*Disclaimer: Some of my footage could be better but I did not want to deal with people in the crowd being in my space further up by the stage*
After a brief tour postponement, this past Thursday I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an Isaiah Rashad ticket before they got resold for triple the price. To a lot of people triple the price might be too expensive but after seeing his show and how involved the crowd was, if you’re a big fan of his music, it would have been worth it.
It’s rare for me to go to a hip-hop concert and genuinely enjoy all the opening acts but Lil’ Sunny’s Awesome Vacation Tour had just that. First off Edmonton got some real talent out here with ARDN. He was the first of the two opening acts and he represented my hometown like he was supposed to! Don’t know about him? Don’t worry, I’ll have a “pass the aux” feature on him soontime*.
The second act for the concert was Ray Vaughn, the latest TDE signee from Long Beach, CA. I’ll be real, before the show I had absolutely no idea who this guy was but let me tell you something. By the time he left the stage, I had the music video for his song “Potential” ready to go on Youtube. This guy can rap and his stage presence is great for someone who’s relatively new to the game. It’s things like this that make going to small venue hip-hop concerts so much fun. At some shows, you might hear opening acts that aren’t your thing but when you get to see surprise talent for the low*, it always feels like a steal.
I know I’ve talked quite a bit about the opening acts but what’s a good show without the main event right? After all the controversy with the leaking of his sex tape, I was really wondering what kind of performance we’d get from Isaiah Rashad and how people would react to him. It was nice to see that nobody really cared because it wasn’t our business anyways fam. People came to enjoy the music and Isaiah Rashad came to put on a show. The biggest surprise for me was how confident he seemed on stage and how well the crowd knew his lyrics. I’ve been to a lot of concerts where people are there for the hype and don’t know any of the words to the songs but at this show, I could look at the upper deck and people were yelling the song lyrics. He made sure to work the room and play tracks catered to the crowd. If you were a genuine fan, you probably heard your favourite song from him at the show and that’s a win in my books.
Overall, I really enjoyed the concert and would definitely recommend that anyone who’s been hesitant about going to check out the tour yo.
Soontime – relatively soon
For the Low – for cheap or for relatively minimal funds