If anyone knows me well, you would be sure to know I’m a huge fan of Future. The first date for the Nobody Safe Tour in Atlanta, the best city ever 🙂 , was on May 5th. Without a question when my best friend asked me to attend, I was there! First flight out of NYC to my hometown to share this moment. Okay, so normally Cinco de Mayo consumes this day without a doubt but this May 5th would definitely be different. Of course, we indulged in the festivities and had margaritas for a little pre-game but the hype for the evening was this concert. Unfortunately, it had to be the coldest day Atlanta had so far in 2017 and it was rainy. Never mind these circumstances, the show must go on and my excitement for it remained at its highest.
After standing in the “mist” and cold for about 15 min, we made our way to our seats and waited for the show openers. To my surprise, Young Thug graced the staged first. He sung a few songs, repped his hometown of course, and wrapped up in about 20 min or so I would say. Ok no biggie. Enough time to grab snacks and wait for the next appearances. Moments later, the man of the hour appeared. Singing hit after hit and really giving the fans a show to remember. Unfortunately, the Migos did not make our show or any other guests for that matter. Since this is Future’s hometown and he’s one of the most popular rappers in the industry, I just knew he would bring out a slew of artists as surprise guests. To our surprise the only guest was Trouble, an up and coming rapper in Atlanta. Being the huge fan that I am, I could care less but I did travel many miles to share this moment. Come on Hendrix lol.
As the night continued, I remembered thinking to myself and then telling my best friend “Future has arrived”. To see the sold-out crowd and to be in Atlanta for this was monumental for me. I often gazed the crowd to see them just as hyped as I was to hear the Atlanta classic “Itchin”, seeing them sing word for word to “March Madness” and the reaction to ‘Mask Off” was unreal. Future has definitely created a lane of his own lane and continues to deliver, especially from his latest project Hndrxx. I loved the production and melodic tunes from this one. Just might be deemed my favorite thus far. Nonetheless, I can honestly say I genuinely enjoyed this show. Didn’t get a ton of photos or videos this time around, just lived in the moment for once. I did capture a few good moments 🙂 .
The day had finally arrived. After paying almost 4x the face value for a ticket to one of the most anticipated shows this summer, the wait was finally over. It was time to see Aubrey Graham, the 6’s own, along with my absolute favorite, Future, take the stage and give me a concert I should never forget. Especially considering the amount I paid for it. Gotta love resale right? I hadn’t seen Drake since his ‘Nothing was the Same’ concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn back in 2013. That show was pretty epic so my expectation for Summer 16′ was pretty high. OVO artists Roy Woods and Dvsn opened the concert which was fine by me since I’m a fan of both. I will admit the tone of the concert changed almost immediately since both artists are more on the R&B scale to me. However, as I stated before, I’m a fan of them so I appreciated their performances equally as much.
The moment had arrived. The lights dimmed and surprisingly Drake appeared on the stage first. I don’t think anyone expected him to come out first. Nonetheless, it was hit after hit, anthem after anthem that played throughout the garden. Just to confirm, he should be signed to Hit-Boy because he literally has all the hits boy. Okay sorry for that line but I had to say it. Drake’s set list was far from disappointing. The crowd, including myself, sung line after line the entire night. Even for those who will not willingly admit Drake is their favorite artist, you were bound to hear that one Drake song that you consider a classic.
Future came out about half way through and, seeing that he’s my favorite, he can do no wrong in my eyes. March Madness and Stick Talk will never get old to me. Bringing Young Thug, better known now as Jeffery, as a surprise guest was an added bonus too. Of course, Drizzy came back and they performed songs from ‘What a Time to be Alive’; ending the the joint performance with Jumpman. Drake then took back over and followed through with more hits. I will admit I was shocked Rihanna didn’t come out to join him to perform ‘Work’ but the crowd held her down. So after all of the criticism and never ending debates of Drake and his writing ability, “beef” with numerous rappers and arguments deciding if his music is actually rap or pop, one thing we cannot deny is the man’s talent. He definitely has a huge influence on our generation and is not going anywhere anytime soon. Views is continuing to chart and like it or not, Aubrey Graham has made his mark and is here to stay. I definitely enjoyed this show and even contemplated going to see it again the following night. Check out the merch below and be sure to watch the video too.
The Endless Summer Tour headlined by G-Eazy and Logic was definitely a good summer concert to partake in. The tickets were very reasonably priced and the show included both Memphis’ own Yo Gotti and Mr. Bompton himself, better known as YG. I am definitely a fan of the latter 2 artists and figured the price was a steal so why not. I didn’t know what to expect at this concert so I went in to enjoy the experience. Unfortunately, I missed YG opening the concert but caught Yo Gotti. He performed a good line of music including the summer classic ‘Down in the DM’ and even gave a verse from a new song entitled ‘Wait for it’. Luckily, YG came back out to join G-Eazy to perform the remix for the ode to Donald Trump. We all know the title by now. Glad I was able to catch a performance by him.
Logic then came out to keep the crowd’s hype going. His new project, Bobby Tarintino, also had just dropped so he was able to perform both old and new tracks. I was astounded at the crowd’s response. Singing line for line, never missing a beat. After the response I saw Logic received, I couldn’t wait to see how it would go for G-Eazy. Man, it only got better. I heard a couple of songs from G-Eazy and was glad to hear them live including the popular songs like Me, Myself and I, Order More, and Drifting. G-Eazy also made sure to bring out special guests including Jadakiss, Ty Dolla Sign and Marc E. Bassy. All performers were great that night and I have a newfound respect for them, their craft and artistry. From seeing fans that had traveled several times to see both Logic and G-Eazy in concert and hear their stores, to Logic giving a special birthday shout out to the twins that were at the Barclays Center that night, to rocking the crowd the way they all did. Kudos to all of the performers. I love expanding my music catalog and experiencing a great concert. The Endless Summer Tour was a great way to keep the flow of summer music vibes in NYC. Enjoy some of the video footage I was able to capture and check out the new music from all of the artists mentioned.
Beyonce probably has to be the biggest artist of my generation; comparable to the stature of how my parents feel about Michael Jackson. After the visuals for Lemonade aired on HBO, I immediately purchased tickets for the Formation Tour. My fiance’s bucket list included seeing Beyonce live so I figured let’s make this happen. I definitely wouldn’t say I’m apart of the Bey Hive or a known Beyonce fanatic, so to make an executive decision to spend about $160 per ticket was definitely out of the ordinary for me.
Not knowing what to expect, I entered Citi Field in NYC somewhat anxious and, to say the least, highly anticipating just what to see from the Queen herself. Dj Khaled opened the tour and brought out a number of guests including Yo Gotti, Kent Jones, French Montana and the Lox to name a few. Khaled definitely knows how to read a crowd and kept up the momentum until the big moment finally happened. The lights dimmed, flashed black and white and just the shadow of Queen Bey stirred the crowd in a way I never seen before. Big Freedia’s intro to Formation played and there she was. Effortlessly slaying per the usual.
To start with the hit Formation, I knew to only expect greatness from here on. Beyonce has a slew of hits. I watched her perform for over 2 hours; never missing a beat and never losing connection with the crowd of fans. The experience was like no other. She has to be crowned as the best performer of all time in my opinion. Beyonce gained so much more respect from me as both an artist and person after this tour. I am proud to say I got in formation with ease. Check out some of the moments I was able to capture below.