Concert Review: Future – Nobody Safe Tour

#NobodySafeTour should have been called the #EverybodyLitTour.  On Friday, June 16, Future stopped in Los Angeles to take the stage at The Forum.  Opening guests included Zoey Dollaz, Tory Lanez, A$AP Ferg, and Migos.

Before we jump into the night, we need to discuss the fact that I didn’t even know I was going until the morning of!  With positive vibes and two of the best concert plugs I know, I received a call at 8:30AM that Friday morning.  My friend on the other line said, “Get ready to go see Future tonight.”  Best wake-up call E V E R.  So clearly that’s all I was thinking about for the rest of the day.

Cut to the evening.

The three of us arrived at The Forum around 8PM and went to will call to pick up our tickets.  We still didn’t know where we were sitting but were pumped regardless because we were seeing Future and Migos.  Duh.

*picks up tickets at will call*

We weren’t ready for this.

7TH ROW FLOOR SEATS

Are you kidding me?  Happy freaking Friday.  After a few “OMG” minutes, we made our way into The Forum to get a much needed beer and to find our seats.

Walking down to the floor was surreal.  Although I’ve been on the ground level at The Forum for Kanye’s Saint Pablo Tour and Drake x Future’s Summer Sixteen Tour, it’s just as exciting each time, and I will be forever grateful and appreciative of these experiences.

So we missed Zoey Dollaz, Tory Lanez, and A$AP Ferg.  Do it look like we stressin’?  Nah.  We were really there for Migos and Future.

The lights dimmed and Migos took the stage.  These three guys are really living their best life.  They’re the most popular rappers / rap group right now.  Before you come at me and try to hit me with a “what about Kendrick Lamar?” question, pause for one second.  He is the best rapper but as far as popularity right now and being featured on other artist’s songs and performances… Migos.

As if their set wasn’t lit enough, they brought out 21 Savage.  Talk about #ForTheCulture.

That was the first time I’d seen them live, and I’d definitely go see them again.  Oh wait.  I am.  June 24 as part of the BET Experience 🙂

Time for Future.

Future’s set started with computer malfunction visuals on a giant screen, followed by him appearing and kicking off his set with “Draco.”  I’ve seen Future a handful of times now, and each time he gets better.  He’s definitely not at the same star level as The Weeknd or Drake yet, but his energy and passion for performing is up there.

With a great mix of old and new songs, Future did not disappoint.  He brought out Ty Dolla $ign, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, and DJ Esco brought out ScHoolboy Q.

But nothing and I mean nothing could have prepared me for the last surprise guest.  He goes by the name of…

D R I Z Z Y  D R A K E

It’s always difficult for me to put into words of what and how I feel during a Drake performance.  It’s just the best.  His songs mixed with his energy and stage presence just make for the ultimate time, and I am truly the happiest.  Like I start rapping along and dancing then find myself pausing and just thinking, “I am watching m favorite artist of all time live right now.”  #FangirlThoughts

Drake performed “Jumpman,” “Portland” (he brought out Quavo), “Fake Love,” and “Gyalchester” for the first time in LA.

Only performing four songs made the overall concert that much better.  And while I’m  a huge Future fan, the crowd’s energy during Drake’s mini set may have been a little greater than during Future’s.

In the end, this was by far the best Future concert I’ve been to and probably one of the top five concerts I’ve attended overall.  I can’t thank my two friends enough for hooking it up with the tickets.  These are experiences that mean the absolute most to me.

Also important to note that Future wore a lot of black and yellow outfits – a #californyinz moment.

Until the next concert…

 

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SNIPPET: Jay Z – “Adnis”

Yooooo.  I was in the middle of writing my #NobodySafeTour recap and saw on Twitter that a new Jay Z song is in the works.

Remember that Sprint x Tidal teaser that aired during the NBA Finals?  Well a new clip has surfaced, and the background song appears to be new Jay Z.  Happy Father’s Day to you, sir!

I definitely do not have Tidal, but you can click here to watch the 30-second spot.

