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



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.


Mac Miller – The G00D:AM Tour

Fresh off the release of his third studio album, GOOD:AM, Mac Miller announced that he would be launching a US tour to promote his new LP. Thankfully, one of the stops listed was in Charlotte, NC.

GOOD:AM - Album Cover

GOOD:AM – Album Cover

GOOD:AM US Tour Dates

I’ve only seen Mac once before, when he was hardly known in the mainstream hip-hop audience. 4 years ago, he opened for Wiz Khalifa on the Green Carpet Tour at the Red Oak Amphitheatre in Raleigh, NC. I was only a year removed from college at the time and still made frequent visits back to my old stomping grounds, so this concert was just an excuse to get back to Raleighwood to have a good time with some friends.

Flash forward 4 years, and Mac’s stardom has grown exponentially. His 4th mixtape, KIDS, really got him into the spotlight back in 2010 and since then he’s released mixtape upon mixtape along with 2 critically acclaimed albums, not including his newest release, GOOD:AM.

As many people are well aware, Mac is a Pittsburgh, PA native. He went to the same highschool as Wiz Khalifa (Taylor Allderdice HS) and later got a record deal with Rostrum Records, who Wiz was also signed with. Initially, I think a number of listeners felt that he was riding Wiz’s coat tails to a degree, but he has more than proven any doubters wrong since that time. Mac has truly carved out a role for himself in the hip-hop world and continues to impress with his clever punchlines and melodic flows.

Now then, on to the show. I arrived on site about 30 minutes before doors even opened and the line to get in was already 150-200 people deep. I knew it wold be a packed house, but had no idea that it would be this packed. Instead of waiting it out in the general admission line, I called an audible at the box office and opted to get a fast pass. This $10 magical coupon gets you in a separate line to get in, before anyone else. It proved to be $10 well spent. A few of my friends met me there at about that same time, and the waiting game began until doors opened.

Once the doors did open, we made a beeline to the center of the audience. Your standard house music and milling around went on for a bit while the crowd continued filing in. Eventually, a DJ came to the stage and announced the first opener was coming to the stage: Choo Jackson. I’ve never heard of Choo Jackson prior to this show, but the guy had some serious energy. The crowd was so ready to turn up, the moment the first song started people were instantly jumping up and down. Choo played a few songs and eventually gave way to Michael Christmas – another guy I have never heard of. Like Choo, Christmas was very energetic and crowd-friendly. He did a great job getting the crowd to interact with him and had a natural stage presence. The final opener was a duo named Earth Gang – yet another act I hadn’t heard of. (This trend just let me know I need to get out from under a rock and listen to some more up and comers). Like the previous acts, this group had the crowd bouncing and did a great job setting the stage for Mac. All 3 acts really did a great job entertaining the crowd and I think they each have the potential to achieve great things in this industry with the work ethic that they displayed this past Tuesday night.

And speaking of Mac, his time had finally descended upon us. The stage was set, the lights dimmed, and the song “Loud” began to play over the speakers. Have a look:

The crowd went APE – to the point of some pushing/shoving and even some lighthearted moshing for the boys up front. I had severely underestimated the kind of show that Mac would be putting on. I did not expect that kind of energy. At. All. Mac continued on with a set list that spanned almost every one of his better known projects. There were songs from KIDS, Blue Slide Park, Best Day Ever, Faces, WMWTSO, and obviously GOOD:AM.

Here’s the set list:

1. Loud
2. Watching Movies
3. Bird Call
4. Insomniak
5. Doors
6. Brand New

7. 100 Grandkids
8. Red Dot Music
9. Nikes On My Feet – A personal favorite of mine. This song is a classic.

10. In The Bag
11. Rush Hour
12. Weekend
13. Clubhouse
14. Donald Trump
15. Diablo
16. Break The Law
17. Objects in the Mirror
18. ROS
19. Onaroll
20. Lucky Ass B*tch
21. When In Rome


22. Frick Park Market
23. Cut the Check
24. Best Day Ever

It took Mac roughly an hour and a half to perform all of these songs, and he put everything he had into each one of them. The energy in the room was undeniable, and I left the venue with a solid sweat going. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many stops left on this leg of the tour, so if Mac is coming to your city and you have a chance to go, do it. I underestimated Mac. Learn from my mistake and don’t do the same thing.

Mac Miller

Mac Miller

Until next time!

PS – Future and Ty Dolla $ign are coming to Charlotte together in March! LETS GET IT!! #FutureHive.

PSS – Shoutout to the The Fillmore Charlotte for always bringing great artists through the city. Thank you.

