Artist: French Montana + Support Acts
Date: Monday 2nd December 2013
From the atmosphere outside the venue, i felt i was going to be a good concert but i didn’t expect such diversity and support for the main act, French Montana.
The venue was quite empty early on in the night as people were slowly arriving asking the question that would theme the night: When is he coming on stage????
Thankfully there were a few support acts who came on to fill the time and i want to say the quality of support acts in definitely getting better from UK artists. Was nice to see a variety of UK urban talent showing love and they built a vibe in there to warm up the stage nicely.
1st of the main support acts tonight was a grime MC called Ghetts formerly known as Ghetto. Outta East London, he burst onto the stage in a lyrical frenzy that literally ignited the place, there is something about UK music that will never leave us no matter how many American artists we see. He gave us the classics ‘Artillery’, and ‘Sing for Me’ along with other mixtape hits. I personally loved his set and i’m just getting into the UK garage scene so was a nice snippet of what to expect.
Lady Leshurr took the form of support act number 2 and this lady did not fail to delver in the slightest. Birmingham should stand up and represent for this young lady, who controversially declined an American record deal, wanting to stay true to her dreams. She got the crowd movin n jumpin and finished off her set with a syllable perfect freestyle/cover of Chris Brown’s ‘Look at me now’ (YES, SHE DID BUSTA’S VERSE TOO!!! CRAZY!!).
The next part of the line up took me by surprise and i’m not gonna lie, it took a while to warm on me. MC Mr barz from ontop.fm decided to host the UK Barz Battle on stage with a few rounds to mix things up an to be honest it was ok but not exactly good timing. People were restless and wanting to see French so the MC’s didn’t get an easy time at all. Eventually support did come through and after 2 rounds (1st over the ‘Pound Cake’ instrumental freestyle and 1 Acapella), the crowd decided that Osama should be the winner. Quite right too, that man is raw talent!!
So now for the main event!!!!
After another interval party brought to us by Alize and HotSteppah from Choice FM, it was finally time to see the Coke Boy himself.
Dj in place and entourage strategically placed on stage we heard his infamous trademark ‘Haaaaaaaaaan’ (Sound, not word lol) and the crowd went berserk! He came out and started as he meant to go on. Full of energy and just the right amount of swag to keep it cool. In general the crowd were mainly Moroccans who came out to support their boy however it was good to see the mixed crowd getting into the thick of it. Even throwing water and moshing at random times(I was not involved!!)
Born and raised in Morocco, French Montana was raised in a typical North African family unit, speaking Arabic, French and English to name but a few languages. After relocating to South Bronx, NYC in early teens, Karim Kharbouch was introduced to US Hiphop and began rapping and recording mixtapes to get his name out there. He had successful series called ‘Cocaine City’ that caught the attention of the rap industry very quickly. After building up his name he was signed to Akon ‘Konvict Musik’ but after the deal didn’t work out, he finally found his home with a joint venture between P Diddy’s Bad Boy Label and Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group. He then proceeded to release various mixtapes Including ‘Mac and Cheese 3’ to keep his voice out there before moving onto his feature. Both legendary rappers Diddy and Rozay helped produced his 1st album ‘Excuse My French’ which was released in spring 2013.
Back to the show, dressed in all black, French never failed to impress us jumping from fresh hits like ‘Freaks’ feat Nicki Minaj, ‘Pop Dat’ feat Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne and ‘Stay Scheamin’ feat Rick Ross and taking us back to classics like ‘9000 watts’, ‘Ocho Cinco’ and ‘Chopper Down’ He also ran through most of his collaborations with the likes of Meek Mill, Fabolous and to my surprise we even got a guest cameo from his rumored girlfriend rapper Trina, as they performed ‘Tic Toc’ together. She looked goooood!! lol
He closed the show with his show stopping hit ‘Ain’t Worried Bout Nothin’ which was controversially covered by Miley Cyrus. The crowd went crazy and as the crowd leaked out of the venue someone started a random rendition in the foyer and before i knew it i was singing along with around 50+ others like we were on stage!! (Good Times!)
Overall it was a really good show, French Montana definitely made sure he left a good impression in London and i think he was shocked at exactly how much support he had out here, looks like he will be back at some stage in the future. The whole line-up tonight was incredible and even though we had to wait a long time for the main act, they entertained us well.
As usual, here are the links to educate you!! Shout out to CT and the security team at the venue! Didn’t forget y’all!
Here are the links to educate ya as usual!! xoxo