A free show doesn’t mean a weak show, as Big Sean proved last night at his album celebration concert. Performing before a raucous capacity crowd in Manhattan’s Irving Plaza, Sean, and a host of G.O.O.D guests, gave everyone present much more than they paid for.
Beginning an hour-long set with a remixed “All of the Lights,” the little big man whipped the crowd, which skewed teenage-young, into a frenzy from the jump. From there, as he stripped down from a red blazer to a t-shirt to shirtless, he energetically jumped into material from his latest mixtape, Finally Famous Vol. 3, including “Supa Dupa Lemonade,” “Made,” “Too Fake,”—at which point he brought out Chiddy Bang—“My Closet,” “Memories” and “Bullshittin’.”
Then, in the first big guest splash of the night, Sean brought out a fellow G.O.O.D musician, Pusha T, for “My God.” As the crowd gobbled it up, Pusha exited the stage, and Sean segued into a handful of other cuts from his forthcoming album, Finally Famous, which hits stores this Tuesday, June 28. In addition to the album’s earliest singles, “I Do It” and “My Last,” Sean also got the crowd bumping to “Dance (Ass)” and “High.”
As solid as the 22-year-old MC’s set was, the loudest ovation of the night was reserved for Kanye West, who came out and assisted Sean on “Marvin and Chardonnay.” As the two shared the stage, the show reached a high crescendo. When Ye—outfitted in a backwards Dallas Mavericks snapback—turned to leave, people began chanting in unison, “Yeezy! Yeezy!”
As Sean wound down the show to “My Last,” it was clear the night was anything but that. —Tzvi Twersky with photo courtesy of Jim Ice