The second show I went to Saturday night was Young Jeezy and The Backyard Band (BYB) at Echostage. There was no preview for this show because I decided to go last minute. This is my first time being at this venue since it has been remodeled and named Echostage. Most Washingtonians refer to it as “The Tunnel” but it has opened and closed under three or four other names at least. There are two other clubs nearby including “The World Famous Stadium Club”, which is right next door. Knowing this I still took my sweet time getting there so I could drink more at home and it was an expected struggle to find parking.
I walked in a little after 12am and was right on time for them to call BYB to the stage. The place wasn’t that packed or at least it did not look that way because it is so large. While I expected a mixed crowd at the 2 Chainz show, I didn’t think that would be the case at this show. I was wrong. There were some non-blacks and a lot of out towners (the DJ kept asking people from out of town to make noise is how I know).
So BYB starts playing and I am close to the stage, only a few people back. BYB was rocking, hitting all the classics. That’s when I first noticed the divide; people from the DC area were partying and the out of towners were just nodding their heads at the most. Can’t remember everything but they opened up slow with Good Morning and Coming Home To You. Then they turned it up and hit 95 Dope Jam, Keep It Gangsta, One Thing About, Around My Way and a few other songs. It lasted about an hour. As the band left the stage the lead mic, Big G, asked a young lady her name and came to the edge of the stage so she could say it into the mic. I thought he was shouting her out but no, he was calling her out for standing on the front row with the stank face during the entire set. “That shit ain’t cool,” he said to the Baltimore native over the mic and with that left the stage. Everybody laughed.
After that I hit the bar figuring it would be a while before Jeezy came out. The crowd had grown but there was still room to walk around with ease. I even got into VIP since I still had on a wrist band from the 2 Chainz concert and the bouncer couldn’t tell the difference. The views slummed and I didn’t know anyone with a section so I left after a few minutes and went back up front. After the DJ played for what seemed like forever they finally announced Jeezy was about to come out. At this point I am drunk and the following is what I remembered, not an exact sequence of what happened.
A screen just like the one 2 Chainz had begins to display flames and I hear Jeezy go “What the fuck am I doin, wake up in the morning who the fuck am I screwing”. The crowd picks up from there and raps along to Way to Gone off of Thug Motivation:103 Hustlerz Ambition (TM103). Stands around taking in the cheers and looking at the crowd. He stays on TM103 and performs Loose My Mind.
Makes a comment about how turnt up DC is and he loves coming here then the beat for All Gold Everything drops and he hits his verse from the remix. The crowd didn’t know but still yelled “woo” when he mentioned popping a molly. Jumped from there to his verses on the Bandz A Make Her Dance and Dey Know remixes. Crowd was with every word especially “Hop up out that pretty motherfucker like hello, hello, ladies how you doin.”
Then he says he know DC in here and ask who else is. No matter where you from represent that shit and performs Put On off The Recession album. At this point I begin to think I am too close because the bass shook my whole body. I look back considering moving and realize the place is full, literally nowhere to go without a struggle so I decide to stay and deal with it.
He then hit Get Allot off The Recession and Trap or Die off the Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 album. More songs were done here but I can’t remember them at all. Said something about the ladies in the house and how he loves coming to DC. People are still holding up phones to record and take pictures while they rap along with him even though it has been over 20 minutes.
Next song I remember is All We Do off of TM103. You could hear all the females singing at the top of their lungs while dancing. Next up was Welcome Back off The Recession followed by his verse from I Do off of TM103. Then him and every female in there performed Leave You Alone off of TM103.
This is the point where things got really crazy and I thought the show was going to be over and began to get paranoid. Jeezy starts talking about the real reason we here and how happy he is that this song is still true and drops My President. Before he even gets through the first verse, some girls start fighting. At first, he keeps rapping, only stopping to laugh a little bit because it looks like it was being broken up. But they were just taking off their shoes and then began to really go at it. In the end some random guys and security broke it up as Jeezy stopped the music. It was some ignorant shit and a bunch of people just used it to move closer to the stage as like 10 females got thrown out. There were a few more smaller arguments through the rest of the show but I didn’t see any actual punches.
After that he did a couple more songs that I don’t remember and then said he had a special guest. I would have bet anything that it was going to be 2 Chainz or Trinidad Jame$ since both of them had shows in the area and both are from Atlanta. After a few seconds, he shocked and confused everyone by bringing out 50 Cent and Tony Yayo. 50 grabs a bottle of water takes the top off and splashes the crowd then grabs another bottle, goes to the other side of the stage and does the same thing which got people mad. After angering the crowd, he then starts rapping some song featuring Jeezy that nobody seemed to know. I found out later that the song name was Major Distribution. 50 then performed I Get Money backed up by Tony Yayo. Jeezy thanked him and at this point 50 should have left the stage but didn’t.
Jeezy says now lets get back to it and performs Supafreak minus 2 Chainz verse. 50 was still on stage and trying to be a hype man but didn’t know any of the words so he spent the whole song fake rapping and turning the mic to the crowd. It was weird and after that he left the stage.
Last song he performed was RIP off of TM103 and since I don’t particularly like this song I started to walk to the back. He thanked everybody for coming out and walked off to Knob Broke.
I think BYB played a second set but I was too done and had to leave so I can’t say what happened after 3am. I enjoyed Jeezy’s performance a lot. He hit a bunch of new stuff and a few old hits, it was a good mix. I wish he would have actually performed Knob Broke and walked off to RIP but other than that I heard the songs I wanted. He had the enhancement of the screen and used it well, showing song videos and random vlog type footage. Jeezy lyrics are not really complicated so everyone seemed to know every word at least while the beat was playing. On more than a few songs he would drop the beat and just rap a capella just talking to the crowd, it was tough and made you focus more. He wasn’t running around the stage or dancing but I didn’t expect that from him so there was no let down there. He did still work the whole stage and try to reach everybody, had a lot of intensity. Show was great and I would definitely recommend going to see him just know the crowd he brings.
The best pics of the show that I have seen were on Elite DC, check them out.
Were you there? What did you think? If you were at 2 Chainz and Jeezy, who was better? Let me know in the comments section.