2 Chainz w/Pusha T
At Friday night's 2 Chainz show at Hollywood Palladium, the lines outside came to a standstill early. The Atlanta rapper has fans of every race, creed, and color, but the majority seemed to be women in pants so stuffed full that they seemed ready to tear. (Or skirts that looked like the designer had run out of material.)
New Orleans bred R&B singer and recent Def Jam signee August Alsina, the opener, performed his hedonistic single "I Luv This Shit." The audience sang along, and Alsina displayed a strong level of confidence and stage presence. When Trinidad James showed up for his verse on the song, the crowd screamed.
After Alsina's set the screens onstage flashed the album art - a barcode on a white background - for Pusha T's solo debut My Name is My Name
. In all black attire, Pusha's leather-armed and fur-breasted jacket looked like he had a personal vendetta against PETA.
He kicked things off with album opener "King Push," gesturing while rhyming with an aggressive scowl. This delivery remained fairly consistent, whether it was on the grimy "Millions" or the auto-tuned croon "Hold On." So it goes when you're a drug dealer turned rapper with as many words for cocaine as Eskimos have for snow.
Most of the audience seemed unfamiliar with his more recent solo work, but came to life when he performed his verses on "So Appalled" and "Runaway," off of Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
. It confirmed how his affiliation with West's Good Music label has been instrumental to the success of his post-Clipse career.
Half way through his set Pusha brought out L.A. rapper Nipsey Hussle
, who delivered a solid performance of "Checc Me Out" (Crenshaw).
When Pusha T returned for "Nosetalgia" the absence of Kendrick Lamar made the song feel incomplete. Pusha closed with Clipse classic "Grindin'." He beamed and so did the crowd. It was the right kind of nostalgia.