A couple weeks ago I got a call from Brandon, a fellow Lemonade magazine author, asking if I’d like to attend Schoolboy Q’s show in Seattle. A few years back, Schoolboy Q stole my heart with his performance at the Gorge Amphitheater during Sasquatch Music Festival, so I was excited to see him perform his new album, Blank Face.
His show was at the WAMU Theater, which is a massive performing-arts venue located next to CenturyLink Field. While I prefer smaller, more intimate venues, I could not pass up the opportunity to see one of my favorite performers live.
Opening up for Schoolboy Q was Joey Bada$$, a rapper and actor on the rise from Brooklyn. You may know him from his recent hit single, “Devastated,” or his performance in the Emmy Nominated show, Mr. Robot. If you watch any of his interviews, you would be surprised to find out he’s only 21 since he is such a level-headed, motivated soul. Before “Devastated” dropped, most of his music was either thought-provoking or aggressive, so it was interesting to see a more uplifting and slowed tempo in his new release.
In his performance, Joey Bada$$ utilized the whole stage and made it a point to appreciate his ever-growing fan base. Near the end of his performance he played a new single, “Front & Center,” which uses the Narcos intro theme and was inspired by his time in Mexico. This song is different than anything I’ve heard from him and I can’t get enough of it. He is rumored to be releasing a new album soon so I can’t wait to hear the direction this album goes.
When Schoolboy Q hit the stage, I was shocked to see how good he looked. After losing 35 pounds through a lifestyle change, he was able to run around the stage in a way I hadn’t seen at Sasquatch. He fed off the crowd’s energy, making everyone as energized as he was on stage. Playing the majority of his new album, Blank Face, he still managed to include his other hits like, “Collard Greens,” “Hands On The Wheel,” “Man Of The Year” and “Druggies Wit H*es.”
Overall, I was happily impressed with the concert. Joey Bada$$ and Schoolboy Q complement each other well and had a way of captivating and hyping up the crowd, making it more of an experience than anything else. I would recommend anyone wanting to check out the hip-hop scene to check out either of these rising artists.
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