The YGM crew was at Europa in Brooklyn Saturday night to watch some of our favorite upcoming rap artists perform. On the ballot for the night: Triple J, pop-duo Upper West, Visionary Music Rapper Logic, and the headliner OnCue.
Read the entire review and see concert footage after the jump.
Triple J was the rookie of the night, however all music fans know from experience that that means nothing. Triple J put on a hell of a performance, and really convinced those in the audience to check him out when they got home. Triple J took about 10 minutes out of his time slot to just freestyle, which was so dope and really showcased his talent. He was even having people from the audience yell out words for him to rap with. YesGoodMusic sat down for an interview with him, check that out in the future.
Next up was Upper West, the aptly named pop-duo from the upper west side in NYC. Upper West lists Chiddy Bang as one of their main influences, and one can clearly hear the influence in their music…that speaks for itself. Upper West put on a fun show, not going to lie, and I think I was the only one in the audience yelling out the lyrics to “I Won’t Grow Up”.
Up next was one of our favorite upcoming rappers, Logic, who spits in the second verse of ‘All I Do’
“The second I jump on a stage, I’m rocking it, ain’t nobody stopping it
Whoever goes on after me, I’m sorry, ain’t topping it.”
Logic proved that lyric to be true; he absolutely stole the show. He came out with a ton of energy and immediately had the crowd jumping up and down. The same crowd that was quiet during the past two acts were now alive; shouting out some of Logic’s lyrics. Look up ‘stage presence’ in the dictionary and you’ll get a picture of this guy. He planned on going through a nine song set, but the venue cut him off due to time restraints. This made all of us pretty angry, because we saw him practice some dope new songs during the soundcheck that we were dying for everyone to hear; but Logic was cool and respectful of the venues rules and handled the situation well. Logic mostly performed tracks off of his most recent mixtape, Young Sinatra, a must download! I never wanted his set to end, but I was glad he got to finish it off by performing “All I Do“. We got to talk to Logic after the show for a bit, and he really was such a genuinely nice guy. His manager was rushing him out of the venue so we couldn’t get an interview, but he was polite enough to make them hold up while he filmed a quick shout-out video for us. Logic performed a dope set to a crowd of maybe 50 people and definitely gained some new fans that night. On December 27th, he will be playing in front of over a thousand people in Webster Hall for The White Panda’s sold out show. Logic got the opening spot for the 27th and I am sure he will kill it. He will leave the city that night with even more new fans.
New Logic Acapella verse-
Are You Ready-
Now I can’t write a review about a concert and leave out the headlining act. Most of the people in attendance at this show were patiently waiting for Cuey all night. As much as I love Logic’s music, OnCue put on just as great of show. Their performances are hard to compare though since they both create different music. A majority of OnCue’s set consisted of tracks off of his most recent work, Can’t Wait. He ended the night off with “Feel Tall” and almost everyone in this intimate crowd was singing along. Geoff’s blend of rock and rap music transcended really well onto the stage. Not only was Oncue a great performer, but he was also a really down to earth guy. He was nice enough to stick around with the YGM team for an interview outside in the classic NY December weather. That interview will be up later this week, keep checking the site. UPDATE: The interview with OnCue is up, watch it here!!
All The Way-
We all had a great time at the event, and would no doubt support these artists in the future.
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