Hair Weave Killa Goin on a Trap-A-Thon!

Last Thursday night was simply out of control.

It was an awesome night to say the least. @agcrute and I started our pregame at VBGB in the music factory area around 4:45pm and that is where the turn up began. We met up with our friends @L1zKhalifa and @Flexxx_Luther and started puttin down some drinks. We all got in line around 6ish at which time my boy @CoryRindone33 joined up with us. We made friends with a hilarious guy named Adrien in line (sorry A-Train I have no info on you) and his girl and all proceeded to walk innnnnnnnnn, and TURN UP.

There was a group called Catastrophe that opened up and they were actually quite entertaining. One of the members looked exactly like Katt Williams and another was absolutely killing the choppa city juke. I’ve never heard of them before so I didn’t know any of their songs, but I did happen to wander over to the bar after their performance and bumped into them at which point a picture was taken.

Katt Williams?

Katt Williams?

Catastrophe

Cap 1 was the 2nd act to bless the stage, along with DJ E.Sudd. Anyone who has been listening to Tity Boi for a while knows that Cap 1 is one of his Day 1 guys and Sudd has always been his DJ. Cap 1 did a few of his tracks off his most recent mixtape Caviar Dreams and then did some verses off of some 2 Chainz tracks, most notably “Turn Up” from the T.R.U. REALigion mixtape. If you don’t have that mixtape, well hop on off the failboat and GET IT NOW.

Next up was August Alsina. For those that don’t know, he’s an up and coming hip-hop/R&B type singer from ATL who has gained some radio play for his single “I Luv This Shit” ft. Trinidad James. He has an album coming out on April 15th through Def Jam called Testimony featuring a number of hip-hop heavyweights. He did his set which was mostly songs I hadn’t heard before and finally got to his hit “I Luv This Shit”. Pretty solid performance. I will say that his voice is pretty much like Fergie mixed with Jesus.

August Alsina

August Alsina

I happened to look down at my watch and the next thing I knew, it was time for KING PUSH. The energy level in the room was rising, and quickly at that. Push came out and did a number of tracks including “Blocka”, “Millions”, “Nosetalgia”, “Pain”, “Numbers On The Board”, and my favorite, his verse from the GOOD Music track “Don’t Like”. Later in the show he did come back and perform “Mercy” with 2 Chainz which may be the best group rap song of all time. That song still gets me hype, and probably always will.

Then, a video started to play on the backdrop of the stage that showed images and video clips of some old school rappers while also playing some hip-hop classics like “Ambitionz az a Ridah”, until the screen flashed a few times and the back drop was now showing a silhouette of 2 Chainz in his bedroom and his mom in the next room over. 2 Chainz sits up on his bed and says these few words which are now recognizable everywhere: Momma. MOMMA! You get that money out my pants last night?? At that point all brain function stopped for me and all I knew was TURNUP TURNUP TURNUP! The video will show this much better

For me, the show was everything I wanted it to be. It was LIVE. He played pretty much everything I was hoping he would play. The setlist included (in no particular order):

Fork
I Do It
Duffle Bag Boy
Crack
36
Feds Watching
I Luv Dem Strippers
Riot
Extra
Spend It
Twerk Season
verse from RIP
Netflix
Used 2
Where You Been?
I’m Different
U Da Realest
His verse from Bandz A Make Her Dance
Mercy w/ Pusha T
Birthday Song
No Lie – this was actually an encore performance.

He played for at least an hour, maybe an hour and a half. He was absolutely on point for this show. Here are a few videos I took as well:

Finally, the show had come to an end. However, earlier this week Amanda won tickets through the taxi-like service of Uber (pretty sweet app as well, much like Lyft) which included a MEET & GREET with 2 Chainz!! After the crowd cleared out we were escorted to some of the backrooms of the Fillmore by his staff goons and were in a small waiting room with some other people meeting him. I was shaking with excitement. Amanda walked ahead of me and she told Mr. Epps that she was his mini me, to which he replied “Why?” She said, “It’s because I have on 1 chain and 2 bracelets”! and 2 Chainz giggled. He literally giggled. I came in after this and I’m not sure why this happenend, but i think it was a combination of nerves and a lot of booze. Right before I was about to meet him I just couldn’t think of anything to ask him. And when the time came, I just asked “So did Mike Will smash Miley Cyrus?” and he responded “I don’t know, how I’m supposed to know where my boy penis been?” it was perfect.

2 Chainz!

2 Chainz!

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#SFTC2013 presented by @CoorsLight

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Last night I had the chance to attend one of the best live performances I've seen. Coors Light sponsors a talent search in which judges evaluate local talent in a rap showcase and then determine a winner. This group of judges travels to multiple cities and each regional winner then participates in a competition in NY in which the winner is given $20k, some studio time to make a song in which Bun B lays down a verse, a slot in DJ Drama's next upcoming mixtape, and publicity from Complex magazine.

On June 27th, this event came to Charlotte.

I first heard about it through LiveNation, where I usually get concert/event info from for major acts. The Coors Light Search for the Coldest MC populated in their list of local shows, but you could not purchase tickets to it. I was pretty confused, but the next step was to google it and I came across Power 98's page (local hip-hop station in the Charlotte area). They advertised that they were giving away tickets at a local Walmart from 3-4 pm on the day of. Needless to say I headed straight for it. When I got there I saw the Power 98 tent set up and approached a guy working there who simply gave me tickets when I asked. He then told me that Bun B and DJ Drama would be inside signing autographs (see picture above) and taking photos with people.

HOT DAMN.

I headed inside and he wasn't lying. I was 2nd in line. And i got to meet Bun B and DJ Drama.

