Last night, what took place at the popular venue in Philadelphia, Theatre of Living Arts, will be talked about for a long time. The TLA is where the artist who are finally reaching a bigger fan base or who have “made it,” perform and make things full circle. Thanks to the very talented artist, Distortedd, and popular event curator, Yusuf (better known as Veteran Freshman), they were able to put on a spectacular homecoming show for Philly’s own, Lil Uzi Vert.
Before the doors opened, there was a line from the venue reaching around the corner in a long alley-way; I knew for a fact that the show would be packed. Before Uzi hit the stage we were lucky enough to hear some DJ sets by Fuego Mayo, DJ Kees, and more, who totally turned the whole venue up to another level — Shoutout to DJ’s. Next up to hit the stage was William Aston. Now many people may not know who William is, but he is the reason Lil Uzi wanted to start rapping. William Aston took the stage and totally gave us a great performance introducing songs like “Dying For Respect,” “Ballin,” “Side B*tch,“ and others. The Uzi show was definitely a great platform for the upcoming Philly emcee.
Now, before the madness really kicked off DJ Drama and DJ Cannon came to the stage and brought out a very special guest, Philadelphia Freeway. To see Freeway, was a great surprise and an even better surprise to see him perform one of my favorite songs by a Philly artist, “What We Do.” Freeway came out, did his thing, and exited; as a true OG should.
Without further ado, Cannon and Drama bought Uzi to the stage by playing Young Thug‘s “Big Racks” which Uzi is featured on. Lil Uzi runs through his set by playing most of his highly talked about Luv Is Rage album from songs like “Super Saiyan Trunks” to “Enemies” and 2 new songs that haven’t been released yet. Uzi also bought Playboi Carti out to perform “Left, Right,” “Broke Boi” and “Fetti” — Carti definitely left his mark on Philly last night.
The momentum was on 10 from fights to mosh pits. Things became surreal for me, even though I wasn’t one of those guys on stage — I genuinely felt happy for Uzi. For Lil Uzi, he has successfully made his career a full circle by bringing it back home and throwing one of the best concerts I have EVER been to.
Everything I want to add just had to simply be experienced!
Check out footage of Lil Uzi’s homecoming show here, by Guru Media Group