Future shuts down Amos’ Southend, #Honest-ly

Fresh off of his sophomore album release this past April, rapper Future announced that he would be headlining the #HonestTour in various cities across the United States, aptly named for his album of the same title, Honest. Of these tour dates, June 10th, 2014 would be hitting Charlotte, NC at Amos’ Southend. Not only that, but up and coming rapper Que (known for his street anthem “OG Bobby Johnson”) and crossover sensation Rico Love would be his supporting acts.

#HonestTour Poster

#HonestTour Poster

For those who might not know who exactly Future is, he’s an Atlanta, GA native who managed to make a name for himself by flooding the streets with projects throughout 2010-2012 that included the Streetz Calling and Astronaut Status mixtapes, which really grabbed the attention of hip-hop followers nationwide. On top of that, Future’s unique sound which encompasses his ability to rap as well as sing (albeit auto-tuned) have given him a leg up on the competition. Once he started to get the attention that he rightly deserved, he capitalized on it by releasing notable singles including “Tony Montana” and “Same Damn Time” which subsequently made it onto his debut album, Pluto. In addition to that, Future became arguably the best “hook” artist in the hip-hop/rap genre and further promoted himself by hopping on YC’s hit song “Racks“, which turned into a hit almost overnight – it now has 18+ million views. Since that point, things for Future have snowballed into mainstream success and now it’s almost impossible to not hear his voice on the radio.

This evening also marked the third time in the past two years that Future has performed in Charlotte. He co-headlined the Power 98 SummerFest in August of 2012 at the Uptown Amphitheatre with Ace Hood, Chief Keef & Travis Porter. More recently, he opened for Drake alongside Miguel on the Toronto rapper’s Would You Like a Tour? at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Meanwhile at Amos’ Southend, an unforgettable night was about to begin. I met up with my beautiful girlfriend Amanda and my old time friend from back in elementary school (Reedy Creek!), Elizabeth. We put down a solid pregame session and headed in.

The Ladies

The Ladies

After the standard milling around and house music prior to anyone performing, things started to kick off at around 8:15-8:30pm with Rico Love. He was on stage for roughly 20-25 minutes and performed, among other songs, “B*tches Be Like”, Usher’s “There Goes My Baby” (which he wrote), and “What You Saying” before capping things off with his most recent hit, “They Don’t Know“, which essentially turned the entire venue into one big sing-a-long session.

Rico Love

Rico Love

The crowd was really starting to get warmed up at this point and undoubtedly would have gotten out of control had Que come on to perform his trunk-rattling hit “OG Bobby Johnson“. Unfortunately, he was MIA and never made an appearance. Therefore, another session of house music began between acts that lasted for roughly 30 minutes or so before the main attraction hit the stage. But my oh my, was it worth it.

The lights dimmed, smoke covered the stage. It was time. TURN UP TIME.

The Set

The Set

In less than 30 seconds, Future transformed an otherwise mild crowd into a loosely contained riot, which I was at the forefront of.



The Astronaut

Astronaut Mode

The first song Future performed was “Chosen One”, off of the FBG: The Movie mixtape. From there, the Atlanta native continued to lay down hit after hit as the audience ascended to Pluto, then Mars, at the same damn time.

The set list he went through went something along these lines:

1. Chosen One
2. Karate Chop
3. Gone To The Moon

4. Racks (hook, YC cover)
5. Tony Montana
6. Drug Money (hook, Yo Gotti cover)
7. T Shirt
8. My Momma
9. Honest
10. I Won
11. Magic
12. Itchin’
13. Tapout (hook, Young Money cover)
14. Bugatti (hook, Ace Hood cover)
15. U.O.E.N.O. (hook, Rocko cover)
16. Covered N Money
17. Love Me (hook, Lil Wayne cover)
18. Move That Dope

19. Ain’t No Way Around It
20. Way Too Gone (hook, Young Jeezy cover)
21. Turn On The Lights
22. Loveeeee Song (hook, Rihanna cover)
23. Same Damn Time

24. Sh!t


Future Hendrix

All things considered, this night proved to be a success and Future yet again reiterated why he was a force to be reckoned with in the hip-hop industry. If you somehow managed to miss him last night, you’re not entirely out of luck. Future will be performing tonight at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach if you’re willing to make a drive. It will be well worth your time and he’ll undoubtedly crush the stage, but hey, I’m just being #Honest.

Juicy J – The Never Sober Tour

This past Monday night, Juicy J touched down in Charlotte, NC to make a stop at The Fillmore on the #NeverSoberTour. What ensued was, well….ratchet. But did you really expect anything else from the Juice Man??