Now back to this Future concert post…

VIDEO: DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”

Earlier today (like 6AM EST early), Khaled gave us another one *Khaled voice* from his upcoming album, Grateful.  Not only did he release the song but the visuals as well.

The track, titled “Wild Thoughts,” features my girl crush, Rihanna, and one of my favorite new artists, Bryson Tiller.  Co-written by PartyNextDoor, the song samples Carlos Santana’s hit “Maria, Maria.”  Fire.

Out of the recent songs Khaled has given us, this is one of the better ones in my opinion.  It’s definitely a good track to kick off your weekend.

Disclaimer:  Rihanna is S E R V I N G the most in this video.  See for yourself below.

Music: Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell, Katy Perry, & Big Sean – “Feels”

More new music!  Living.

As promised earlier this week, Calvin Harris posted to his social media channels that he’d be releasing another track from his upcoming album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1.  PS – I’m really hoping for a Vol. 2, and Vol. 1 hasn’t even dropped yet.  Moving on.

This song is complete summer island vibes.  TBH, each song Calvin Harris has given us from this upcoming album has had summer vibes.  Low-key I’m more excited for this project than DJ Khaled’s which has E V E R Y one on it.

Back to “Feels.”  Let me keep this short and sweet.

Pharrell starting this song… amazing!  Definitely the right choice.  Then we move on to Katy Perry’s vocals.  She keeps the energy going with her spunk.  But moving on to my favorite verse of the song… Big Sean’s.

“Godamn I know you love to make an entrance
Do you like getting paid or getting paid attention
You mixed the wrong guys with the right intentions
In the same bed, but it still feel long distance
She’s looking for a little more consistency
But when you stop looking you gon’ find what’s meant to be
And honestly I’m way too done with the hoes
I cut off all my exes for your x and o’s
I feel my old flings, was just preparing me”

*Lyric credit: Genius

That bolded and italicized lyric is the key to life!  Big Sean is hitting me with the actual feels in this song which you can (and should!) listen to here.

Well done, Calvin Harris.  Looking forward to Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1.

 

VIDEO: The Weeknd – “Secrets”

While you were all sleeping, I was wide awake high off of a Pittsburgh Penguins STANLEY CUP win and scrolling through Twitter.  Well, I stumbled across a Tweet from The Weeknd who announced his most recent music video for “Secrets.”

I LOVE THIS SONG.

It’s different, mesmerizing, and sort of reminded me of something from American Horror Story.  Okay, just take a look for yourself.  Watch below!

LISTEN TO: Plaza – ‘Shadow’

Yesterday on the 45th episode of OVO Sound Radio, Oliver El-Khatib announced that a new artist had been signed to the OVO Sound label.  Who you ask?  His name is Plaza.  I’ve never heard of him before, but after listening to his EP, Shadow, (and currently listening to it now), I am pretty obsessed.

He has an old-school Weeknd vibe to him mixed with DVSN and a sprinkle of Majid Jordan.  Could I love an artist any more?  Don’t answer that because yes I could, and it’s Drake.  Anyway.

I don’t know much about Plaza yet, but what I do know is that he’s an R&B singer from Toronto.  He released his debut EP in September 2016 titled One on SoundCloud, and there wasn’t any real promotion for it.  One song, “Personal,” from this new EP though was played on a previous episode of OVO Sound Radio.  Clearly I wasn’t paying attention.

Shadow delivers all of the late nite vibes.  Other than attending a rap concert and buying merch, there’s nothing I love more than driving home late night or laying in bed late at night listening to songs that match this mood.

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The five tracks that make up Shadow are perfectly curated and produced.  The beats drop at the right time, and each track is long enough to tell a complete story and gets you in your feels.  You know what other artist and project does the exact same?  The Weeknd’s Trilogy.  Artists like The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, and Majid Jordan who give us those four to five minute tracks have a gift of captivating the listener and keeping our attention without wanting to skip to the next track.

Seriously, I’m listening to Plaza right now, and I am really really liking him.  He’s taking me back to The Weeknd – Trilogy  times, and it’s v refreshing and nostalgic.

