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In celebration of his freedom and the release of his new mixtape Acquitted, Gunplay took to New York City’s SOB’s last night for a supercharged performance. From his first moments onstage last night, Gunplay sought to make an impression on the audience, opening with the raucous “Salute Me,” before ripping through some of his popular guest features like Lil Wayne’s “Beat That Shit” and Rick Ross’ “Hold Me Back” remix.
After performing his verse to T.I.’s “Ball” remix, Gunplay jumped right into some of his new material, where he was joined by Harlem rapper Vado to perform “D.O.P.E.,” off Acquitted. ”Applause for my man Gunplay!” announced the DJ after. “My homie just beat a life sentence.” Earlier this year, armed robbery charges against the MMG foot soldier were dropped after the victim refused to cooperate with Miami police.
The energy carried forward as Gunplay ran through cuts “Drop Da Tint” and “Dive By” with fellow Triple C’s member Torch. Next up was “Gunplay,” the eponymous song off Ross’ Deeper Than Rap. “Gettin how I’m livin’ it/ Damn near dyin’ for every digit I get” he bellowed . After performing “Definition Of A Plug” and pausing to show off his championship wrestling belt tattoo to the audience, he performed his popular collaboration with Kendrick Lamar “Cartoons & Cereal” and his standout verse on A$AP Rocky’s “Ghetto Symphony.” On the latter, he ditched the instrumental, rapping a capella to the quiet but receptive crowd.
Ending on somewhat of a serious note, Gunplay declared “This one is for all my dead homies” as the intro to “Bible On The Dash” began playing. Once he finished, it played again, with the audience demanding an encore. “[It] was definitely my favorite part, performing for all my homies,” he said afterwards. With that, he left the stage, and his first major headlining show behind.─Chris Mench