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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Live review: The Smoker's Club Tour

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 2:50 PM

The Smoker's Club Tour

Curren$y w/ Big K.R.I.T & Smoke DZA

Amos' Southend

October 27, 2010

The Deal: Charlotte gets their first glimpse of hip hop's next big thing, Big K.R.I.T, and catches a contact high from Curren$y and Smoke DZA along the way.

The Good: The crew from Black Flag Records was the local opener and Dow Jones, A. Moss and Deniro Farrar put together their most complete and fluid set I've ever seen. It's like everything is coming together for them and their road work is starting to pay off with much better sets.

Smoke DZA came out with a half smoked blunt behind his ear and got into material from his "George Kush Da Button" mixtape.

Big K.R.I.T. -- Wow! His performance was passionate, intense, high-energy and best of all, dope. He ripped through material from his hit, K.R.I.T Wuz Here, and even some newer tracks sure to be on the upcoming Return of 4eva. Fans really responded to the powerful, self-produced jams. Easily the night's best performance, seeing "Hometown Hero" and "Children of the World" live were special but seeing him spit "Country Shit" over fellow Mississippi flag waver, David Banner's "Like A Pimp" then jump in the crowd to finish the song was crazy. Big Sant joined him on stage and was instantly a crowd favorite, despite the fact he was the spitting of Little Brother's Big Pooh.

I think it's safe to say Curren$y was high as shit! Thankfully the show wasn't hurt at all. He came out on stage and went through tons of material, spitting lyrics as crisply as the records they were on. Even challenging the audience to go bar for bar with him on his verses without the music. What was funnier was his random insights ("it hot as shit up here" + urging the crowd to "maintain their high" since smoking was unheard of) or his impressions of DJ Don Cannon.

The crowd wasn't nearly as large as it was for Curren$y cohort Wiz Khalifa but the few hundred on hand were as engaged as any you'll get in Charlotte, proving it sometimes better to have a few hundred diehards rather than a thousand people just coming to be seen.

The Bad: North Carolina's indoor smoking ban didn't seem to sit well with the performers. It was constantly brought up, although I doubt blazing trees indoors was ever legal.

Don't know how many people in the audience were old enough to remember Fiend, of No Limit fame when No Limit was -- No Limit, but I'm guessing it was less than 10.

Nobody complained but the missing songs were glaring. Tracks like "No Wheaties," "Etc., Etc.," and "The Secret" featured all three performing acts but weren't part of the setlist. Slightly disappointing.

The Verdict: Solid show. The local openers outshined the openers on tour, Smoke DZA was about what you'd expect. Curren$y was awesome but K.R.I.T was special. That's the only way to describe it.

The Good: The crew from Black Flag Records was the local opener and Dow Jones, A. Moss and Deniro Farrar put together their most complete and fluid set I've ever seen. It's like everything is coming together for them and their road work is starting to pay off with much better sets.

Smoke DZA came out with a half smoked blunt behind his ear and got into material from his "George Kush Da Button" mixtape.

Big K.R.I.T. — Wow! His performance was passionate, intense, high-energy and best of all, dope. He ripped through material from his hit, K.R.I.T Wuz Here, and even some newer tracks sure to be on the upcoming Return of 4eva. Fans really responded to the powerful, self-produced jams. Easily the night's best performance, seeing "Hometown Hero" and "Children of the World" live were special but seeing him spit "Country Shit" over fellow Mississippi flag waver, David Banner's "Like A Pimp" then jump in the crowd to finish the song was crazy. Big Sant joined him on stage and was instantly a crowd favorite, despite the fact he was the spitting image of Little Brother's Big Pooh.

I think it's safe to say Curren$y was high as shit! Thankfully the show wasn't hurt at all. He came out on stage and went through tons of material, spitting lyrics as crisply as the records they were on. Even challenging the audience to go bar for bar with him on his verses without the music. What was funnier was his random insights ("it hot as shit up here") or his impressions of DJ Don Cannon.

The crowd wasn't nearly as large as it was for Curren$y cohort Wiz Khalifa but the few hundred on hand were as engaged as any you'll get in Charlotte, proving it sometimes better to have a few hundred diehards rather than a thousand people just coming to be seen.

The Bad: North Carolina's indoor smoking ban didn't seem to sit well with the performers. It was constantly brought up, although I doubt blazing trees indoors was ever legal.

Don't know how many people in the audience were old enough to remember Fiend, of No Limit fame when No Limit was No Limit, but I'm guessing it was less than 10.

Nobody complained but the missing songs were glaring. Tracks like "No Wheaties," "Etc., Etc." and "The Secret" featured all three performing acts but weren't part of the setlist.

The Verdict: Solid show. The local openers outshined the openers on tour, Smoke DZA was about what you'd expect. Curren$y was awesome but K.R.I.T was special. That's the only way to describe it.

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