Big Sean, Kid Ink - Club Nokia - 3/27/12
Since 2008, XXL Magazine has anointed a group of up-and-coming rappers as their freshman class in order to show fans what the future of hip-hop will look like. Memorable alumnus include Kid Cudi, Wale, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa and last night's headliner, Big Sean.
Playing to a packed Club Nokia mixed with hipster b-boys, hip-hop aficionados, college kids and literally everyone in between, Big Sean represented the XXL alumnus and headlined the show. Despite spending a lot of time talking to the audience (who didn't mind the breaks in the music), the Detroit-based rapper performed songs off his popular mixtapes and his album, Finally Famous (a little presumptuous for a debut album, right?), that had the crowd bobbing their heads and flailing their arms on the tightly packed floor area that could barely be seen due to the clouds of smoke.
The rapper informed the crowd that his
album song "Dance (A$$)" went double platinum and was greeted by a roar. He continued by telling his legions of fans that album number two would be ready for a summer release and that a bunch of mixtapes would be on the way before that. That's probably a good thing, since the songs that went over well live were the songs off his earlier mixtapes. Everything else sounded like an unimaginative mix between generic modern hip-hop and S.Mouse from the HBO program Angry Boys.
As ordinary as the beats were, it didn't seem to affect the audience, who were singing along to nearly every song. When he wasn't talking, Big Sean's energetic performance had fans bouncing up-and-down and dancing. By the end of his extremely abridged 35-minute set, Big Sean had done what almost every rapper does these days and peeled off layers of clothes so that he was shirtless.