The Never Sober Tour

The Never Sober Tour

So here we are a few hours prior to show time, my boy @wnorear and I are crushing some PBR’s getting in the right mindset for the show. It gets to be about that time, and we make our way down to the Fillmore. It was about 6:50pm and doors were opening at 7pm. This is what it was like when we got there:


That same night Miley Cyrus was having a show in Charlotte. However, she cancelled last minute, and you better believe that some of the people underage teenagers that were supposed to go to that show ended up at this one. And since the show was all ages, they got in -___-

Never the less, Me and Wayne got in and re-upped on the beverages.

The other drawback to this show was that there was no Project Pat. This show was originally supposed to be about a month and a half ago, but Juicy cancelled to make an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. So the show gets rescheduled for 4/7 but Project Pat is nowhere to be found. Tight.

The first and only opening act was Charlotte’s own SeniorYr. This was the 3rd time I’ve seen him perform in the past 2-3 months and he’s seriously improved every time I’ve seen him on stage. If you have some time check him out in Shome504’s video: Pick N Roll.



I always enjoy seeing a local make it and I’ll continue to support Senior and the Paperboi movement.

The time had come: Juicy J!!

The lights dimmed low and some music started playing. I couldn’t quite make out what it was at first but then it started sounding familiar. It was something new, something off the Stay Trippy album….Stop It! The bass dropped and out came Juicy J hands waving, chain slangin, getting the crowd HYPE. Everyone around me was jumping up and down losing their minds….I may have been a part of that. It was tight. Juicy went through a few new songs from the Stay Trippy album including “Smokin, Rollin” “All I Blow Is Loud” “Having Sex” and “So Much Money”. He then transitioned to what has been helping his comeback, the pop hit “Dark Horse”. The teenagers went apeshit for this. The next song took not only the teenagers, but everyone to the next level, his most well known rap track “Bandz A Make Her Dance”. The turn up was happening. He went on to do “Scholarship” and before I knew it, he was doing “Stay Fly” from his days with Three 6 Mafia! This is a personal favorite of mine, I recall many a night in high school blasting this with my boys. It was perfect. He also did “Poppin My Collar”, “Sippin on some Sizzurp” and “Slob on my Knob” before getting back to his newer joints, which included another personal favorite of mine, “Zip & A Double Cup”.

After this song Juicy cranked it to 11. He called out for 10 of the finest ladies from the crowd to come on up and do a little twerkin. Juicy went on to do “She Dancin” and his verse from Wale’s “Clappers” to provide the music to this twerk session.

I just hope Juicy’s security was checking ID’s before they let some thots backstage.

He went on to perform “23”, “Drugged Out”, his verse from Future’s “Shit (Remix)”, “Blow Out” and his verse from B.o.B’s “Still In This Bitch”.
The last few songs included “Riley”, “Get Higher”, “Show Out” and finally “Bounce It”, which he got down into the crowd to perform.

All in all, the Juice Man delivered. The next day was a serious struggle though lawddddd. And props to the Fillmore for having a sellout crowd here.


Sold Out Crowd

Sold Out Crowd

Until next time, stay trippy my friends.

Drake #WouldYouLikeATour

So this is a tad late, but for my birthday Amanda got me tickets to Drake’s Would You Like A Tour concert here in Charlotte, NC. What she didn’t tell me was that they were FLOOR seats. Mind. Blown. She’s a shoe in for GF of the year.

We were about 10-12 rows back from the front of the stage. And here I thought we would be in like the stands. Wrong. We had a few beers to get the night started off right and before we knew it, it was time for the show to start. Future was up first. Let me go ahead and say that I was probably more excited for Future than for Drake. Maybe not, but it was close. I love Future because he will get you so TURNT UP, no question about it. And I have to say I was on Pluto when he came up FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE STAGE to “No Games” by Rozay. He went through about every song he has on the radio right now, whether it was just a hook or the entire song. I know he did “Tony Montana”, “Karate Chop”, “Turn On The Lights” – during which the arena lights cut off and all you could see were people’s cell phone lights, “Honest”, “Racks”, “Bugatti”, “I Wanna Be With You” and “UOENO”. He was exactly what the crowd needed right off the bat, high energy. The place was buzzing with anticipation.

Next up was Miguel and to be completely honest, I could’ve cared less. Miguel isn’t exactly my cup of tea I guess you could say. Never the less, I’m not gonna hate on him. He is a solid entertainer and he had the crowd (women) singing along with him to “Adorn” and “How Many Drinks”. He also did a sick dance routine that was Michael Jackson-esque complete with a moonwalk and split.

After Miguel was done and after the 15-20 mins the stage hands needed to get the full stage it was finally time. Drizzy. October’s Very Own. Wheelchair Jimmy. The place exploded when he appeared at the top of a halo looking stage to “Tuscan Leather”. He went on to perform basically the entire Nothing Was The Same album. Throughout he would perform other songs he’s charted with such as his verse from French’s “Pop That”, Migos’ “Versace” and Khaled’s “I’m On One”.

