Following their respective releases of 4Eva Is a Mighty Long Time and Beach House 3, both Big K.R.I.T. and Ty Dolla $ign announced supporting tours that would span across the continental United States, each with more than 25 tour dates.
There just so happened to be 4 tour dates in which both artists would be playing at the same venue at the same time. Conveniently, 2 of those 4 tour dates were in North Carolina. One in Raleigh, and one in Asheville. It had been a few years since I last visited The Orange Peel in Asheville, but it felt like I was due for a trip. I hit up one of my boys (what up Wes!) and we both agreed to make the trip and planned out the logistics.
Fast forward past our road trip, and we were in Asheville on Tuesday, March 27th. We started the day off in the late afternoon by brewery hopping around the city. We started at Wicked Weed, which conveniently backs right up to the Orange Peel. We were enjoying our first beer when K.R.I.T. and Ty$ both began to run through their sound checks inside, which were easily heard from where Wes and I were at. I got hype just hearing that.
We made a few more stops at Burial Beer Company, the Green Man Brewery, and finally came to White Duck Taco for dinner – all awesome spots. At this point, we were completely fueled up and ready to go, so we headed on over to the Orange Peel. It didn’t even take long to get through the line and security, despite the show selling out. The crowd had for the most part already assembled itself around the front of the stage, but the vantage points were great from pretty much anywhere inside. We checked our coats, got some beers, and made our way back.
The first act to come out was Childish Major. I recognized the name from his production – notably UOENO and 4YEO – however, I wasn’t aware that he began a career now as a rapper. As far as openers go, he did a pretty decent job. His most recent project Woo$ah features DRAM, 6lack, SZA and Isaiah Rashad, and is worth checking out. I wasn’t familiar with his solo work so I kind of just tried to take it all in. The set was fairly short though, so I’ll be going back to check his material again.
Next up, GOOD Music signee CyHi The Prynce. I started following CyHi back in college, especially after the release of Royal Flush 2. I loved that tape. The puns and clever wordplay really got me into his music, and since that point I’ve kept tabs on CyHi as the years have gone by. He’s put out a number of mixtapes since that point, and most of them have been pretty well received by critics and fans alike. His rumored debut album seemed like it would never drop, however this past year, it finally did. No Dope on Sundays gave CyHi his first major release, although in my own personal opinion, it wasn’t his best work. That said, his set was pretty solid. The majority of it was new material from his recent album, although he did go back and play some of the mixtape cuts from some of the old heads like myself, including “Cold as Ice” and “Far Removed”. It was really nice to finally see CyHi showcase his talents as a wordsmith.
Next up, KRIZZLE. I’ve been a long time supporter of Big K.R.I.T.’s music. His soulful melodies and country fried bars are like chicken soup for mah heart, mah soul. His mixtapes are undoubtedly all fire. They’re honestly so good. I’d probably have to lean KRIT Wuz Here as my favorite, but it’s not an easy choice. He hasn’t quite tasted as much of the commercial success that some of his peers have, but I don’t think that means his music isn’t as good by a long shot. In fact, I think the opposite. The majority of KRIT’s material is better than that of his peers. And as far as I’m concerned, 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time is a dark horse contender for 2017 AOTY. KRIT came out to “Big Bank” and the place went nuts. I remember initially hearing it when I first got the album and I got the same vibes as I did when I first heard “Country Sh*t”. KRIT didn’t stop there, and went on to perform a lot of his newer material, including – “Subenstein” and “1999”, some of his older material – “Just Touched Down” and “Mt. Olympus” – and then closed things down with some of his slower, more meaningful songs “Mixed Messages”, “Drinking Sessions” and “Justin Scott”. You could feel the emotion in his voice on those ending songs. His delivery was spot on (per usual) and he did not disappoint.
Following an intermission, Ty Dolla $ign was the final act. KRIT and Ty$ both make drastically different sounding types of music although they’re both underneath the hip-hop/rap umbrella – both great in their own right. The scheduling of KRIT before Ty$ was definitely a good move though. KRIT has a few upbeat songs in his catalogue, although not too many that you might consider “bangers”. A lot of his music has meaning, touches on social injustice, focuses on his storytelling ability, etc. whereas Dolla $ign has a lot more music you can turn up to. And that’s exactly what we all do when he came onto the stage right out of the gate to “Don’t Judge Me”, the Mike Will Made It produced track with features from Future and Swae Lee. That song goeeees. Ty kept the crowd going as he played hit after hit, including “Paranoid”, “Or Nah”, “Irie”, “Droptop In the Rain”, “Lil Favorite”, and “Blasé”. Towards the end of the night, it appeared that Ty would be closing his set out with a solo guitar performance of “Horses In the Stable”. He finished, said goodnight, and walked off to the side of the stage as Post Malone’s “Psycho” was playing, on which Ty$ is featured. A good bit of the crowd cleared out, and I actually don’t blame them because this was a lengthy concert, but that allowed Wes and I to get right to the front of the stage. Ty$ rapped his verse on “Psycho” then came back out and told us about a new song, “Pineapple” that would be dropping in a few days. (At the time of this post, the song has dropped and is available everywhere and features Gucci Mane & Quavo). It was a nice preview of what was to come though and a great way to send us off with a bonus cut.
If you have the availability to see either of these guys before they begin to conclude their tours, you should definitely do yourself a solid and go check them out.