Photography by Jens Olson-Kikuchi, The Come Up
DC native Phil Ade shut the stage down at The Studio at Webster Hall last night. The upcoming rapper made his stop in NYC as a part of his R.O.S.E tour, alongside the BX’s very own, The Kid Daytona. The show was hosted by Peter Rosenburg ofHOT97 and DJ Juanyto on the 1s & 2s all night.
Before Ade took the stage, several other artists had the crowd bumping, including Face 49, Avenue, AUDUBON, Sean Chrystopher, and many more. The Kid Daytona kicked things up a notch when he came out. Performing tracks such as “Copy Copy”, and “No Reason”, he had everybody’s head bopping. He then did one for the ladies when he performed “Shotgun”, slowing it down a bit. The Kid Daytona made it clear he wanted to turn up when he began his set, and that is just what he did with “On the Hill” and “You Ain’t Low”, engaging the crowd and being so nice as to pass out gear from the clothing line, Space Monkey.
Moving along with the night, Raheem DeVaughn took the stage to introduce his artist, Phil Ade. Now we all know that to be a dope artist, stage presence is key, and Ade wasn’t lacking. He too told the crowd that he wanted everyone to party, as he opened his set with “Nas Told Me”. Ade’s performance became a story about a dude with a dream, as he moved the show along with “The Dreamer”, telling “all future millionaires [to put] one finger in the sky”.
You could tell who the real Phil Ade fans were, because the whole room got hype when he performed, “P.O.P Music”, “Gone”, and “Break Me Off”, classics off of #PhilAdeFriday and #PilAdeFriday2. He even jumped into the crowd during “Gone” to bump with his fans.
Ade later took us back to his story about a dream, telling the crowd about the things he used to do before he realized he wanted to rap, and all the people who told him it was not going to happen. He then took a second to thank his fans and supporters for coming out. “Y’all making our dreams come true”, Ade said, “and that’s real talk”.
His set continued with “Disappointed”, and ended with “Xscape”, both off of R.O.S.E.
Ade came to NYC to turn up and that’s just what he did. His R.O.S.E tour continues tonight at the Twelve Lounge in his hometown, D.C.—Aicha Forbes-Diaby