The #PurpleReign Tour: Charlotte Edition

Happy Friday everyone. I’m enjoying a lovely rum & coke at the moment and I hope that your evening is going just as swimmingly. To be completely honest, I’m aware that it’s been almost a month since this concert took place. Part of me feels almost guilty for not posting sooner, but a larger part of me doesn’t want to feel obligated to make these posts. Let’s be serious, there probably aren’t but a few dedicated readers anyways – hey Amanda – so from here on out things will be a bit different. I’m going to post reviews after seeing a show for sure, but I’m not going to try to pander to any audience or try to make some kind of clickbait title for views. The days of going to ~20 rap shows a year are behind me. So from here on out, I’m keeping it real. [This would be the ideal time for a Chappelle show clip about when keeping it real goes wrong btw].

Alright, I’m off the soap box, let’s get to the damn thang.

Here we go. 2015 was owned by Future. There’s no doubt about it. The man dropped two critically acclaimed mixtapes in 56 Nights and
Beast Mode, and then followed them up with an unprecedented 3, yes THREE, number 1 albums in DS2, What A Time To Be Alive w/ Drake, and EVOL (not to mention the Purple Reign tape itself). For those counting at home, that is 5 projects in a single calendar year. Some people can’t put out 5 projects in a career – looking at you Dr. Dre.

Needless to say, the hype was really real for the Purple Reign Tour, and rightfully so.

Purple Reign Tour

Purple Reign Tour

A few months back I got a notification from my LiveNation app letting me know that tickets would be going on sale. I was all over it. Yes, I have seen Future perform before, but at that time he was nowhere near as popular as he is today.

Fast forward a few months. April 7, 2015. Showtime is 8pm at The Fillmore, one of my favorite venues. I’m rolling solo, which at this point I’m used to doing. Live music is just worth it in my opinion. Anyways, I showed up about 20 minutes before doors opened and the line was at least 200-250 yards long. Unreal. It didn’t phase me much though, because I had previously purchased a handy dandy “fast pass” from the venue for $10 which essentially provides a separate admission line that gets in before the mile long general admission line. I was tempted to buy a “Meet & Greet” package ticket, but $250 is a little too steep for me, no matter how much I like Future.

So inside the venue we go. The show actually didn’t take long to get started, which was nice. Lil Donald was the first act out. I won’t front at all, I’ve never heard of Lil Donald before that night. I learned he was signed to Freebandz though, so he’s got that going for him. He did a few songs and the crowd was cool with him.

The next performer I was very familiar with, Ty Dolla $ign. Most people got familiar with Ty following the success of his hit single, “Paranoid”. I will humble brag and say that I was a fan a little before that, mainly because of his affiliation with YG, who I love. I think everyone is familiar with the song “Toot It & Boot It” though, which is where Ty really got his start, even if nobody really knew who he was back then.

Ty came out looking super casual and put together the following setlist:

1. Familiar
2. Dead Presidents
3. Violent
4. Irie
5. Only Right w/ TeeCee4800
6. Toot It & Boot It
7. You & Your Friends
8. Play No Games
9. Sitting Pretty
10. Or Nah
11. Paranoid
12. Saved
13. Blasé

Ty held it down, especially for an opener. I would almost venture to call him a co-headliner. I skipped seeing Ty about a year ago at Amos’ Southend in Charlotte, so it really was a treat to see Ty AND Future in the same night.

Dolla $ign!

Dolla $ign!

After Ty’s set, house music filtered back through the speakers at a reasonable level and general conversation filled the venue. After some time, the stage was set for Fewtcha. The lights dimmed, and the backdrop of 3 split screens began to show a steady sea of purple waves. Anticipation was rising, and ultimately, our boy came out to grace the stage. After at least 2 hours since most of us entered the venue, we were ready to turn up. At first, there was a faint sound of music playing. It gradually got louder, and ultimately you heard the beginning of “Thought It Was a Drought” playing. Future ran through a brief introduction to the crowd, but the crowd could have cared less. We went word for word over the intro to the song until the beat dropped at which point all hell broke loose, in a good way of course.

Future put down a set list that was pretty amazing. It consisted of:

1. Thought it was a Drought

2. Move That Dope
3. Same Damn Time
4. Karate Chop
5. Monster
6. My Savages
7. Peacoat
8. Lay Up
9. Where Ya At
10. I Serve the Base
11. Blood on the Money
12. Stick Talk
13. Freak Hoe
14. Blow a Bag
15. Rotation
16. Slave Master

At this point, we had gone through a number of hits, and Future needed a break to get some water/hydrate/hit the gas, etc. Whatever he was doing, we had ourselves a guest MC enter the stage to keep us entertained, DJ Esco, who was donning a fitting #2 Charlotte Hornets Larry Johnson jersey.

DJ Esco

DJ Esco

Esco played a number of current radio hits for 10-15 minutes and ultimately gave the mic back up to Future, who continued to light things up, and he started the 2nd portion of the show with a bang, by bringing Ty back out of stage to perform Blasé, together. It was lit. Ty even leapt from the stage into the welcoming arms of fans, who lost it.

17. Blasé w/ Ty Dolla $ign
18. Real Sisters
19. The Percocet & Stripper Joint
20. Trap N*ggas
21. F*ck Up Some Commas
22. Diamonds Dancing
23. Jersey
24. I’m The Plug
25. Jumpan

26. March Madness
27. All Right
28. Wicked
29. Perkys Calling
30. Purple Reign

Fewtcha!

Fewtcha!

