2 Chainz – London Concert Review

Concert Review

Artist: 2 Chainz

Date: November 14th 2012

Location: Electric Brixton

Considering the doors ‘opened’ at 7pm, the queue i joined at 8.45 was quite long but thankfully moved quickly and got us inside at a reasonable time. This was my first time at this venue and my first impressions were positive, security tight but polite, good location for travel connections and even though the area had a reputation for trouble, there was a nice mixed audience. The place has a nice concert vibe of  everyone enjoying the music, no annoying barriers in random places (how i imagine HipHop shows in the 90’s to have been) so was nice to see.

Once inside it didn’t take long for 2Chainz to hit the stage however i wondered how long the hundreds of people had been waiting if they had came earlier……

For those who are still getting your brain around his stage name, 2Chainz is not a stranger to the rap industry as he was once part of a duo named ‘Playaz Circle’ under Ludacris’s label ‘Disturbing Tha Peace’ under the name ‘Tity Boi’. Thankfully after some maturing (well at least a bit) he decided it was time for 2Chainz to change the game, and that he did. This veteran rapper has got a reputation for his catchy lyrics and unique flow that has got him many collaborations with artists including Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and T.I.

Coming out of Atlanta, Georgia he carries the same style as his fellow Atlantians of major swag and flow. The show was kept simple with him and his DJ but was far from basic. He gave his first UK performance everything he had, from audience interaction to going through his classic collaborations and hits from his album ‘Based on a T.R.U Story’.

I must admit growing up listening to rappers like Nas, Jay-z and others i was a bit skeptical of 2Chainz’s lyrical simplicity but after seeing him live i can see he is definitely popular for a reason and has a special something.

The concert itself lasted little over an hour and a lot of people were left bewildered that it was over so soon but considering the ticket price of £15, we definitely got waaay more than our money’s worth.

Only downside was that the concert publications speculated ‘Special Guests’ who failed to materialize. It could have been to ensure a weighty crowd but i think 2Chainz saw tonight he was enough to fill the venue without sneaky ploys.

Overall it was a good concert, everything we need from a standard rap show.

During his many speeches to the audience he stated many of his traits and trademarks but one that stuck out in my mind was ‘I’m Different……’  (before he played a hit from his album of the same name and 2Chainz i’m happy that you are.

Here is his biggest hit so far with Rapper Drake: No Lie

xoxo

1Xtra Live – London

Concert Review: 1Xtra Live – London

Artist: Tulisa, WizKid, Angel, Kendrick Lamar and Trey Songz

Date: November 12th 2012

Location: 02 Academy Brixton

With 3 more UK dates ahead, this annual event kicked off in London at the sold out/ limited ticket venue in Brixton in London to celebrate the music of BBC’s urban station: 1xtra. Hosted my DJ’s Mister Jay and Trevor Nelson live on air, we were in for a treat as the show keeps going from strength to strength in more ways than one. We had DJ CJ Beatz  and DJ Semtex keeping our blood going in the intervals to make sure we kept boredom out. The show ran on time and each act did 1xtra proud.

Tulisa

The UK urban music scene seems to have a love/hate relationship with singer/rapper Tulisa and it was evident at the show tonight. Various times when her name was said she got a bit of ‘stick’ but thankfully as time went on on she came out the crowd warmed up to her. Giving us some of the old N’Dubs Classic and mixing in some of her new stuff (including a wicked DubStep mix), Tulisa is here and not letting the haters get her down at all.

Here is one of her hits for those who don’t know her:

Angel

This London singer/songwriter has been on the scene for a while jotting hits for artists such as JLS, Cheryl Cole and Roll Deep and he has now finally broke onto the scene with his own music. He currently has 2 mixtapes on the underground and we are awaiting his debut album to see what the British Bangledeshi artist has saved for himself.

I will leave you with his smash hit from this year:

WizKid

Hailing from Nigeria this young fresh artist is one of the biggest stars making waves within AfroBeats. He has been in the music world since the age of 11 in his home country however managed to break international waters over the past few months with hits such as ‘Holla at your Boy’ and ‘Gidi Girl’. The AfroBeats and Azonto phenomenon has taken Britain by storm and WizKid is definetly riding the waves like a pro.

Enjoy one of his hits :

Kendrick Lamar 

One of the headliners for tonight was one of 2012 biggest artists Kendrick Lamar. From the musically infamous Compton L.A Kendrick has managed to take us back to a time when HipHop was real and full of flow and definitely gave us a performance tonight. With songs from his Breakthrough album ‘ M.a.a.d City’ He never failed to impress, keepin it simple in a black hoodie and his unique flow, the audience loved every minute of it.

The song the got us all on our feet:

Trey Songz

The eagerly anticipated gave us a night of his hits from past and present giving fans what they want: Trey! He came on and did an impressive set considering he had a short set to squeeze it all into. The Virginia born singer is not a stranger to the UK and even though he has a UK tour in early 2013 we are grateful he decided to do this show for the listeners. He broke a few hearts when he threw his hat and vest into the audience.( i’m sure there was some pulling going on between fans who caught them!!) However all in all, he as Trevor Nelson said he is a true artist that never lets us or R’n’B down. With cuteness like that, can’t complain!!

He closed the show with this banger:

All in all this show is for the fans and it stays true to its meaning. The limited tickets ensure that you get a high quality, high energy exclusive show based on your love of music and clicking speed rather than ticket prices. I hope this event continues well into the future as it gives the UK a nice combination of everything urban. Make sure you stay tuned in for the upcoming shows on www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra 

Thank you 1XTRA!!!

xoxo

B.o.B Live at the Indig02 Arena, London, 21.09.2012

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Artist B.o.B Featuring Special guests

Date: September 21st 2012

Location: Indigo 02

Support Act: Smiler

From the moment he came on stage till he finished his set B.o.B or Bobby Ray Simmons Jr had all the elements that make an amazing hip-hop concert. No distractions, no showing off, just true to his nature and his music.
He opened the concert with his Album intro ‘Bombs Away’ that includes the Legendary Morgan Freeman on the LP and he went from strength to strength from there. He ran through his major hits such as ‘Nothin on You’ feat Bruno Mars, ‘Bet I’ feat Playboy Tre and T.i., ‘Airplanes’ feat Hayley Williams as well as an acapella version of ‘Don’t let me Fall’ from his first album ‘The Adventures of Bobby Ray’ before divulging into his latest offering ‘Strange Clouds’ including ‘Castles’ feat Trey Songz, ‘Both of Us’ feat Taylor Swift and ‘Strange Clouds’ feat Lil Wayne.

One of the highlights were definitely his special guests that he performed with from the Home Grown talent of Giggs who came through to perform their hit ‘Don’t Go There’ to the high energy hit ‘Million Dollar Misfit’ which included Iggly Azelea, a new Australian female rapper signed to T.I’s label Grand Hustle.

Being one of his biggest UK dates, the U.S rapper did us justice and brought his best. The height of the concert was his performance of his ‘Out of My Mind’ which originally features Nicki Minaj. He dropped the track wearing a straight jacket complete with dancers. He chose his most recent hit ‘So Good’ to complete our B.o.B experience.

Overall I would say it was a concert that was well overdue but as the saying goes ‘Better late than never’ and B.o.B definitely showed us why he is one of the most best yet underrated rappers in the game.

Review by Aic3la

Image courtesy of rap-up.com