Oakland rapper, G-Eazy, has been at a nonstop pace. Touring for the second time in 2018 alone, the success of his latest album, The Beautiful & Damned, has taken his talents to visit fans all across the country. This time, a joint tour with Philly native Lil’ Uzi Vert packed 20,000 fans in Hartford, Connecticut’s Xfinity Theatre. This is The Endless Summer Tour.
New comer, YBN Nahmir, is a young rapper who made his start by uploading his first song to YouTube and exploded on SoundCloud. The Alabama resident has a unique and energetic stage presence that is an immediate attention grabber to open the show. His hit song, “Rubbing Off The Paint,” peaked at #46 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 and is easily a fan favorite.
Canadian super producer in the making, Murda Beatz, had 2 sets during the show. One is before YBN Nahmir’s set and the other was after. Murda Beatz has been one of the hardest working producers this year. He’s responsible for hits like Travis Scott’s “Butterfly Effect,” Migos’s “Motorsport,” and Drake’s “Nice For What.” His set consisted of his self-produced records and spraying water guns at the crowd. There may not be a producer in the game that artists are wanting to work with more.
Ty Dolla $ign was a great investment when Wiz Khalifa signed him to Taylor Gang back in 2015. Today, Ty is one of Hip Hop’s biggest names and one of the most recruited artists for features. It’s like anytime he sings on a hook, he can do no wrong. An excellent addition to The Endless Summer Tour, Dolla $ign played a collection of his songs and hooks that he was featured on. Dreads swung and water flew throughout the performance. His interaction with fans was unmatched. Burning down a couple blunts and passing them around the crowd.
Considered to be the new generation’s leader, Lil Uzi Vert has climbed to stardom since releasing his hit song, “Money Longer.” His versatility and style of creating records appeals to young fans as well as older ones. The stage was covered with a blanket of ominous smoke that came out of the mouth of a giant skull. Bright lights flashed from an upside-down cross shaped LED screen that guided Uzi to the start of his performance.
The rapper ran through a set list of songs from his album, Luv Is Rage 2. There are many notable cuts on the project including “444+222” and “Sauce It Up” but Lil’ Uzi Vert made it clear that he also has songs buzzing radio airways. He proceeded to play his biggest song to date, “XO Tour Liife.” Fans sang word for word to the multi-platinum single. The performance would close with Uzi throwing his microphone into the crowd so fans could sing the song to him.
“About 9 years ago, I was put on the bill for a festival right here in Hartford, Connecticut. I don’t think I was paid for anything other than my flight, but I flew out and I was here. When I got on stage there were only 8 people in the crowd. Tonight it’s 20,000 so imagine what 8 people looks like,” G-Eazy told the crowd as he took his position on stage. “I always said I would be back here headlining,” and he managed to do just that as the last performance of the Endless Summer Tour began.
Smoke shot up from the stage and the arena shook all night from the constant jumping fans did. An interesting stage set up made for visuals we had never seen before. A gigantic screen moved in different positions over the stage. It played a big part because it served a different function for every song. G-Eazy wasn’t selfish with the spotlight. He brought out YBN Nahmir to perform his verse from, “1942” and promote Nahmir’s upcoming album releasing in September. As the evening wound down, the energy only increased. The show closed the crowd filing out of the venue while simultaneously singing along to “No Limit.” New music was ensured and after the performance we witnessed, we couldn’t be more excited.
The Endless Summer Tour is still going strong. Make sure to get your tickets to a show before it’s too late.
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