Wale Brings Out Kid Cudi & Young Chris At NYC Concert, Roc Nation Signee J. Cole Talks 360 Deal [With Exclusive Pics]

“The Attention Deficit Tour has arrived in the motherfuckin’ capital of the world,” said Wale before kicking off his headlining set at the sold out Le Poisson Rouge in New York last night (May 7).

Taking the stage around midnight with Patron bottle in hand, Wale plowed through an hour’s worth of material with the frenetic go-go collective UCB backing him up, as he bounced between cuts from upcoming album and mixtape favorites such as “W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.”

Halfway through, he brought out his first guest, Young Chris, who ripped off a few verses from Young Gunz hits “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” and “No Better Love.” With Louie luggage in hand, KiD CuDi also took the stage to perform a go-go infused version of “Day N Nite.”

The evening also featured performances from duo Tanya Morgan, as well Canadian singer/songwriter Colin Munroe, who brought out Joell Ortiz for their collaboration on “Piano Lessons.”

J Cole, the first signing to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, also hit the stage early on, after which he spoke to XXLMag.com about hooking up with Hov. “It’s something I couldn’t imagine back in the day. I couldn’t fathom being 14 and writing raps to being here,” said Cole.

His deal with Roc Nation represents a 360 venture, in which the artist shares touring and merchandising revenue with the label in addition to record sales. “That’s the way new artists’ deals are being done in this day and age,” said Cole. “Unless you come to the table with some bargaining power, that’s just what you’re gonna get.”

Any deal with the most successful rapper ever may seem highly promising, but Jay-Z has struggled in the past in regards to breaking talent. However, Cole remains unfazed. “The type of artist that is gonna have success under Jay is the type of artist who’s gonna break himself, so his track record to me is irrelevant,” he said. “It’s really up to me. All [Jay-Z’s] giving me is a platform and a way for me to put my music out there. I’m not relying on Jay-Z to make me or break me.” - Devin Chanda

Photos courtesy of Adrian Fernandez. Click on the image to enlarge.

 

 

  • http://myspace.com/gmacsince1985 Gmac

    360 = rape…that is unless you have a master plan…

  • Jriggs

    The only person I would co-sign from these pics is Joell Ortiz. Everybody can get kicked off the stage as far as I’m concerned. WTF is Cudi doing with that briefcase. He looks goofy as shit!!

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    lol. wale was on first take yesteray.

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    I BEEN WAITIN’ TO SEE WHAT KIND OF ACTS AND WHO WAS GON’ BE THE FIRST TO GET SIGNED TO ROC NATION….

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “DECEMBER 4TH” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP- BLACK ALBUM”))

    • http://www.yahoo.com Streets Is Watchin

      and push repeat too dammit…..its ugly out here

  • HateHard

    Show was sick… Big Sean was dope, J. Cole was dope as hell, Colin Munroe, Wale, Kid Cudi, Joell Ortiz, Young Chris… Lotta good music comin… Bangin ass show…

  • HateHard

    Briefcase is a no go Cudi def no go…

  • http://myspace.com/thetruthandthelight Mo Betta

    WALE word to MR. WILSON we OUTCHEA!

  • Detroit Draper

    Young Chris’s fame is looong overdue and that 360 deal sounds like the worst buisness move for anyone to ever make. Touring is most artist bread and butter especially these days with record sales so low. So for anyone to sign a 360 deal is just ridiculous I could care less if Jay walked into my job right now and offered me a deal. Thats a straight sucker dealn and for anyone to sign that must dont have any hustle about themself

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  • Hip Hop Bopper

    BUGGS THA ROCKA WILL BE PERFORMING LIVE IN CINCINNATI MAY 12TH WITH WALE AND COLIN MONROE AT THE GYPSY HUT

  • http://asianmanflavor@msn.com town business

    @detroit draper don’t worry your wackass will never get signed so that opportunity will never present itself. But make sure those tables at Applebees is clean, I hate sticky tables it fucks up my sweaters.

  • newyawka631

    DON’T FORGET YA FUCKING SCARF,TOWNBUSINESS……YA FUCKIN FAGOTT…NIGGA YA BROKE,YA LUCKY TA EAT OUT AT MCDONALD’S…..STICK TA DA DOLLAR MENU.AND MAKE SHAW YA USE YA EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT…DETROIT.GET AT HIM,SON

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