Drizzy then dediced to treat us all to a nice surprise – Ms. Jhene Aiko. They performed “Come Thru” and “From Time” together. She has some pipes.

What I didn’t expect after that was an encore performace from Future, who came back out and set the place off when he did “Same Damn Time”. I had a video of it on my phone but it basically looks like it was in the washing machine’s spin cycle because I’m jumping up and down so much just losing my mind.

Drake even brought his two nieces out on stage and sang “Hold On, We’re Going Home” to them and it was so damn cute.

The biggest surprise however was a catwalk that lowered from the ceiling and connected to the stage so that Drake could literally walk out over the entire floor section and he then spent the next 10-15 mins calling out different fans in the stands and thanked everyone for coming out. It was really cool to me that he took that kind of time out to address the fans personally and make their night even more special.



After all of these cameos Drizzy finished up the show putting down bangers like “HYFR”, “The Motto”, “All Me” and he ended the show with my personal favorite “Started From The Bottom”. During the last song the video in the background showed clips of Drake from a young age and they concluded the song with fireworks. It was amazing. He put on a show that I will not forget.

He’s continuing this tour all across America, peep the dates below.

Would You Like A Tour?

Would You Like A Tour?



After a 2 week hiatus, your boy is back. There’s a lot to catch up on that’s gone down in the hip-hop community in the last two weeks so let’s just get to it.

One track I have in heavy rotation currently is “U.O.E.N.O.” by Rocko featuring Future and Rick Ross. this past week this track caught a lot of negative attention for some lyrics Rozay dropped that may have referenced date rape: “Put Molly all in her champagne, she aint’ even know it. I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it”

Whether you think the song does or doesn’t reference date rape, Reebok, who sponsors the Teflon Don, took no chances and dropped him almost immediately.

This has also led to multiple remixes being released with Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky so the song can get radio play. Rocko has however confirmed that whenever he performs the song it will in fact be the original edition with Ross’ lyrics. Whatever the case, I would suspect an official remix to drop in the coming weeks where they kind of put all the pieces together.

If you’d like to download this song individually or get the whole tape, LiveMixtapes has Rocko’s “Gift of Gab 2” available for free download here:

“Rocko: Gift of Gab 2”



One of the most anticipated mixtapes to drop this year, “King Remembered In Time” by Big KRIT dropped this past Wednesday 4/10. After dropping his debut album Live From the Underground this past year, KRIT continues to impress with this mixtape, all the while staying true to his southern roots. Similar to J. Cole, KRIT produces mostly all of the tracks he uses himself, although 9th Wonder did step in and assist him on this tape on “Life Is A Gamble”, in which KRIT takes a long look in the mirror and evaluates where he’s currently at in his life and where he’s come from, touching on a few obstacles he has had to overcome – a theme we’re used to seeing from KRIT. Real hip-hop.

Faitful KRIT listeners know how his style of music and how it fits into the framework of today’s Hip-Hop scene. And although he dropped an album last year, KRIT hasn’t necessarily seen the mainstream success that others have (Kendrick for one). I think for that reason, some more well known features were added to this tape. Trinidad Jame$ hops on the track “My Trunk” and the bass stays knockin. T. Jame$ has BLOWN UP the rap scene with his hit single “All Gold Everything” and following his success of that single he has appeared on multiple notable mixtapes including Wale’s “Folarin”, Curren$y’s “New Jet City”, Travis Porter’s “Mr. Porter” and now #KRIT. Big KRIT continues to deliver with his raw and rapid flow listeners are accustomed to hearing and his lyricism and wordplay actually enhance the track, as opposed to others in the game who rely on a beat to carry their song.

Wiz Khalifa and the “Kush God” Smoke DZA hop on “Only One (King Remembered In Time)” in which all three rappers seem to just float over this beat. The verse by Wiz is actually pretty reminiscent of the Pittsburgh native before his mainstream success. If you got em, light em to this one.

Another notable feature was Future on “Just Last Week”. Future continues to be a monster for the hooks and the blend of the two together on this track meshes well. Although the track on this mixtape was just over 1 minute and 40 seconds, I think there may be a chance this appears on KRIT’s next LP. If it doesn’t, I’m not sure why only the snippet was given to us.

All in all, this mixtape is a must have for anyone who considers themself to be a hip-hop fan. Big KRIT continues to impress with this tape which has a great blend of songs. He still represents the south to the fullest has cemented himself as one of the best in the game. We give this tape an 8.5/10 and can’t wait to see what his 2nd album will have in store for us.

“Download Link: Big KRIT – King Remembered In Time”