Travi$ Scott & Young Thug: The Rodeo Tour

One of the most anticipated tours of 2015 was announced this past January. Rising hip-hop/rap stars Travi$ Scott and Young Thug would be touring together across the United States on the Rodeo Tour, in an effort to promote Travi$ Scott’s upcoming album: Rodeo. Along with them, one of the fasting rising producers in the game, Metro Boomin, would be doing a DJ set prior to those two hitting the stage.

Rodeo Tour

Rodeo Tour

The moment this tour was announced, I knew exactly where I would be on March 17th when the tour came to The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC. No questions asked.

I thought I was being slick getting to the show about an hour early. My plan was to hit a bar or two and toss a few back prior to getting in line. That plan did not last very long. When I got on site around 5:30, a line was wrapped around the block already. Doors were at 7. SEVEN. The hype of this show had certainly gotten around.

I met up with a friend of mine and after a while we managed to get in, and in a decent spot in the crowd. After your typical milling around to house music, a DJ came on to warm things up a little bit. Now I’ve been to a lot of shows over the years but I have never experienced a crowd like this. They turned up to the house DJ. I mean seriously?? A mosh pit was forming in the center of the crowd pretty close to where I would be at and I wanted no part of that madness. So my boy and I noped right on out of there to a place that we thought would be a little less crazy.

Metro eventually came out to a lot of people cheering and started off a dope setlist including tracks he had produced as well as ones he had not. The crowd was definitely feeling him, but you could tell it wasn’t quite all the way turnt yet.

But, that ended when about 30 minutes later Young Thug came out to “2 Cups Stuffed”. The energy people had been holding in came bursting out at this point and they started going wild for the night. I hadn’t seen Thugger Thugger perform prior to this show, but he held the stage down pretty well for himself. He played a number of his classics right off the bat, including his verse on “TF out my Face” and “Hookah” for around 15 mins or so, at which point he gave up the stage to La Flame.

I’ve heard people talk about how Travi$ can perform with so much energy, and those people were not lying. Not a single bit. I honestly don’t know if this guy will have a voice at the end of this tour and I’m sure he’ll need to sleep for at least 3 days straight to get his energy back, because he goes all out during his shows. The first song he played was “Quintana” and my God, I think the rafters were shaking.

The show continued on in about 15 minute intervals between Thugger and La Flame each doing songs until they came to do songs together, including “Mamacita” and “Skyfall” – both of which set the place off. Personally, the highlight for myself was “Upper Echelon”. That song is a certified banger. Take a look:

Right as things were beginning to wrap up, Rich Gang’s founder Birdman made an appearance. This was not expected at all. Now, I’m not a big Birdman fan by any means, but I can get down with the Big Tymers. Birdman dropped “Numba 1 Stunna” and “Still Fly” and it was impossible to not go word for word with those classics. It really was icing on the cake.

All in all, this was a great show and probably the wildest crowd I’ve ever been a part of. Songs were performed from Owl Pharoah, Days Before Rodeo, Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1, 19 & Boomin and various other projects. Thugger and La Flame played all of their hits and were really fun to watch perform. The only knock I have is that Travi$ used autotune for at least the first half of songs he did which was kinda weird. Still, I would encourage anyone who can to go check it out. Even if you’re not a big fan of either artist, the experience itself is worth more than the price of admission. They don’t call it the Rodeo Tour for nothing either, so brace yourselves.

If you might be heading to one of their shows in the future and don’t want to see the set list, stop reading. Otherwise, here you are:

Thugger:

1. 2 Cups Stuffed
2. TF Out My Face verse (Rich Homie Quan cover)
3. Hookah verse (Tyga cover)
4. Free Gucci

Travi$

5. Quintana
6. Sin City (GOOD Music cover)
7. Uptown
8. High Fashion

Thugger:

9. Imma Ride
10. About the Money verse (T.I. cover)
11. Warrior
12. Some More

Travi$

13. All Your Fault (Big Sean cover, Travi$ helped produce this track)
14. Don’t Play
15. Quintana Pt. 2
16. Upper Echelon

Thugger

17. Danny Glover
18. The Blanguage
19. Stoner

Travi$

20. Sloppy Toppy
21. Basement
22. Backyard Freestyle

Thugger

23. Givenchy
24. 730

Travi$

25. Grey
26. Company verse (Drake cover)

Travi$ & Thugger

27. Mamacita
28. Skyfall

Travi$

29. Zombies
30. Nothing But Net

Thugger

31. Lifestyle

Birdman

32. Leather So Soft
33. Numba One Stunna
34. Still Fly

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Upcoming Hip-Hop shows in Charlotte (Feb & March 2015 edition)

What’s up hip hop heads?

Wanted to give you a quick heads up on some shows coming to the Queen City in the next 2 months that might pique your interest.

1. Monday, February 9th: Chris Brown & Trey Songz featuring special guest Tyga at Time Warner Cable Arena. This might not be a bad Valentine’s day idea, just throwin it out there. It will also generate some promotion for Tyga and Chris Brown’s upcoming album, Fan of a Fan: The Album, due to drop February 24th.

Between The Sheets Tour

Between The Sheets Tour

2. Sunday, February 15th: Wale headlines the SIMPLE mobile Simply Nothing Tour at The Fillmore. This show will undoubtedly showcase a few songs from Folarin’s newest mixtape, Festivus and will also serve to promote The Album About Nothing. This show will also feature Bizzy Crook and Audio Push as supporting acts.

SIMPLE Mobile Simply Nothing Tour

SIMPLE Mobile Simply Nothing Tour

3. Saturday, February 21st: PARTYNEXTDOOR is set to embark on his PND Live: World Tour hitting Amos’ Southend in Charlotte. Supporting artists TBA.

PND Live: World Tour

PND Live: World Tour

4. Tuesday, March 17th: Travi$ Scott & Young Thug co-star on the Rodeo Tour coming to The Fillmore with super producer Metro Boomin doing a DJ set. The turn up for this show is going to be absolutely ridiculous. *Big Sean voice* Oh God!

Rodeo Tour

Rodeo Tour

5. Thursday, March 26th: Just announced: Curren$y is coming to perform at The Fillmore and I suspect that this show will be promoting his upcoming album, Pilot Talk 3. No word yet on whether this show is part of a tour or who the supporting artists will be.

Spitta Andretti

Spitta Andretti

That’s all for now, we’ll keep you in the loop with any updates. Hopefully we’ll see y’all at one or more of these shows!

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