Lupe Fiasco and Big Sean - Big Boy's Block Party - 10/17/12
Big Boy's Block Party
Last night, Big Boy's Block Party at the Palladium, hosted by the venerable Power 106 DJ, featured a little something for everyone. Headliner Lupe Fiasco brought his loyal fanbase and politically charged lyrics. Backed by a six-piece band, the black-clad rapper performed with intensity, thrusting his body violently into the mosh pit. The Chicago-native's intensity was reflected by the crowd, who chanted "Lupe, Lupe" between songs.
He dedicated different songs to different people, like "Beautiful Lasers," in which he paid tribute to a fan who told him it kept her from killing herself.
"Go fucking vote or be like your favorite rapper and start a revolution," he said, in something of a turnaround. But otherwise, outside of shouting out Trayvon Martin, Fiasco mostly kept the political banter to a minimum. By the time he closed with "Show Goes On," the few fans who remained sang along to the lyrics and were clapping for an encore, before the lights came on.
While Fiasco may have been the headliner, Big Sean easily drew the largest crowd. Unlike his show in March at Club Nokia, he was energetic and engaging, carrying himself with swagger while directing the audience to wave their arms and dance. People were into it. His half-hour set featured songs from both his mixtapes and full-length, before the backdrop of a huge screen, which projected images ranging from Katt Williams to clips from his video "RWT."