XXL’s Freshmen Live Tour Hits Los Angeles [Show Recap]
[Photos courtesy of Shaughn Crawford]
This past Saturday night, The Official XXL Freshmen Live Tour kicked off in Los Angeles with headlining performances by 2013 Freshmen Dizzy Wright, Ab-Soul and ScHoolboy Q. The show, which took place at the Nokia Theatre nearly a month after the release of XXL's annual Freshmen issue, was a wildly successful showcase for the artists, two of whom (Ab-Soul and ScHoolboy) call L.A. home. Fittingly, the concert sold out and everyone in attendance—from die-hard fans to industry insiders—had a great time watching the TDE and Funk Volume stars tear down the stage.
Dizzy Wright was the first performer of the night and played for a packed house of fans who sang along to every word, highlighting the fact that he's as big in L.A. as he is in his hometown of Las Vegas. In an awesome rendition of his thumping ode to independent success, "Independent Living," Dizzy brought out fellow Funk Volume rhymer SwizZz for a high-energy guest verse.
Next up was one-fourth of the Black Hippy mob, Ab-Soul, who ran through his short catalog of introspective jams. Following the leads of fellow TDE members like Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q, Soul has become an impressive performer in his own right and delivered a solid set without any help from guest stars.
After Soul, the show's final performer, ScHoolboy Q, jumped out onstage in a raucous display of hometown excitement and didn't let up for the duration of his headlining set. With the venue at full capacity, Q ran through hits like "Yay Yay" and "There He Go," before bringing out guests Danny Brown and Mac Miller for performances of their respective hits "Express Yourself" and "Lucky Ass Bitch." As Q wrapped up his set, the massive crowd piled out of the Nokia Theatre, buzzing loudly about their favorite performance of the night.
The XXL Freshmen Live Tour continues tomorrow night (May 21) in New York City at the Best Buy Theater, then heads to Philly and Boston in coming weeks. For more information on the tour, check out the site here.