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Fast Forward to that night around 7 pm and I was in line outside of the Fillmore in Charlotte with a friend of mine when the doors opened. We headed inside and we greeted with wristbands good for 2 FREE beers. WHAT? This was turning into the best concert ever, and it hadn’t even started. Little did I know it would get much, much better. My boy and I went straight to the front of the venue and were literally in the first row. After DJ Trauma had warmed up the crowd for a while, our host Ice Cube came out and gave us a run down of how it would work. He brought out two local acts, Z Da Matrix and another guy I honestly can’t remember his name. They each laid down a freestyle, a hot 16, and a pre-recorded song that they had previously worked on. After all was said and done, Z Da Matrix took home the belt. But this is where things really turn up.

Last year’s winner, Felony Fame (a Charlotte native) came out to show some love to the crowd. He raised his championship belt and laid down a few songs.

Next up: The H-Town Legend himself – Bun B.

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Bun played CLASSICS. “Draped Up”, “International Player’s Anthem”, his verse from Webbie’s “Girl Gimme That” and “Pushin”.

DJ Drama was next on the scene to provide myself and my friend with some ice cold Coors Lights. No shit. He gave us some beers.

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Ice Cube was next up and he had more energy than almost any performer I’ve seen. He performed “It Was a Good Day”, “Check Yo Self”, “You Can Do It” and a few others I couldn’t catch.

Lastly, the special guest of the evening: Pusha T.

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Pusha KILLED it. He came out of the gates turnt up AF to “Don’t Like” and it didn’t stop there. He played The Clipse classics “Grindin” and “Popeye’s” and then got into some newer stuff like “Mercy”, “Exodus 23:1”, “Millions”, “Blocka” and lastly he performed his brand new single “Numbers on the Boards” which will be on his upcoming album: My Name Is My Name.

This was an experience I will not forget. Coors Light just earned themselves a return customer.

MUST HAVE Upcoming Projects

Touching on the last comment in the previous post, I just wanted to point out some upcoming projects that any avid hip-hop fan is probably going to need to cop in the next couple months.

First up on my list:

June 12th

Summer Knights

Joey Bada$$: Summer Knights

June 18th

Yeezus

Kanye West: Yeezus

Born Sinner

J. Cole: Born Sinner

Watching Movies With the Sound Off

Mac Miller: Watching Movies with the Sound off

June 25th

The Gifted

Wale: The Gifted

July 16th

Pusha T

Pusha T: My Name is My Name

Ace Hood

Ace Hood: Trials & Tribulations

Unscheduled release dates include:

Fabolous: Loso’s Way II: Rise to Power
Big Sean: Hall of Fame
Juicy J: Stay Trippy

This looks to be a very promising summer.

#TheLifeIsSoExcitingTour

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Another concert in the books. Another #TurntUp night that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. This past Thursday, May 2nd, yours truly made the journey to the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC. (#DirtyMyrtle as I’ve come to know it. It’s never a good choice but always the right thing to do).

This time the headliners were Pusha T and Fabolous.

After crushing some red bull vodkas (go juice) and some anxious waiting, it was time. TURNUPTIME. Pusha T came out first and the crowd erupted. Push did mostly new material but he did perform “Popeye’s” originally by the Clipse. His newer songs performed included “Blocka”, “Millions”, “Exodus 23:1” and my personal favorite – his verse from “Mercy”. At that point in time when that beat dropped I entered gorilla mode. The crowd seemed to be in the same mindstate because when the Ric Flair “Woo!” came on the music cut and that’s the only thing you could hear.

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Not to be outdone, Fabolous came out next and was #Niiiiiice. Too much Nice for one man to handle. Fab is probably one of my top 5 favorites even though he may not get as much publicity as some of the younger upcoming guys in the game. This was the first time I had seen him and he was everything I hoped he would be. He performed for honestly between an hour and an hour and a half just by himself. New school, old school, everything. He played “Young’N”, his verse from DJ Drama’s “Oh My”, “Breathe”, “Diamonds” (Soul Tape 2 song), “BITE”, “Only Life I Know” and “You Be Killin Em” among others.

The duo ended the night by playing the title track for the tour “The Life Is So Exciting” and it was icing on the cake.

Check these guys out if they’re coming to a city near you. They will shut the city down.

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4/24/2013 Providence, RI – Lupos Heartbreak Hotel
4/25/2013 Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre
4/26/2013 New York, NY – BB Kings
4/27/2013 Washington, DC – Howard Theatre
4/28/2013 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
4/30/2013 Norfolk, VA – TBA
5/2/2013 Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues
5/3/2013 Raleigh, NC – Long Branch Ent Complex
5/4/2013 New Paltz, NY – SUNY New Paltz
5/5/2013 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
5/8/2013 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
5/9/2013 Minneapolis, MN – Epic
5/10/2013 Milwaukee, WI – Rave
5/11/2013 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak
5/13/2013 Kansas City, MO – The Midland
5/14/2013 Denver, CO – The Ogden
5/16/2013 Phoenix, AZ – TBA
5/17/2013 Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
5/18/2013 Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theater
5/19/2013 San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
5/20/2013 Portland, OR – Roseland
5/21/2013 Seattle, WA – Showbox
5/22/2013 Vancouver, BC – Gossip
5/23/2013 Edmonton, AB – Encore
5/24/2013 Calgary, AB – Flames Central
5/25/2013 Saskatoon,SK – Odeon
5/28/2013 Winnipeg, MB – TBA
5/30/2013 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
5/31/2013 Mississauga, ON – Famous
6/1/2013 Oshawa, ON – Marquee