with Bobby Raps, BLVCK SPVCE, and DJ TIIIIIIIIIIP
Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis
Saturday, February 21, 2015
To put it simply, Houston's Travi$ Scott brought unfettered pandemonium to the Fine Line on Saturday. I hesitate to use terminology like "turnt," "buck," or "crunk" (in the words of Open Mike Eagle: "A journalist should never write a slang editorial") but it's hard to appropriately quantify the specific feel of the energy without words that cover both the slickness and the rage permeating in the room.
Offering up a pair of Yeezy Boosts to the most hyped audience member, Travi$ brought out reckless abandon by putting on a remarkably intense performance for a packed house of animated fans.
Travi$ Scott Wows the Fine Line
Their best moments as a group found them approaching songs from vastly different jumping points and fitting them into the foggy vibe of the beat. One song in particular combined 1990s meandering melodic whispers alongside RP Hooks' shouting at the top of his lungs while goodkarmaniles played the chilled center point between the two. As their voices develop in tandem with each other, BLVCK SPVCE stands to be a problem.
Maintaining the Minnesota ethic of actually rapping all his bars while venturing into otherwise new territory, he proved adept at handling falsetto hooks and profane verses while engaging in stage antics like crowd-surfing, beefing with attempted chain snatchers, and having a bunch of people on stage. Corbin (formerly known as Spooky Black) made a special appearance for a pair of closing tracks that built to dramatic tensions that saw the crowd explode. They were ready for what was to be an insane conclusion to one of the better rap shows I've ever been to.
His rapping wears its inspirations on its sleeve but his live presence stood apart from the majority of rap shows. Screaming and raging around the stage with wild vibrancy, his performance felt like a hardcore show at times. As the DJ choppily dropped the beat, Travi$ shouted his raps as the audience shouted them back, moshing and jumping and flailing elbows.
When one of the crew lost their cell phone while crowd-surfing, the night could have ended on an unfortunate awkward note had the DJ not dropped a reprise of "Mamacita" as Travi$ chose the winner of the Yeezy Boosts.
Designated the most turnt of the night where nearly anyone present could've won, it was local rapper Ronnie Vyce who took the crown for jumping from the balcony to swing from the rafters at the height of the night. To claim his prize, Vyce rushed the stage and danced alongside Travi$ Scott as they mouthed the words to Young Thug's verse together. One of the most satisfyingly intense rap shows I've ever seen, Travi$ Scott's appearance will be difficult for other artists to top.
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