Okay, enough typing.  You just need to listen to this – Apple Music (preferred) or SoundCloud below!

Hope yinz are living your best life on this Sunday.  And let’s go Pens!

REMIX: Future ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Mask Off (Remix)”

Well it’s 6:30AM PST.  With that said, it’s never too early for some rap music.  Especially some rap music featuring Kendrick Lamar.

I am L O V I N G this remix.  I mean, when you hear the “DJ Esco” mention on one of Future’s songs, you know it’s probably going to be a solid track.

And the length of the verse is substantial too!  I think Kendrick will help keep this track relevant and help push it even more up the charts.

Listen here, and let me know what you think.

Happy Tuesday!

NEW TRAVI$ x3 !

Can someone please let me know if he’s out of jail?  He’s been Tweeting so please LMK.

Until then, Travi$ Scott gave us all more life last night with three new tracks.  I cannot tell you how much I love his music and his vibe as an artist overall.  His look, energy, passion… thriving.

Okay, let’s jump into these songs on SoundCloud below.

“Butterfly Effect”

Produced by Murda Beatz, “Butterfly Effect” will definitely be thrown into my summer vibes rotation.  This song could have easily been on Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight.  It resembles “Through the Late Night” when it comes to the vocals.

“A Man”

“A Man” starts with a long instrumental intro then cutting straight into some good late night party vibes.  Lyric call-out: “You need to say grace before you say thanks.”  This is also the type of song I’d listen to in order to get ish done.  And although for only a short time, I love when his verse speeds up at the end.

“Green & Purple ft. Playboi Carti”

All I’m going to say about this one is…. “Magnolia” vibes.

Will these tracks be on Astroworld?  Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.  TBH, I sort of hope not.  I want that NEW NEW.

Deb’s Domain: 001 – Mother’s Day Edition

Hello,

I thought it would appropriate to do a feature on Sara’s blog for Mother’s Day.

Known to many as DEB, I am Sara’s mom.  Short, Italian, and born and raised in Pittsburgh with a great head of hair.

I felt the need to answer the question many of you have asked yourself – “Why is this girl SO into music?”

Sara has forever been exposed to music.  My parents babysat her as I was always a working mom. There was music constantly blaring from that household and continues daily as my mom is a feisty 92-year-old woman who loves her tunes.  In fact, the only things you will find in her car are plastic rain hats and cassette tapes.  Though the sounds were Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Barbara Streisand and Big Band, Sara has always been surrounded by music.

As a child I was also around the music my parents enjoyed but having two much older siblings exposed me to more.  My brother was more the Beatles/Woodstock era whereas my sister was Motown, Janis Ian, and Carole King.  Keep in mind, this music was played on turntables or eight-track tapes.

Through my college years it was Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Journey, Styx, Kool & The Gang, The Whispers, Rick James, The Gap Band, Bruce Springsteen, Luther Vandross, and many more.

*Photo collage courtesy of Deb

I have also been to a lot of concerts in my days.  I love my dance type music but I have a love of Rock ‘n Roll as well.

I truly love all types of music but my favorite band of all time is Earth, Wind & Fire.

Yes, the apple does not fall far from the tree…  Earth, Wind & Fire will be gracing Pittsburgh with their presence in August.  I have already purchased tickets for my gang of girls along with the Party Bus reserved.  Just like her mother, Sara loves concerts.  If you know Sara personally or have just followed her blog, you know her boy is DRAKE.  Well, my boys are Earth, Wind & Fire.  Yes, I know the words to every song.  I will be singing and dancing in my seat!

All of my kids love music.   This is one of the reasons why at each of my kids’ graduation parties I felt the need to have a live band.

Good Food + Good Music = Great Party

Stay tuned for my article next month when I share with you some of my favorite all time tunes.

Until we chat again, always remember –  A Simple Act of Kindness is Free but Worth MILLIONS.

DEB

*Blog Owner’s Note*
The featured image for this post is a 
representation of my former sorority,
Alpha Gamma Delta, repping our mascot, the squirrel.
They FaceTimed me in ❤ Deb pictured in the middle.