)
Believe Me Freestyle (See Me On Top Vol. 4)
My Sub (Return of 4Eva)
Only One (King Remembered In Time)
Temptation (4Eva N A Day)
Pay Attention (Lead Single – Cadillactica)
Mind F*ck (See Me On Top Vol. 4)
Cool To Be Southern (Live From The Underground)
Rapped some UGK “Sippin on Sizzurp”
Return of 4Eva w/ Big Sant (K.R.I.T. Wuz Here)
Made Alot w/ Big Sant (Return of 4Eva)
Pull Up w/ Big Sant (Live From The Underground)
How U Luv That w/ Big Sant (King Remembered In Time)
I Got This (Live From The Underground)
Just Last Week (King Remembered In Time)
R.E.M. (King Remembered In Time)
The Vent (Return of 4Eva)
Mt. Olympus (See Me On Top Vol. 4/Cadillactica)

From the minute Krizzle stepped on stage and the music came on, you were immersed in the sound and the feel of it all – the beats, the lights, the energy – it was more of an experience than it was a concert. It truly was an amazing show and I would highly encourage anyone with the possibility of seeing it to do so.

The Pay Attention Tour Dates

The Pay Attention Tour Dates

KRIT

KRIT

Lastly, when I did purchase my tickets, I did happen to buy one that included a VIP meet & greet after the show’s conclusion. Security wasn’t particularly thrilled with everyone hanging around after the show and limited the amount of time you had to talk to Krizzle, but I did manage to tell him that I loved his music and that he put on a great show. He was very thankful and appreciated me coming out to support him. We took a photo and before I had to go I managed to ask him if we as fans could expect Country Cousins to come anytime soon.For those who don’t know, this is a joint project with Yelawolf that has been rumored to be coming for some time now with no set release date. K.R.I.T. replied, “We’re each doing our own thing right now and we’re each in our own space, but yea we’ll definitely be putting it out at some point.” It’s not like I got a release date or anything for it, but it was more than I was expecting to hear. And now as I write this, I am genuinely excited for that project too, on top of Cadillactica.

Krizzle & Myself

Krizzle & Myself

A Night with Lil Dicky aka Mr. Firm Handshake aka Slim Boner aka White Jesus aka Mr. Leftward Sloping Penis

A few weeks back while I was killing some time at work, I stumbled across the list of upcoming shows at the Neighborhood Theatre. Much to my surprise, I saw Lil Dicky’s name on the list. I had to look again to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. From there I went to his webpage to make sure I was actually, really reading this correctly and what do you know? The kid just announced his debut tour, “The Professional Rapper Tour”. At that point it wasn’t even a question of if I could go; I knew I would be there.

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Fast forward a few weeks and I’m outside the Neighborhood Theatre at 6:30pm with my friend Cory and his roommate Gus. Why you ask? The 3 of us purchased some VIP meet & greet tickets to chop it up with LD. And unlike any other meet & greet ticket I’ve had before, this included a pre-show pizza party. WHAT. Yea. Pizza. Mmmmm.

We got our tickets and went in and even before dinner began, we were given some hats (free swag) and greeted by none other than Mr. David Bird aka Deezus. After some general small talk including where we were from, how the tour was going etc. we had a few laughs with LD when it came to the topic of jerseys. The 3 of us were all sporting some since we knew LD was a sports fanatic like ourselves. We were sporting a Tar Heel Michael Jordan jersey, a Toronto Raptors Vince Carter jersey, and a Michael Jordan Tune Squad jersey – yes, from Space Jam. Incredible. Dicky was pretty impressed and knew right away that we would be the turn up squad – “There’s always a jersey crew”. I then asked him what some of his favorite pieces might be and he threw out a couple of gems, “Toronto Raptors T-Mac, a powder blue KC Royals Bo Jackson, a Jesus Shuttlesworth jersey – from the actual movie – and lastly his KC Chiefs Joe Montana jersey which he said “glistens”. Cory, being a jersey fanatic asked how many jerseys were in his collection. He said about 55 and asked Cory the same question in return. The response, “One hundred”. LD didn’t even miss a beat, “One hundred?? Wow. You’re like twice as hard as me”.

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After some more friendly banter we made our way to the pizza, and eventually down to the stage to see the show begin.

The opening act was surprisingly pretty good and hilarious at the same time – Brody & Choch They were essentially the rap game Key and Peele if that gives any kind of perspective to it. They brought instant energy to the crowd and their punchlines sparked fits of laughter that echoed throughout the Neighborhood Theatre. For example, “I’m not Chewbacca this ain’t my wookie season” and “She was digging my Jedi, put my d*ck in her Yoda” – yes both Star Wars themed rhymes but they fit perfectly with the environment. They know their niche well.

Sidebar: After the show they were cool enough to hang out with us for a few minutes and sign my copy of local magazine Creative Loafing, which they just made the cover of.

The following segment of the show featured DJ Omega as he warmed the crowd up for some LD. You know how it goes: 30-45mins of hot hip-hop songs until the headlining artist comes to the stage.

Finally, the time had come. An intro video started on the projection screen as the ’96 Chicago Bulls introduction music began – you can practically hear it now, *Standing at 5 foot 10 inches* which then transitioned to the soft strings in the beginning of “Jewish Flow” and then out came the kid – full of energy and rocking a teal Charlotte Hornets Larry Johnson jersey, with sweat shorts. Sweat shorts, no typo there.
Dicky went on to do “Staying In” and “How Can I Become a Bawlaa” following “Jewish Flow”, all of which are featured on his debut mixtape, “So Hard”.

Lil Dicky

Lil Dicky

Dicky then previewed a few new tracks for the audience which he advised would be on his upcoming debut album. After that, possibly the greatest rap show moment of my life happened. Dicky was set to perform “White Dude” and grabbed a handful of white guys to get on the stage with him and rap alongside him. I’ll just get as Caucasian as possible – it was epic bro. There really aren’t any other words to describe how awesome it was. After that surreal moment ended, Dicky continued on with the show and performed a new song, “White Crime” which I believe will also be on his upcoming album.
“Sky Hooks” was next, followed by his debut single “Lemme Freak”, which Dicky put an exclamation point on by bringing forth a young lady to the stage who in turn was given a freakishly weird lap dance from LD. It was pretty funny from our perspective. “All K” and “Make Belief” followed to end the show. After thanking everyone for coming out and their support, Dicky did an encore performance of possibly his most well-known song, “Ex-Boyfriend”.

We hung around for a little while after the show and got to talk with LD a little more who was very appreciative for our support and signed a few items for us.

Going in to the night I had no idea what to expect, the way it ended was more than I ever thought it could be. Don’t sleep on the kid – he’s pure entertainment. His tour still has a few more stops around the nation so if you have $15 and would like to hear some quality music and have a few laughs, I’d strongly urge you to go.