And with that final performance, Future bid us adieu and left the stage. The venue’s lights came back on, and people started filtering out into the brisk night air. What they didn’t know, was that Future wasn’t done. After a few minutes, he came back out on stage and gave an encore performance consisting of:

31. Low Life
32. Honest
33. Chosen One
34. Love Me

It was a solid hour and a half performance, and Future certainly delivered. He put down a great performance and earned every cent that he made that evening. My only criticism would be that he didn’t play my personal favorite, “Gone to the Moon”. I get it though. With his current buzz, most of his fans these days don’t even know that song because it’s so old. Fortunately, I can say I’m lucky enough to have seen it performed before, so there was no real damage done.

All in all, it was a great show, and I’m really glad that I made the effort to go see Future perform. I won’t say I’ve been a day one Future fan, but as a fan of at least 3 years or so, it is really cool to see him rising up in the hip-hop community and know that you were supporting him back when he was relatively unknown. My humble brag is now done. Point is, if you haven’t seen him and he’s coming to a city near you, get some tickets and make it happen. You won’t regret it.

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@YG – The #MyKrazyLife Tour touches down in Charlotte!

This past Monday night, Bompton’s own @YG headlined his own tour in Charlotte, NC which was named for his debut album that dropped a few weeks ago, My Krazy Life.

My Krazy Life Tour Poster

My Krazy Life Tour Poster

This marked the 3rd time I’ve seen YG perform, but only the first time where he was able to put down an entire set as the headlining artist. The show was going on at my personal favorite venue in Charlotte, the @FillmoreNC. I got there at about 6:45pm when doors opened at 7pm and I was literally the FIRST person in line. I felt like the Xbox achievement status should’ve popped up on my phone screen. Not only that, but I got to chop it up with my man @Senior who was set to open for YG. If you check out the last post regarding the Juicy J show, you’ll notice I showed some support for Senior. This didn’t go unnoticed. Before he left to go inside he told me he would get me a beer. I was like yea, aight. Didn’t think much of it. We’ll come back to that.

Once the doors opened, I went in and grabbed a 24oz. cold one and found a nice spot against the front row railing where I managed to bump into a new friend of mine, @Drizzy_Dre1990, who had come all the way from NC A&T (What up Aggies!) to see his favorite rapper, YG Fo Hunnid. After a few pleasantries and a lot of general hip-hop discussion, it looked like the show was set to begin.

The first act to warm up the crowd was @iamDJLP, who also happened to perform at the Juicy J show – my bad for not including you on that post! At first the crowd was a little quiet – not a ton of people were there yet and people were probably more on the sober side. A few tweets were exchanged between he and myself that cracked me up and as this was going on, the room was filling up and the drinks were starting to flow. By the end of his set, the crowd was ready to go. I know Mustard had dibs on the A$AP Ferg joint, but next time that’s all you!

Next up was Charlotte’s finest, @Senior, accompanied by @NevaMind910 @TPClikeYAK @ArturoGreene90 @alexxKgray and the rest of the Hornets N.E.S.S. I’m pretty sure I spotted @ElevatorJay back there as well. Simply put, these guys hold it down for the Queen City and I encourage anyone reading this blog to check them out. Senior performed his single “Slow Motion” and a number of other songs with @NevaMind910 to keep promoting the #PaperboiWorld movement and put on for Charlotte. Much respect gentlemen.

@Senior

@Senior

@DJMustard was the next on the scene. If you don’t know who he is, C’MON SON! If you listen to virtually any hip-hop/rap station you’re bound to hear at least 3-5 singles that he’s produced. This guy has been with YG from the get go, so it’s only right that he would be DJ’ing YG’s first headlining tour. Mustard came out and started pumping out the jams and you could feel the energy level rising. His last song was K. Camp’s “Cut Her Off (Remix)” which the crowd ate up. Mustard threw out some “Mustard On Tha Beat” towels and tees which started a frenzy as well.

Mustard on tha beat hoe!!

Mustard on tha beat hoe!!

Right before YG was set to come out, I felt a bump on my shoulder. Senior found me and handed over an ice cold brew while saying “I’m a man of my word”. I was like wow, you’re awesome. I hope the knuckleheads at Amos’ Southend get things straightened out for Saturday night when @ScHoolBoyQ comes to town because it will be my turn to return the favor my friend.

Finally, It was time. The stage prop, which was previously covered, was now showing a cut out of a house. A house from Bompton. It had graffiti of “Bompton” and “Spruce St” all over it. Smoke started coming out from underneath the front door which soon covered the entire stage, and that’s when we heard it. YG’s momma yelling the Intro to his album, and all of a sudden, BPT!!! YG came out of the front door and the crowd went nuts. Check it Out:

After this, YG went on to do “I Just Wanna Party” from his debut album and then transitioned into a little something unexpected. Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode” came on the speaker system and YG essentially was a hype man for the audience, until he decided to show off a little footwork for our viewing pleasure. This had me cracking up. Please notice the heel clicker at the end too.

After this YG went on to do literally EVERY song from the album except for “When I Was Gone” and the Deluxe Edition tracks. Everything else, was done. And instead of just doing them all in order, YG mixed it up by throwing in some of his previous material including “Up”, “Toot It & Boot It” “I’ma Thug”, and “You Broke”. I was in the middle of turnin up but managed to catch two of my favorites:

And last but not least…and you knew it would end this way…

Another turnt night in the books. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting some new people and listening to some great music and am already looking forward to this Saturday when @ScHoolBoyQ comes to @AmosSouthend with @isaiahrashad @vincestaples and hopefully my boy @Senior to keep it 100 yet again.