Polo G “Capalot” the Chicago Prodigy

Polo G, the Chicaco Prodigy. One of the hottest names in hip-hop who took the industry by storm with his unique rise to fame came to town to showcase his third studio album, Hall of Fame. Polo brought his young artist Scorey who put on an electrifying and engaging performance for an early support act. Joining Polo on this tour is another hot artist on the rise. Hotboii, per usual, rocked the stage and had the crowd screaming word for word to his main hits Don’t Need Time and Nobody Special.

Finally it was time for Polo to take the stage. DJ Toney Tone had a short introductory set and finally dropped the beat to a fan favorite Flex. The crowd erupted and phone lights came out. Polo entered the stage with a ton of energy and appeared to be in a great mood. Surprisingly enough, Polo steered away from what most hip hop artists do and gave his fan all of their favorites. Playing a wide range of songs from his three album discography.

Remember, Polo’s rise to fame came without mixtapes, something his supporters praise him for.

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Tripp At Knight

Trippie Redd came through Denver Colorado this past Tuesday for a stop on the Tripp At Knight tour with SoFaygo and K Suave.

Starting out the evening, K Suave came out with all the energy truly igniting the crowd! Throughout his performance K Suave displayed his appreciation for his supporters, getting in the crowd amongst everyone while continuing to perform! Following K Suave, SoFaygo came to the stage with some heat starting the set with his song “Off the Map”. While performing he took off the hoodie he was wearing and threw it into the crowd as the beat dropped.

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Rounding up his North American tour Trippie Redd has truly made his mark. From the massive LED screen, Co2 canons and light show this tours production is one to be reckoned with! Aside from the amazing display of the production and his visuals Trippie Redd ended the night with a bang. Rinsing through numerous of his platinum songs such as “F**k Love” a collaboration with XXXtentacion and “Taking a Walk” a track from a previous album, Life’s A Trip. The Crowd was eager for him to perform his latest hit “Miss the Rage” with Playboi Carti, right when the beat dropped for the song the crowd went crazy! Trippie Redd truly performs like a rock star!

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CrasH Tour Brings Numb Numb Juice to Denver

The CrasH Tour

The Legend of TDE continues to grow with the tantalizing performances of ScHoolboy Q’s Crash Talk Tour Wednesday night. What is already known about the legendary label is an understatement compared to the new heights they continue to reach.

Initiating the night was the stunning performance by the artist known as T.F. Upon stepping foot onto the stage, T.F. immediately got the crowd rocking, with sound delivery and amazing stage presence. Furthermore, after T.F. rocked the stage, we were granted another jaw-dropping performance by Kembe X. Performing songs off his sophomore album, (I Was Depressed Until I made This), Kembe X subdued the audience with bars after bars of rhythmic flow patterns. Lastly, before the god M.C. ScHoolboy Q graced the stage, we were met with one of the most underrated artists out right now, TDE’s newest member, Reason. Starting off his performance with songs off his debut album, (There You Have It), and Grammy-nominated The Black Panther Soundtrack, Reason stole the show with his energetic, poetic rhymes, further preparing us for the headlining act.   

A Far Cry From Hoover

Born Quincy Matthew Hanley, ScHoolboy Q is an American rapper and songwriter based in South Central Los Angeles, California. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, on 51st Street, neighboring Figueroa and Hoover Street. ScHoolboy Q attended John Muir Middle School, and Crenshaw High School where he played football. After graduating Crenshaw High School, Hanley went on to attend Glendale Community College, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Southwest College and West Los Angeles College, the latter of which is where he played football for the West Los Angeles Oilers.

In 2006, ScHoolboy began to work with Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), His first time at TDE’s studio, ScHoolboy Q worked with his soon to be Black Hippy cohorts Jay Rock and Ab-Soul. In 2008, Hanley released his first mixtape titled Schoolboy Turned Hustla, After the release of Schoolboy Turned Hustla, he signed a deal with Top Dawg Entertainment in 2009, where he later formed Black Hippy. On January 11, 2011, TDE released Setbacks, his first independent album, exclusively through iTunes, to critical acclaim. ScHoolboy would then go to release Habits & Contradictions in 2012 Oxymoron in 2014, and Blank Face Lp in 2016. All Preparing us for this album and this moment, the Crash Talk Tour.

Last Stop of the Crash Tour

To describe ScHoolboy Q’s onstage performance is not only unexplainable,  I’m not sure if there are enough words in the dictionary to properly give this man the credit he is due. He came onto the stage with his song “Water Ft. Lil Baby” playing in the background. ScHoolboy Q seemed to take a second to admire his onlookers before he started to perform another one of his hit songs “Floating Ft. 21 Savage“, all while doing some incredible dance moves. Bouncing from one end of the stage to another, ScHoolboy appeared to never skip a beat, while his Dj (Mackwop) was standing on his Dj booth jamming to the next song. You could definitely tell these two were in sync. Ending his performance with some of his classics like “Blessed” and “That Part” ScHoolboy Q showcased last night in Denver why is he a living legend.

