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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REMIX: Kap G ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Quavo – ‘Girlfriend Remix’

Yinz should all be familiar with Kap G’s single and banger ‘Girlfriend,’ but now it’s even more lit because one of my favorite artists, Ty Dolla $ign, jumped on the track.  Quavo also joins the squad for the remix, and it’s the perfect song for some Thursday night vibing.

Kap G tweeted earlier today that the remix would be dropping, so you know I’ve been waiting or this.  This is one of the reasons I love Twitter.  You hear the news straight from the artist, and it makes you feel more connected as a fan.  I think I need to write a separate blog post on that.  Any who…

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Enjoy here!

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Make America Wavy Again

Yes, I watched the debate last night.  Yes, I rolled my eyes/laughed at Donald Trump’s statements.  Yes, I was drinking wine.  And yes, I was still thinking about Dolla Day at the Hollywood Palladium.

On Sunday, September 25, Ty Dolla $ign hosted his inaugural Dolla Day concert.  He promoted the show as Ty Dolla $ign and friends.  And boiiiiiii did he bring out friends.  Before I get into that though, let’s briefly talk about the show.

With today being National Voter Registration Day and Ty’s new album being titled Campaign, the concert was somewhat tailored to voting.  This is a very good example of celebrities, specifically artists, using their voice (literally) to encourage people to make a move.  The title of his album alone, Campaign, already gets the thought into your head.  The decor inside the Palladium even had election vibes to it – red and white balloons, banners lining the balcony, and at the very end the balloons fell from the ceiling, as did red and white confetti.

Ty even opened the show with about 30 men dressed in suits walking across the stage, followed by black and white visuals on the big screen with crowds of people in LA waving signs about voting as Ty was walking among them.  All small yet powerful ways to encourage others, especially the younger crowds, to vote.

Alright now let’s talk about the ‘friends’ Mr. Dolla $ign brought with him.

In order of appearance:

  1. 24hrs
  2. Madeintyo
  3. Joe Moses
  4. DJ Mustard
  5. TC
  6. Belly
  7. G-Eazy
  8. James Fauntelory
  9. A$AP Rocky
  10. Wiz Khalifa (yinzer love)
  11. Kendrick Lamar

Okay, but seriously.  Could those ‘friends’ be any more epic?  I mean, look at those last three performers.  What even?!  Oh, and did I mention that a ticket for this concert was $5?  Yes, five whole doll hairs… $9.25 with tax.  So incredible, and I appreciate Ty for wanting to put on this one-of-a-kind concert for the city of LA at a price where ALL were able to enjoy.

If you haven’t seen Ty Dolla $ign live or if you don’t listen to him, you should!  He can rap, sing, play the guitar, pump up the crowd, serenade the crowd, and overall spread positivity throughout.  Amazing.

Enough rambling.  Watch my Snap story below.  Enjoy, yinz!

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Concert Review: Summer Sixteen Tour

What a time to be alive.

Last Wednesday, September 7 I attended the Summer Sixteen Tour featuring Drake and Future.  Now, I haven’t been to a Drake tour since May of 2012, so you can only imagine how excited I was.

Six of us attended, and we all met in downtown Los Angeles for the start of an epic night.  Our seats weren’t even all together, but that didn’t matter because by the end of the show, we all migrated to one section and raged there.

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I tend to go into a state of celebushock during certain events and moments.  Last Wednesday was one of them.  I only had one beer but due to the fact I was so amped to be there and that Drake was playing banger after banger, it really had me having my moments.

“I live for the nights that I can’t remember, with the friends that I won’t forget.” -Drake

While I love Future and his shows, I would have to say Summer Sixteen Tour was a Drake show with a side of Future.  Drake and Future’s combined sets were about two and a half hours, and I really think Future took up about 45 minutes.  Someone please correct me if I’m wrong.  #BlameItOnCelebushock

In short:  Drake opened, brought out YG, Future did his thang who also brought out Ty Dolla $ign, Drake came back on with Future, Future peaced, Drake brought out Snoop Dogg, then Drake closed the show.

From the very beginning until the end, Drake did not want the night or energy to stop.  He kept saying that if the crowd was good to him, he’d be good to us and that he was.  My favorite part was when he busted out a medley of all his older songs.  I die.  And although they were just snippets of the songs, the way he had them flowing into one another was dope and kept the crowd very engaged.

I also had the opportunity to take over the WordOnRoad Snapchat.  For those of you who don’t know, WordOnRoad is Drake’s official fan page and site that he actually supports and endorses.  So if you’re a Drake fan, I highly encourage you to follow them on Twitter and Instagram.  And follow their Snap as well!  Username: ViewsOnRd

Enough of the rambles.  Watch my YouTube video below – compiled Snaps from the night – so you can better experience what the concert was like!  I also made the day completely about Drake and Future (not like it’s different from any other day) so be sure to check it!

From the energy of the crowd to the overall production to my own personal excitement, Drake outdid himself.  Future, too.  But more so for Drake.  The production value was v. high on the Summer Sixteen Tour.

Up next… Beyoncé… tonight at Dodger Stadium.

Stay tuned on my Snap, yinz (@ergense)!

