6/21/2019 0 Comments
Westside Boogie returned to Los Angeles for a Sold Out Concert at Hollywood's The Roxy with openers KB Devaughn Bobby Sessions and R I L E Y.
Since the late 90's there has been a pothole in the Westcoast rap game waiting to be filled. We were luckily gifted with Los Angeles based rising legends such as Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, and even YG. Now a new artist is rising straight outta Compton, and his name is Boogie. Returning to Los Angeles, Boogie took the stage for his debut headlining tour "Everything for Sale" at Sunset's The Roxy. Joining him on the tour was KB Devaugn, Bobby Sessions, and R I L E Y. The tour introduced us to the new era of Los Angeles hip hop; blending storytelling, Gfunk and more into their energetic sets.
Boogie came to our attention in 2017 when he signed with Eminem's Shady Records. This partnership created several opportunities for the Compton rapper including a feature on Eminem's album and the 2017 BET Hip Hop Award's Detroit based cypher. Longtime fans were introduced to Boogie from his 2014 release, Thirst 48. A tale that showcased the young rapper's blending of his Gospel background, yet still a struggling youth surrounded by LA's gang culture. Ironically he was introduced to both lifestyles at once, which many young Black males are in the area. A friend from church glued Boogie's ties to the Westside Piru Bloods. This built lifelong friendships that increased Boogie's storytelling skills and growing audience. Music was only a hobby, that Boogie took away from his background in the church. With the birth of his son in 2009,
Boogie finally decided to take his music more seriously. Encouragement from friends and networking, allowed Boogie to get back into the studio. Thirst 48 1 & 2 and The Reach highlighted the rapper's raw talent and unprecedented lyricism. His Jahil Beat's produced single "Oh My" reached viral success and cultivated his skills as a game player in hip hop. From Interscope to Shady Records, Boogie's speedy path to success continued with his 2019 studio album release Everything for Sale. Pitchfork acknowledged the Compton rapper's debut as " smart, technically dazzling, and thoroughly sullen".
Maximizing the album's outreach, Boogie announced his first headlining tour in February. The Everything For Sale tour was set to make stops throughout North America and Canada. A couple of California stops on the tour included Santa Ana, San Francisco ,and San Diego. Lucky for us we made a stop at West Hollywood to experience the enigma of the new era in Los Angeles rap in person.
Boogie's past Instagram posts included parody videos of typical salesman commercials. From broke down cars to church service miracles, Boogie's Everything for Sale CD can cure everything and anything. Sticking to his theme of ironic self-promotion, Boogie matched the tour's marketing plan with his album's. With an old school Craigslist-designed website, fans could expect this level of sarcastic energy and witty humor from the Compton rapper's tour.
Knowing Los Angeles based concerts, we decided to catch the concert a little bit later than the scheduled. However, in doing so we missed out on the performance from R I L E Y. We caught the show right on time to check out Dallas-born Def Jam rapper Bobby Sessions. The Roxy hosted an intimate performance perfect for attendees to get an up and personal show from their favorite artists. Sessions capitalized on this by utilizing his melodic waves and amazing stage presence. The young artist recently gained fame for his music performance from the movie The Hate You Give. He performed songs from his 2018 debut album RVLTN.
Next to the stage was Inglewood native, KB Devaugn. This rapper is a longtime friend and mentee of Boogie. This was our first introduction to the young rapper and lets just say we are impress. He has that West coast soothing and lyrical flow that only Los Angeles natives can attempt. He performed hits from his mix tape 4 Me, Not U.
Finally after a couple of minutes Boogie was finally brought out onto the stage.
Boogie entered the stage with a huge chip on his shoulder. This was to be the first time young rapper was returning to Los Angeles as a headliner. After all these years grinding, it was finally to see his work on the grand stage of Los Angeles. The LA crowd was more than ready to see their hometown hero. He performed several tracks from the tour-based album including "Silent Ride", "Skydive", and "Self Destruction", With these tracks, the audience sung every lyric word from word bringing a smile to the young artists' face. One fan was such a Boogie fanatic, that he had the opportunity to perform one of the songs with the artists on stage. The rapper also revisited several of his old tapes introducing fans to pre-Shady Records Boogie. Joining the rapper with his performances were TDE's Reason, DaniLeigh and 6lack. The last number of the rapper's hype performance was his stand out hit with his mentor Eminem, "Rainy Day". Although Slim Shady was not there, Boogie proved he did not need the extra star power to put on an amazing show.