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].
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 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!