Detroit rapper Big Sean returns to Australia touring for the first time solo after the release of his second album “Hall of Fame” earlier this year.
The second stop on Big Sean’s Australian Tour landed him at the Hi-Fi in Sydney, on Friday night. Kicking off around 8.30, the line started building up with more snap backs and NBA jerseys than Culture Kings has probably ever had in stock, and all the sneaker heads had come out to play. The Hi-Fi is a pretty intimate venue and the crowd was full of energy and this is the best venue I have ever been to for a concert in a long time.
Western Sydney based rapper and MC Monchichi was the supporting act warming up the crowd with ridiculously quick rhymes making me feel like I was watching Eminem in the 8 Mile movie. After a forty-five minute stint, the atmosphere transitioned into the ultimate RNB vibe with tracks from 2Chainz, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West getting everyone into a smooth grove.
Now, I must warn you that this show is NOT for anyone prone to seizures, it is the most intense lighting I have ever experienced in a show. The curtains were drawn back and through a cloud of smoke appeared Big Sean’s silhouette and microphone stand. Opening the show with Nothing Is Stopping You, the first track off his second album “Hall Of Fame”, had the backing vocals of the entire audience.
The mood immediately amplified when he then dropped “Mercy” from the G.O.O.D Music album, and surprisingly sharp vocals considering the bass line was so heavy it was controlling heartbeats. The stage remained hazy throughout the entire performance and the spotlights and strobe changed colours every few seconds, Big Sean covered every inch of that stage with his hands and “swerve” in full swing.
“Dance (A*$)” and “Clique” were the highlights of the show as no one in the crowd could contain themselves in energetically screaming the lyrics and getting their “gangsta” dance moves out. Big Sean took the time between every few songs to have a few serious words with us, reminding us that if he could make it out of Detroit to perform in Sydney, then we can do anything and f**k anyone that say different.
The crowd was chanting his signature lines like “Oh God”, “Whoa” and “Sean Don” between the songs, which added to the efforts he made to interact with the each of us in the crowd, moving to slap hands and pose for the numerous phones in his face. The audio backtracks were clean and vocals of artists that feature on his songs like Nicki Minaj, were of immaculate quality.
This was the best hip-hop performance I have experienced to date; it was a perfect balance between his first and second albums plus the chart toppers from G.O.O.D music. The passion and energy in his performance is unmistakable and the production added with his interaction with the audience delivers one hell of a show. I would strongly encourage anyone considering the show to GO, and if you’re not considering it then do it!