Artist: Big Sean
Date: November 26th November 2012
Location: 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
For those who are not in touch with the turbulent life of UK rapper K Koke will be surprised to hear that he has been signed to Jay-Z’s ROC Nation Record label for a while, however delayed due to a stint in jail on suspicion of murder, ( he was acquitted on all charges) , he is finally back out and ready to show the world what he is about. His reception from the crowd was kind of strange as he came from the same struggles as a lot of US rappers rap about yet, the London crowd didn’t give him a lot of love back. He is one of the few that came from the gritty side of London life that has managed to take his skills and sign to one of the world’s most acclaimed urban record labels. The road is never easy and i wish K Koke all the luck in the world because he is refusing to let the hate settle.
Here is his latest song:
This Detroit native packed out this intimate venue to a performer’s dream. He is not a stranger to the British stage but this gig was something special as he recently released his ‘Detroit’ mix-tape as well as his label ‘ G.o.o.d Music’ album ‘Cruel Summer along with Kanye West and other label mates. His high energy performance was at the max from start to finish. With the help of his DJ Mo’Beats he delivered all his best hits and collaborations to the crowds delight.
He made a point of connecting with crowd various times including a speech about following your dreams and celebrating what you have and working for what you want. It was a very inspiring moment as even though he does show off, we saw that he followed his dreams all the way the top and anyone can do the same. He also gave a few women serious palpitations when he jumped into the pit throwing himself around the front section, you could see he loved everything about what he does and isn’t afraid to give back.
Song’s like ‘I Do It’, ‘My Last’, ‘Burn feat Meek Mill’, ’24k of Gold’, ‘Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay’ and ‘Mula’ had us all riding the beat, singing along and doing a simultaneous ‘sweeeeeerve’ (One of his infamous Ad-Libs) from left to right while he showed us why he belongs in the rap game.
Highlight of the show was definitely when he rocked ‘Clique’ and ‘Mercy’ from the Cruel Summer album that sent the hype through the roof and back again. Another classic moment was his club banger ‘Ass – feat Nicki Minaj’ which he performed along with the video pop up of Nicki’s verse, allowing the female fans to get involved while shaking their derrieres.
In a time when Hip Hop is being spiked with money and big booties, i’m happy to see someone who can enjoy the materialistic side yet still hold his own among some of the greatest in the rap game with his Natural Born Talent.
I’ll leave you with a few of his biggest hits:
Marvin and Chardonnay – Big Sean feat Kanye West
Ass – Big Sean feat Nicki Minaj
Clique – Kanye West feat Big Sean & Jay-Z
I agree Big Sean, even though its well overdue to many of your fans, you are Finally Famous…..