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Freddie Kane with The Performance of the Year

The Album of the Year Tour

For Hip-Hop fans looking for a display of raw, unapologetic talent, Freddie Gibbs’ The Album of the Year Tour is hands down a must-see show for the Hip-Hop purist. Freddie Gibbs, aka Freddie Kane, further cemented his legacy in the Rap game with Tuesday night’s performance at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom.

Kicking the night off with the smooth delivery of Conway The Machine, we had entered the mind of Freddie. Furthermore, we all stood in awe as Conway delivered one of the most intoxicating performances I have ever seen from an opening act. The Buffalo native immediately captured the crowd’s attention with songs like “Bang Ft. Eminem” and “Tito’s Back“. Coupled with chilling lyrics and 90s up-tempo beats, Conway The Machine showed us why he is on his way to the top of the Rap game. In addition, we were also was greeted with a masterful performance by Cousin Stizz. Coming to the stage with immeasurable amounts of energy, Cousin Stizz performed some of his classics, like “500 Horses“. All and all, these opening acts will soon be top artists in the game, further showcasing Freddie’s genius.

Humble Beginnings

Born Fredrick Tipton, Freddie was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. Gibbs grew up on 17th and Virginia St. on the east side of the city. His journey into the music industry wasn’t an easy road. Gibbs signed with Interscope Records in 2006 and recorded a debut album, but a year later the management of Interscope changed hands and the rapper was dropped. In 2009, Freddie Gibbs released The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs, followed by a series of mixtapes and eventually signing with Jeezy’s CTE Label in 2012.

Releasing his tenth mixtape (Baby Face Killa) under the CTE label, Freddie would soon decide to launch his own label titled ESGN (Evil Seeds Grow Naturally). With his own label behind him now, Gibbs would go on to team up with super producer Madlib, and drop the highly anticipated albums Piñata and Bandana, continuing to show the world why he is one the best artist to ever grace the mic.

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Last Stop on the Tour

Lastly, to bring the show to a close: Freddie took multiple smoke breaks to allow the crowd to prepare for the rapid bars of pure artistry as he started each song off with a simple acapella. Transitioning into his hit songs like “Crime Pay,” and “Death Row Ft. 03 Greedo,” he never seemed to miss a beat. In addition to the comedic banter between him and his DJ, Freddie Gibbs continued to show us why he is highly recommended for anyone looking to hear amazing music as well as have some comedy relief sprinkled into a show.  In the end, we were all left standing, hoping for this moment of greatness not to end, and with the crowd screaming Freddie, Freddie, Freddie… Mr. Gibbs gracefully exited the stage.

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The Adventures of Oliver Francis: A Night at Cervantes’ Other Side

Oliver Francis, self-made vocalist, producer, and song-writer, turned Cervantes’ Other Side into a party last Thursday. With opening acts to bring the room alive, artists Smrtdeath and Marco XO joined Oliver on “The Adventures of Oliver Francis” tour.

Before taking the name Oliver Francis, Alex Kelly (Born June 12, 1992) was a part of three bands: Victory, Glory Days, and Treebend. His musical journey took a different path in 2016 when he was began to gain a large underground following on SoundCloud and YouTube, as well as over 1 million streams.

Oliver Francis has released multiple mixtapes, all displaying his variety of lyricism and production skills; with his first SoundCloud mixtape, Burnout, featuring his most popular song, “Wwaavvyy” with 4.7 million views. Since then, he released another mixtape, Bape Music, an album Chlorine, and multiple EPs since then, all produced and engineered by Oliver.

Opening Acts

Each artist had their own vibe that we could all get down to. Right before Oliver, Smrtdeath reminded us what it’s like to be in love and feel the worst things after Marco XO got the room jumping almost as high as him.

Marco XO

Marco XO had energy from the second his foot hit the stage; if people weren’t paying attention they certainly were now. Running from one side of the stage to the other to deliver rhymes that were almost as quick as his feet, I don’t think Marco ever stopped moving.

Smrtdeath

Following Marco XO’s 30 minutes, Smrtdeath had all the girls leaning onto the stage with his red hair and outfit almost as clean as his performance. His soft voice and fun beats kept the crowd alive until Oliver Francis came out to finish out the night.

Local Appearances

As well as openers on the tour, the night featured local acts, slouch and superare, which both brought a unique sound and display of talent.

Superare played the guitar while delivering soothing lyrics to open up the night before slouch. Slouch’s energy was wild and unique to get the crowd going.

The entire night was a great time and I can’t wait until any of these acts make their way through Denver again.

Photos and article by Simon Quince

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