Shout out to the University of Pennsylvania for getting the Ivy League excited about underground hip-hop. Last month they invited Brooklyn rap duo The Underachievers and Canada’s hottest new producer Kaytranada for a tag team performance that rocked Philadelphia’s Rotunda Theater. This month, their events planning committee hit fans with a triple threat–bringing together Ty Dolla $ign, Travis Scott, and Topaz Jones for what they are calling ” The Owl Pharaoh Beach Honeymoon Concert“.
With Ty$ as the headliner and Topaz and Travis warming up the crowd, it goes without saying that this show was nothing short of pure chaos. In fact, the Penn Campus Police nearly cut the concert short when Travis Scott invited the entire theater on stage and caused a small scale riot. Obviously, the Penn Police hadn’t done their research, since given Travis’s infamous history of trying to draw blood from his audience (see Trillectro Music Festival 2013), they should have been prepared for the wreckage. But luckily, after having dealt with crazy campus police the night before, Ty$ was fully prepared to talk the cops out of a complete shut down–just like he talked Virginia police out of putting him in jail for drug possession less than 24 hours beforehand.
Despite the rage that took place before his set, Ty$ managed to keep the crowd calm–but still hyped–when he exploded onto the stage with 2010’s west coast hit “Toot It and Boot It.” After making rounds with fast-paced crowd-pleasers like “Familiar” and “Irie,” Ty$ slowed it down for the ladies and invited one lucky chick up for quick serenade and slow grind. Finally, as expected, Ty$ ended his Saturday night to a chorus of singing fans with 2014’s radio hit “Paranoid.”
In spite of the drama the Penn Police made for themselves, The Owl Pharaoh Beach Honeymoon Concert was definitely a success. Who knew the Ivy league could party so hard? Check out RESPECT.’s exclusive photo recap from the show below and see for yourself.
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