“Did y’all bring yo’ clique tonight,” asked the house DJs opening for 2 Chainz, on Thursday,
Although clique-less, I had a great time watching the artist formerly known as “Tity Boi,” cater to
a sold-out crowd at La Zona Rosa.
Mainstream hip-hop hits greeted fans as they made their way into the venue. Some
concertgoers (high-heeled, Stiletto Pumps-wearing women, to be specific) click-clacked their
way to the stage. The others, presumably their boyfriends, made their way to the bar.
In between passed drinks, shoulder bumps and passed blunts, were the sounds of A$AP
Rocky, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and nostalgic 1990s hip-hop. The house DJs did a good job; their
blending of old and new hip-hop tracks, pleased the crowd until opener Cap 1 took the stage.
Musically, Cap 1 is nothing impressive. The guy is obviously riding the “trap-rave-wave,” and his
music is a reflection of that. A million 808 kick drums, menacing Lex Luger-inspired synths–Cap
1’s set became predictable and redundant, halfway through. And an impromptu freestyle, made
his performance that much worse.
Seriously, when did it become cool to shout an approving “Oh,” for a not-so-good freestyle?
Never. Regardless, Cap 1 basked in the glory of a crowd that, like myself, only put up with
him because he was 2 Chainz’s opener, and by then, the mixed drinks and second-hand blunt
smoke, had finally done its job.
Multiple lights flashed onstage, foreshadowing 2 Chainz’s imminent appearance. His DJ began
playing hit single “Mercy,” followed by a few words encouraging the crowd to bring 2 Chainz
out. “2 Chainz! 2 Chainz! 2 Chainz,” shouted the DJ, with the crowd catching on immediately.
And like a mystical, dread-locked hip-hop genie, 2 Chainz appeared.
“2 Chainzzzzzz,” yelled the rapper, before performing his verse on “Mercy.” We all joined
in: “Rain pourin’ / All my cars is foreign / All my broads is foreign / Money tall like Jordan!” 2
Chainz had us in the palms of his hands, and there was no turning back.
Like his opener, 2 Chainz’s musical repertoire consisted of trap-rave beats. But where 2
Chainz’s differs, is in his delivery as an entertainer. The guy knows how to work a crowd. He’ll
tease his audience, telling stories that correlate with the next song on the set. Plus, he’s a ladies
man. If I were to ever ask a girl if they shaved their no-no part for me, I would probably get a
Stiletto to the throat. If 2 Chainz’s asks however (and yes, this really happened), it’s totally fine.
Ah, the joys of being rich and successful.
But I digress; 2 Chainz put on an enjoyable show from beginning, to end. From guest-featured
tracks such as “Beez In The Trap,” “Bands A Make Her Dance” and Tity Boi-era hit “Duffle Bag
Boy,” to songs “No Lie,” “I Luv Dem Strippers” and “Birthday Song,” 2 Chainz’s set left the crowd
During his set 2 Chainz pulled out what seemed to be a five-in-a-half inch blunt. This blunt
embodies 2 Chainz’s recent success. As he lit that monstrosity, the fire sparked a crimson red,
producing smoke clouds that elegantly dispersed into the air. Then, as if to say “Damn, I’ve
finally made it,” he looked at the blunt, then the crowd, smiled, and walked offstage. Thursday
night was a “Tru” night, indeed.