2 Chainz! That’s what everybody in the Fillmore in Silver Spring was yelling Saturday night. The hype was so intense for the show that it sold out and a second show was added. This forced my show time to go from 8pm to 7pm. This was both good and bad but I will get to that later.
I got to the show around 6:40pm thinking that 2 Chainz would be the only performer. The crowd was as expected very large, mixed and very excited. A little after 7 some rapper I never heard of came out and started yelling some songs I never heard before. The songs were not really catchy and nobody seemed to be paying attention. He was hype but couldn’t get the crowd behind him. I don’t think he gained any fans.
After that they announced that Shy Glizzy would be performing and a few people in the crowd looked interested. He is up and coming and his second mix tape, Law, cosign by Wale and beef has helped to build his notoriety and fan base. I will say I went in not being a fan of his music and I left the same way. His performance was dull and he seemed uninterested and bored. It almost felt like he didn’t even like the songs. He brought a hype man who just held a mic and danced, didn’t rap one word which was weird and pointless. I am not sure of the name of the songs but I think they are from his new mix tape, Fuck Rap.
Around 8 0’something 2 Chainz DJ drops Yuck, lead track on the Based On A Tru Story (B.O.A.T.S) album and a video montage began playing on a huge screen in the back of the stage. The screen would play throughout the night. The screen played some videos attached to songs, some just random vlog type footage and some typed out lyrics during a few songs. The screen was a good dimension which helped to enhance the show for me. The screen also ruined a lot of pics because it was very bright on the phone not to the naked eye though.
Next the DJ drops Mercy off of the Cruel Summer album. 2 Chainz comes running out at the start of his verse and the crowd goes crazy and begin rapping along with him. He then started talking about partying and having a good time and the beat to All Gold Everything drops and he performs his remix verse. The crowd didn’t really know what he was saying but people were still rocking because the song is so popular. From there he jumped to the T.R.U. REALigion mix tape and did Got One as the video played in the background. Stayed on the mix tape tip and dropped Turn Up minus Cap 1. Crowd was really feeling this one. Bunch of people were fake walking in somewhere to turn up.
From there he did his two songs with Nicki Minaj. First his verse on Beez In The Trap from the Pink Friday:Roman Reloaded album then did I Love Dem Strippers from the B.O.A.T.S album; both minus Nicki verse and both with the crowd reciting the whole song and joining him in dancing all around. He had the crowd going then dropped Dope Peddler off of B.O.A.T.S which didn’t seem to ring out as much but came right back with his verse from the Bandz remix and of course the crowd was right back and reciting every word. From there the DJ goes right into Crack from B.O.A.T.S and the crowd is with it but 2 Chainz leaves the stage.
I think he just needed a break but it was a weird time and song to leave the stage. The good thing was that he didn’t lose the crowd at all. People were still rocking to the song just like he was out there. Then The Morning off the Cruel summer album came on and people were wondering what was going on.
Before the song ended 2 Chainz came back out and started talking about his career and where he is now but that for the fans that been around he is going to take it back. The beat for Duffle Bag Boy drops and the crowd roars and starts reciting the hook and 2 Chainz verse. Jumps from there to Riot off both the mix tape and the deluxe version of the album.
He then starts talking about the ladies, asking who is sexy and telling them to raise their hands. He points out and describes a few outfits then makes a joke about dudes with their hands up saying they’re sexy. Crowd laughs and he hits Birthday Song with the crowd filling in for Kanye. Every chick in there thought they were in first place.
From there he stops the music and says “Y’all gotta help me. I got a problem, matter of fact I got a fuckin problem”. Beat to Fuckin Problems drops, he hits the hook and his verse. Kept it hype hype for the next song by hitting one of my favorites, his verse from Supafreak.
2 Chainz thanked everyone who bought the album and told everyone who has not to go get them a BOAT. Talked about having his own lane and being different. “Make some noise if you’re different!” Goes into I’m Different off B.O.A.T.S. Then takes it back and hits Spend It off of T.R.U. REALigion. Closes the show with No Lie and the whole crowd rapping along including doing Drake’s verse.
Thanked everyone for coming out and buying the tix so quickly and forcing them to add a 2nd show, poses for pics and takes a few of his own as KO off B.O.A.T.S played. Walked off as Like Me played. Show was over around 9:20pm and the line for the second show was already to the corner despite doors not being open for another 40 minutes.
The show was hype, people danced and rapped lyrics all night, 2 Chainz basically partied on stage and like I said earlier the screen in the back was a great effect and helped the show. I didn’t like that the show was moved up; time change messed me up after partying hard Friday (shoutout to Grits and Biscuits) and getting up early Saturday (Community Service). Overall it was good show and I would def see him again. His music is obviously made for partying and he hit every song of his I wanted to hear.
Best pics and videos I have seen of the show are on DMVs The Move, check them out.
If you were there what did you think? If you were at the second show, how did it compare? Let me know in the comments section.
Oh earlier I said it was also a good side to the show being moved up. I was able to go to a Young Jeezy concert afterwards. Next post will be a review of that show, should be done by the end of the week.