Getting G Eazy With It At ‘The Endless Summer’ Tour

By on September 10, 2018

G Easy (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

G-Eazy

With P-Lo, YBN Nahmir, MurdaBeatz, Ty Dolla $ign, and Lil Uzi Vert

‘Pray For Me’ As ‘The Endless Summer’ Tour Winds Down”

             Normally in early September the air in the Tampa area is thick with humidity unless it’s already raining. Tonight was no different, but the emotions after the announcement of the untimely death of Mac Miller filled the air making the humidity even worse. Despite the loss felt across hip-hop, G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, YBN Namis, MurdaBeatz, and P-Lo knew they had to go above and beyond in his memory. They did that and more.

P-LO (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

            Opening the show was P-Lo. Best known for his work with HBK Gang, he brings a unique style back to hip-hop. Originally from the San Francisco area he as a unique delivery and stage presence that worked the crowd as they were filing in. Despite a rather short setlist time, he was able to get the crowd going by controlling the stage from side to side. Performing his latest hit “No Idea”, the hype songs “Feel Good” and “Put Me on Something” had people bouncing around, hands in the air.

P-LO (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

YBN Nahmir (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

            Following up was YBN Nahmir hitting the stage with YBN Glizzy joining in to really hype up the crowd. Clad in diamonds, full of energy, and stage presence far beyond their years, these young cats quickly delivered a powerful version of Nahmir’s latest hit ‘No Relations,” along with three other tracks for the set.

YBN Nahmir (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

Even seasoned artists have a hard time captivating the audience with such limited time, yet YBN knew exactly what to do. While the bounding from side to side, and having people put their hands up can get people getting in the vibe of the show, YBN was taking precious moments to connect with the fans through hand reaches, eye contact and pointing out fans as they caught their eyes. This simple act is something that is unfortunately all too looked over by too many artists, and something you often saw from the late Mac Miller.

MurdaBeatz (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

            Known more for producing than rapping, MurdaBeatz took over the stage shortly after YBN left. With a set consisting mostly of hyping the crowd by spraying them with “Murda Gang” super soakers, and bouncing across the stage while coated in platinum, gold, and diamonds. Tossing in lines of the songs he produced to keep the crowd amped up, MurdaBeatz as the others before him kept rather short set times (despite appearing twice in the show).

MurdaBeatz (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

Honestly, he made a nice filler but feels more like karaoke as the audience was rapping along with the songs more than he was for a majority of the set. Still he kept them from falling flat before the next set. One of the biggest hypes though, was the random appearance by UBN Glizzy and Namir off to the side of the lower audience and then watching them jog off as they were getting mobbed. This really prevented the tide from turning before the end of his set.

Ty Dolla $ign (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

            Clad in blonde tinted braids, long sleeved t-shirt, and a flat brimmed hat style that is often worn by Rev Run, Ty Dolla $ign took over for his set next. Occasionally playing his own bass lines, Ty shows musical prowess often overlooked in the hip-hop genre.

Ty Dolla $ign (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

This sense of authenticity that many lack today really connected with fans as he commanded the stage. Getting a little over 40 minutes for his performance, he made certain to bring something for everyone.

As a heavyweight level performer for Taylor Gang, Ty has the experience, clout, energy, and ability to be a headliner on almost any tour. Blazing through fan favorites like ‘Pineapple’ ‘Clout’ ‘Saved’ ‘White Sand’ ‘Or Nah,’ and ‘Psycho,’ Ty Dolla $ign gave a class on how to make an audience eat out of the palm of your hand. With spectacular visual effects, and incredibly thick smoke cannons, this set alone was worth the price of admission.

Lil Uzi Vert (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

            Not to be outdone, Lil Uzi Vert was next up, and he left some people’s jaws seriously dropped. Considered by many to be one of the more controversial artists in hip-hop, he brings a deep sense of pride and true enjoyment to his performances despite personal attacks by many critics and those who just can’t cut it at his level.

Lil Uzi Vert (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

With only eight years rapping, and only four since his first mix tape, he handles these issues like a seasoned pro and truly leaves his everything on the stage every night. You hear artists say that they ‘gave the crowd 110%’ but this man…..his 110% and everyone else’s are incredibly different. It’s really something else.

Lil Uzi Vert (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

Like Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Uzi Vert performed for about 40 minutes, and it was to a finally packed house. Keeping everyone on their feet, he gave some added clout to the songs ‘Bad and Boujee’ (a Migos track he guests on), ‘Of Course We Ghetto Flowers’ ‘Hi Roller’ ‘Diamonds All On My Wrist,’ and ‘XO TOUR Llif3’among others.

With his live tracks being a bit shorter than album versions, he was able to fit over 15 tracks in on his set, all while getting with his fan base on a personal level. Speaking of personal levels, I need to give him credit for having one of the coolest tour souvenirs to date; a threaded blanket of himself smoking a joint for 60 dollars. I have seen fleece blankets, flags, and even MP3 players for sale at concerts before, but this was a first for me.

G Easy (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

            Headlining the tour, G-Eazy took the stage to a loud, boisterous, and now a filled to near capacity crowd. Coming out to a black and white cross on the huge LED panel behind him, G-Eazy opened with ‘Pray for Me.’ As he made repeated and obviously painful pleas throughout the show for people to tell others that they love them, and that life is too precious and short, it was obvious how much Mac Miller’s passing has touched him.

G Easy (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

Following up with ‘Legend’ ‘The Plan’ ‘You Got Me’, a cover of ‘Same Bitches’ by Post Malone (with some great visuals from Instagram models,) and ‘The Beautiful & Damned.’ Riding the hood of a 65 Mustang from the back stage, he brought in classic and new visuals together in a way that the hip-hop community has lacked for ages. One of the best songs of the night came from his duet of ‘Him & I’ with Halsey.

G Easy (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

The on again-off again couple has been back together recently, and the love between them is stronger than ever. As she had been watching his set from the pit in front of the stage, she joined him on stage after a terrific introduction. Watching them perform shows how dedicated to each other they are, and how much they are leaning on one another at this tough time.

G Easy (Photo-Jordan Raiff)

Dedicating and breaking down ‘Everything Will Be Okay’ to Mac Miller, G-Eazy broke down on stage. It’s one of the few times a performance has brought me to tears. Closing the show about 15 minutes early from the scheduled hour and 35 minutes, he closed out the show to a screenfeaturing a single image of Mac Miller. It was as if he was blessing G-Eazy’s performance.

            While the tour ended on September 8th in Miami, G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert and the rest of the tour are masters of staying on the road or in the studio. There are more tours in the works, and with ticket and merchandise prices lower than a dinner at most sit down restaurants, these artists know how to reach their audience, and give them their money’s worth.

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