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NEW: Ty Dolla $ign ft. Travi$ Scott – ‘3 Wayz’

I’m telling yinz, artists are dropping collabs with Travy because his new album comes out tomorrow.

This Hit-Boy-produced track is definitely going into my rotation of new songs to listen to, so you can definitely expect a Snapchat (or two) of mine featuring the song.  Super amped about this because it’s two of my current favorite artists.  And I also just bought a $5 ticket to a Ty Dolla $ign concert for the end of this month, and I’m just so excited.

Any who, you can listen to the song for free on Apple Music (again, subscribe already) or purchase it for $1.29 on iTunes.

Or because I like yinz, listen below on YouTube.

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Concert Review: 2 Chainz x Lil Wayne

Sorry for the wait.

LOL ^  Get it?  It’s a Lil Wayne mixtape.  But really, apologies for the delay in this post as the concert was on Saturday, June 25.

That concert seriously had the most energy.  From Lil Wayne to 2 Chainz to the crowd, and even the ushers – everyone was hype.  I can’t forget to mention who opened for the two headliners though.  Those artists being:  Ty Dolla $ign, Tory Lanez, A$AP Ferg, and Fetty Wap.  It was a true rap concert, and I loved every second of it.  My and Syd’s seats were also really really good, so that helped.  Thanks other Sid for the tickets!

MY OVERALL THOUGHTS:

  • Ty Dolla $ign should not have opened.  That man has too many bangers to be the opener.  And not to mention he performed for a VERY brief time.  Maybe he had to go somewhere after?
  • At one point during A$AP Ferg’s set, he yelled for the crowd to get closer to the stage.  You would think just people with floor seats would move towards the front.  Nope.  People in the 100 level section at Staples Center (first section up from the floor) HOPPED over the railings and rushed towards the front.  It was pretty epic and hilarious TBH.
  • Fetty Wap redeemed himself performance-wise, and everyone loved him.  He really does have solid tracks outside of ‘Trap Queen.’
  • The main attractions:  Seriously, Wayne and 2 Chainz had that place lit.  Weezy performed a handful of songs from Tha Carter III, which happens to be one of it not his best piece of work.  And 2 Chainz just has this stage presence, well Lil Wayne too, that gets everyone SO hype and about that hip-hop life!

So great.  Watch my Snap story below to see what I’m talking about.  I highly recommend you attend a Lil Tunechi and/or Tity Boi concert if you ever have the chance.

The concert ended with 1% battery left on my phone.  Don’t think the night stopped there.  Sydney and I ventured across the street to this Mexican rooftop lounge and shut the place down at 12:30am – still early.  We then headed next door to this restaurant – started another dance party there and ultimately made it home and in bed by 3am.  Aggressive but worth every second.

Happy Wednesday, yinz!

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‘Thought It Was a Drought’ at the Future Concert

Happy Wednesday!  Hope yinz are having a great week.

Mine has been pretty chill except for last Friday, which was all the way turned up.  As I mentioned in Thursday’s post, I was heading to Future’s Purple Reign Tour at the Hollywood Palladium.  Let me detail the day’s events for you all.

Parker and Sydney met at Agatay around 1ish.  We enjoyed some beverages, called the Uber, and an hour and fifteen minutes later, we arrived at Future’s pop-up shop on Fairfax.  Before we went inside the store, we decided to get some food at this Italian spot right next door called Jon and Vinny’s.  Wish I could tell you how the food was but we didn’t end up eating there.  We never even placed our order.  Once we sat down, I hopped onto Snapchat to see if Future had posted anything.  Well, he did, and I’m glad I checked.  His Snap read ‘Fairfax 410.’  Well guess where we were… Fairfax 412. (412 yinz yasss).

Eating at this point was not an option.  Getting in line for his store was.  We were in the front of the line with a couple of big security dudes in suits who advised us that once we got in the store, we were not to take any pictures or videos.  Fair enough.  We entered the store, and the three of us all purchased some Freebandz swag.  Next thing I know, Sydney tells me to look up and freaking Future is there, all 6+ feet of him.  He was wearing a pair of light denim jeans and a white hoodie.  He was super chill – on his phone with two of his kids running around him.  Talk about a meet and greet but sans meeting.  Or really greeting.  But you get it.

We then took an Uber to the Palladium where Parker got in line, which was already wrapped around the building at 5:45pm.  Syd and I got some food, grabbed an order to-go for Parker and patiently waited until the doors opened.  We were really close to the front – about four rows back.  The crowd wasn’t too bad.  LA’s own DJ Dre Sinatra had everyone hype with club bangers.  There were two opening acts before Ty Dolla $ign.  Not gonna lie, I don’t know their names.  Moving on.  Ty came out and crushed it.  I really really love seeing him perform.  He’s also super talented.  The man can rap and sing.  He loves the fans too.  He actually stage dove into the crowd and lost a shoe!  He proceeded to take off his other shoe and threw it towards us.  He brought out Juicy J and Joe Moses.  Too dope.  Watch some of his set below!

