No freezing cold could stop fans of Bizzy Crook, Audio Push and Wale from storming the doors of Irving Plaza on Saturday night (Jan 10). From the time the doors opened to the finale, fans filled the venue to capacity to see what these three artists were going to bring to New York City. While the crowd was getting warmed up with the sounds of Wordspit and his band the Illest, the fans were patiently waiting for whatever surprises were in store for the night.
Audio Push was the perfect segue into a wild night. Their flamboyant energy was truly addictive as the crowd cranked up their turn-up level for the California-based duo. Oktane and Pricetag performed a plethora of their past hits like “Shine On” and “Tis The Season” minus Joey Bada$$. They also performed their verses from HS87’s “Grindin’ My Whole Life,” which gave life to the entire venue (myself included). They made their exit with their latest single with Wale “Quicc Fast,” but Wale wasn’t about to make his grand entrance just yet.
Next up was Miami rapper Bizzy Crook. He began his set by allowing his Goodluck crew to get the crowd hype. Then Bizzy took the stage and managed to keep the fanbase in the room pleased with his set. He busted out singles from his most recent releases Coming To America and No Hard Feelings. Bizzy’s set came to end when he brought out rapper Manolo Rose and his crew on stage to perform.
“Man we had fun,” Bizzy Crook said. “I had a lot of family in the building. Miami and Brooklyn looked good up there. It’s all a part of the process. I enjoyed every second. It’s all part of this Good Luck thing. Just wait.”
The roars and chants from the audience were a tell-tale sign that their patience was beginning to wear thin once they knew who was up next. The anticipation for Wale continued to build once MMG freshman Fat Trel came out on stage to perform. Trel kept it real by holding the front of the crowd down with a champagne shower courtesy of Bellaire Rose just before Wale made his grand entrance.
His hour-long set was a fusion of tracks stemming from his debut album Attention Decifit to his upcoming studio release The Album About Nothing. The crowd loved his rendition of “Loyalty” and the smokers rejoiced when he laid out his bars for “Rotation.” The ladies went wild when he performed “Lotus Flower Bomb” and “The Body.” He also brought out singer Tiara Thomas for “Bad.” But it wouldn’t be a complete show without some kind of surprise.
In between his set, Wale brought out A$AP Ferg and took over the stage for a few minutes. But in those few minutes, the lone A$AP mobster turned the venue upside-down by performing “Work” and “Shabba.” Wale was turning up with the crowd and loved every minute of it.
The tour can only get better as it makes its way around the US this spring. Their next stop will be at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston. Afterwards they’ll be going on a cross-country trip hitting up major cities across the Mid-West, the West Coast and the South before closing out the tour in Norfolk, Virginia. Check out some exclusive photos from the show below.