An Evening with the Trap God

Being back home after my trip to LA felt nice but now it was on to another concert. Gucci Mane was to perform at the Warfield on Monday night. I was very familiar with the Warfield but not as familiar with Gucci Mane’s work. Gucci has a career spanning 89 projects total so it was gonna be interesting seeing what he was gonna choose to play that night.

The doors were set to open at 7 with the show starting at 8 but as things usually go at the Warfield, the show didn’t start till around 8:20- 8:30 pm. Time was the least of my worries though, as the pit started to fill quickly. Before I knew the stage was started to get filled by the first act of the night which was DJ Champ. Dj Champ definitely wasn’t bad, but the crowd, including me wanted Guwop on stage. Champ definitely started to get the crowd pumping but it was still gonna take a bit more. Up next to take a jab at the crowd was Casino Mel, who fell short in my opinion. His attempts to get the crowd more pumped seemed to fall further from DJ Champs attempt. From throwing water to having everyone get their phones out, Casino Mel’s attempt to pump the crowd just wasn’t hitting the mark.

Everyone was now getting antsy as we eagerly awaited for the Trap God to take his throne. Coming all the way from Chicago was Dreezy to help get the blood pumping and let me say the crowd was definitely feeling her. Her DJ and her definitely started to get a vibe going within the venue as they both confidently played the perfect amount of about 6 or 7 songs. She brought an energetic and playful performance with her which proved to fit in with the rest of the night. A quick combo got the crowd really hyped as Playboy Carti revealed himself on the stage with a track off his new self titled album. Joining him was his friend and his mom who definitely seemed to add to the hype that was already fueling the crowd. Carti played some new and old hits playing for about a good half hour. The crowd was wildin out for Carti and I was glad he was on stage at long last. His energy seemed to be a bit more hype than Dreezy which was what the crowd needed. Playboy Carti and Dreezy both did a keep job of trying to keep up with a rapper a prolific as Gucci but the crowd inevitable wanted Guwop to take the stage.

Playboy Carti’s DJ stayed on for about 20 mins after Carti left the stage to keep the vibes in the venue up. Guwop took the stage at around 10:30 P.M. which resulted in screams and pushing in the pit as everyone grasped desperately for a touch of Guwop. He opened up his extensive setlist with Classical and continued to play what his fans wanted. He played everything from “Photoshoot” to ‘Lemonade” to “Pillz”. Gucci definitely knew what his fans wanted which was very impressive, but not surprising for such a prolific and solidified rapper as himself. What was surprising was the amount of covers he performed from “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd to “Slippery” by Migos, Gucci didn’t let the heat cool. As far as theatrics go, Gucci was definitely not a theatrical performer, but I feel as though he knew he didn’t have to be. He knew his fans were there to see the legendary Guwop perform and he did exactly that strutting around in his red loafers that were worth more than two months of my rent. Only using subtle movements while performing his extensive 31 song setlist, Gucci delivered a mesmerizing and pumped performance, allowing many of his fans who had never seen him to die in peace.

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Welcome to a Celestial Plane

It seems as though the LA music scene will always pull me back in. The Walt Disney Concert Hall would be welcoming Sigur Ros along with the LA Philharmonic on April 15, 2017. This being my first time seeing Sigur Ros and going to the Concert Hall, I had no idea what to expect, but I was a familiar with their post rock work. Sigur Ros used to be composed of four band members but  due to a bandmate leaving there was only three now so it would be interesting to hear their sound without their past member. Originating from Reykjavík, Iceland, much of their lyrical components are produced using a combination of both the Icelandic and Hopelandic language making their lyrics incomprehensible to many. You would think this would create a barrier to people who do not speak these languages, but it creates a new sort of depth to the music that was very present in their live show.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall was one of the most spectacular venues I have visited thus far. Construction of the Hall started in 1999 with Frank Gehry helming the architectural aspects of this beautiful building. The show was to start at 8 pm sharp and there was no delay as elegantly dressed people filled their seats around 7:30 pm. While my seat was not the best I still had a nice view. Unlike most venues I’ve visited, the Walt Disney Concert Hall didn’t seem to hold a bad seat thanks to its architectural intricacies. No matter where you sat you could still have a clear vision of the artists’ performance, which made it unfortunate that no pictures or videos were allowed to be taken during performances.

The first performance of the night was the LA Philharmonic’s choir. As soon as the musicians took their place everyone in the room was silenced. Performing a striking set of 6 songs the choir put on quite the performance. The acoustics in the Hall definitely took their voices to heavenly heights. The complex layering of voices was mesmerizing as they sung not to the crowd, but to something else, something higher. Following quickly and efficiently was the their counterpart which was the symphony. Playing a compelling set of about 5 songs, the Philharmonic was worth seeing, but wasn’t what I was there for. That being said the Symphony made sure that they weren’t going to be overshadowed, after all they would be performing with Sigur Ros so they would have to match their fellow musicians.

After a brief intermission we were given what we came here for. First the symphony took the stage followed by the trio of musicians, Sigur Ros. The symphony started playing which seemed to queue Sigur Ros to take their places on the stage. The duo of groups opened with the track Á which was followed by 8 other tracks. It was interesting to see the trio accompanied by the LA Philharmonic. Although I have never seen Sigur Ros live, I feel as though the Philharmonic brought a little bit more pizzazz to the whole performance. Marking the end of the show was a final intermission. We returned to the stage set up for three people and watched as Sigur Ros began to close out the show with 6 more songs. While the Philharmonic was a nice attachment, Sigur Ros did not disappoint with their solo performance. A variety of neon lights and visual images gave the show an ethereal view. Vaka and Popplagio were two songs that really shined. Despite facing a brief mistake in song lyrics, Sigur Ros created a mythical atmosphere. Sigur Ros put on a great show and my only regret was the fact that I didn’t get to take many pictures. I don’t know if the real treat was being in the Concert Hall, seeing The LA Philharmonic, or seeing Sigur Ros. I do know that it was an otherworldly experience that you should take if you get the chance.