Towards the end of his set, he made the mistake of telling the crowd to move as close to the stage as possible.  Seriously, you could not move.  I don’t do well in tight spaces where people are all up in my business to begin with, but this was just ridiculous.  We were shifting as one unit, the chick’s hair in front of me was in my face/mouth area, my right arm was smooshed up against this one mass of a man.  So Sydney and I stayed in our spots for as long as we could during Future’s set, but then we couldn’t take it any longer.  We moved to the back, got some water (I really ‘Thought It Was a Drought’) and were able to still see and dance.  We left Parker up in the front and re-connected with him at the end.

Okay now about Future’s performance!  It. Was. Lit.  He opened with ‘Thought It Was a Drought’ and did most of his mainstream songs mixed with some early Future.  Girls and guys of all ages and races were rapping along with him.  I’m even talking about a 12-year-old boy who was there with his dad.  Dad, you were the real MVP.  From the lights to the overall sound, the show captivated the audience and Future really made you feel part of his set.  You can just tell he vibes hard with his fans and appreciates them.  Future took a little break and out came DJ Esco who kept everyone going with some crowd favorites.  Future came back on and ended his set with one of my personal favorites, ‘March Madness.’  He performed for about an hour and a half in total.

The entire Purple Reign Tour was worth every penny.  Not sure how he did it, but as soon as the LA show was over, Future hopped onto his tour bus to head back to Santa Ana for ANOTHER show.  He performed there the night before and in Tempe, AZ even earlier that Thursday evening.  Four shows in two days.  That’s impressive.  And I imagine his energy level was hype each show.  That just proves his passion for music, touring, and the fans.

Next concert… Rihanna and Travi$ Scott, but that’s not until May.  That’s all for today!

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I See In My Future…

…an epic time tomorrow.  We are one day away from the Future concert tomorrow night at the Hollywood Palladium!  Parker, Sydney, and I are all taking half days at work (well, Syd is taking a full day) in preparation for the Purple Reign Tour.  Shout out to bro bro for the ticket.Me_Parker_Syd

The plan is to meet at Agatay shortly after we get home from work, Uber to the Hollywood area, maybe hit up the Future pop-up shop, and chill until the doors open.  I have a feeling the line will be pretty long and people will start to line up early.  I cannot miss my chance to be front row for this.  Serious.  And I’m pumped that Syd will be sitting (actually standing) with us this time.  She came to The Weeknd’s tour with us in December but was all the way across the venue!  That’s commitment.

Ty Dolla $ign is also opening, and he supposedly has a new mixtape he may drop in the very near future.  Tomorrow is about to be LITTY, and I can’t wait to be part of it.

I’m sort of a late bloomer Future listener, so let’s #tbt this post to the first Future song that got me hooked.  However, this was back in 2011, so I guess you can say I have been listening to him for quite some time now.

And happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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Wiz Khalifa LA Listening Party 2.8.16

Last night was LITTY!

What I thought would have been a chill night of me standing in the background, listening to Wiz play some tracks from his new album at last night’s listening party, turned into a LIT SITUATION.  I shuffled my way to the front, per usual, and was essentially at the main table with Wiz, Juicy J, Travi$ Scott, and Ty Dolla $ign.  And was great seeing JCruz from Power 106, as well!

The party was at the Blind Dragon and hosted by the one and only Ms. Karen Civil.  She gave updates on Wiz’s arrival time, introduced him, and then handed the mic over to Wiz.  She also gave a shout out to Wiz’s mom and said, “Shout out to Wiz’s mom who is here.  Whenever I’m in Pittsburgh, she always takes good care of me.”  #californyinz

Wiz went over different meanings behind the tracks, rapped a little, and just had a great time. And DJ Bonics, Wiz’s official DJ was spinning.  It was dope, and I’m really glad I was able to go!  It was all truly a big #californyinz moment.

I even rocked a Pittsburgh shirt, which gained a little attention and served as a conversation starter. #netWORQUE

Peep the video to see just how close I was.

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And even more #californyinz-ness… shout out to the Pittsburgh Penguins for unveiling their 50th anniversary logo for the upcoming season.  Check it here.

So so so much!

Seriously, my brain can’t keep up with all of this new music and music news.  Kidding, I totally can keep up, but I just feel like now more than ever we are getting so much new music and a lot is happening in the rap/hip-hop scene.  And I am not mad about it for one second.

From Yeezy-Wiz Twitter drama to way more Future music than I could have anticipated to Drake confirming Views‘ drop date and more… what a time to be alive.

I promise I will have a more thorough post about all of the above and more in the coming days, but for now please watch my Snap Story from last night’s epic time with Ty Dolla $ign.  While he didn’t perform until after 1am and only for about 20-25 minutes, it was still a movie.  And shout out to last night’s DJ, DJ Geo, who truly had the place too live.  It was like he took my phone and plugged in the aux cord – ALL of my favorites.  So dope!

Watch below, and happy Friday!  Oh, and don’t forget to listen to Wiz Khalifa’s album, Khalifa, and Majid Jordan’s debut album, self-titled Majid Jordan, both of which dropped today.  AND tune into Beats Radio from 5-7 this evening to listen to DJ Khaled premiere Future’s new project EVOL (love spelled backwards).  Yeeee!

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