It’s been over a year since Young Thug has returned to Houston, and we all know how epic that show was. However, this go around, all of the attention was focused on Thugger, considering all of the additional acts as toppings on the cake.
Taking place on one of the unluckiest days of the year, Friday the 13th, didn’t stray fans from coming out to support their beloved rapper. Selling the venue out weeks before at about $30 for general admission and $75 for VIP, the line was stretched out past Warehouse Live as expected. Thug’s fanbase featured predominantly teenagers — of all ethnicities — which seems to have expanded from the trap-like ambience a couple of years ago.
Doors were set to open at 7 p.m., but was instead opened about 30 minutes later. Fans rushed inside like raging bulls being let outside of its pen at a rodeo. After the DJ spent roughly upwards to an hour of warming up the crowd with viral hits like “Faneto” and “Cut It,” the HiTunes tour openers finally emerged onto the stage after a 10-15 minute intermission.
Dae Dae, one of Atlanta’s emerging young talents, was the first to take the stage and ignite the crowd. Performing tracks from his recent mixtape 4 Seasons, which included his most popular track “Wat U Mean,” that has already accumulated over a million plays on YouTube. Many may know the track after watching the popular Vine dancer @SheLovesMeechie‘s videos, who has become known for choreographing a numerous amount of dance visuals for rising Atlanta artists.
After Dae Dae’s short set, Rich the Kid took the stage, performing his bass-heavy tracks “Goin Krazy” and “Plug.” Three songs into his set, Rich surprised fans with a special guest: Houston’s own, Maxo Kream. The once civilized crowd turned into a full fledged mosh pit when the beat dropped for Maxo’s collaborative track “Fetti,” which features A$AP Rocky’s newest protégé Playboi Carti and Dame Dash’s nephew, Da$h. This was easily one of the highlights of the night as the crowd sang word for word to the song.
Two or three songs later, Rich ended his performance by thanking the crowd and telling them to get ready for his fellow Atlantian, Lil Yachty. At this point, the venue felt like a sauna, with everybody in the attendance sweating profusely. If you brought a hand cloth like a few individuals in the crowd, you were in luck, because the heat was almost unbearable.
At approximately 9:05 p.m., Yachty came out from backstage in orange shorts, a royal blue Seinfeld t-shirt, and a pair of White/Cement Air Jordan 4s. Yachty kicked things off with his one off track “Ice Water,” repeatedly yelling “Ice, Ice, Water” into his auto-tuned microphone. Things were going well for the emerging rapper, until his DJ ran into a few technical difficulties with the sound 20 minutes into his performance. Being that Yachty is still a burgeoning artist on his first national tour, he probably hasn’t experienced many technical difficulties — and it showed. The teenage rapper appeared to be a bit flustered after the sound went out, and began to pace around the stage saying, “It’s Lit.” Thankfully a few fans from the crowd interrupted the pure silence in the audience, yelling out “Yachty! Yachty!”
Once the technical issues were resolved, Lil Yachty took his energy to a new level with his producer/artist Burberry Perry, jumping up and down sporadically to their collaborative track “Wanna Be Us,” and eventually jumped into the audience to crowd surf. Later into his set, Yachty concluded his time with his most popular track “1Night.”
Next, it was time for the headliner to finally make his appearance. Comparing Young Thug’s first appearance in Houston to his performances during the Rodeo tour, one didn’t know what to expect from the 23-year-old artist. Finally, Thug walked onto the stage with a encrusted mic wearing a BAPE camouflage t-shirt with skinny jeans, and a pair of high top sneakers. Ten minutes into his show time, it was clear that we will see more of the latter. Instead of just walking across the stage while rapping, Thugger would dance and appeared to just want to have a good time with his fans.
Thugger’s setlist was great –- and that’s no small task. Since his explosion onto the national scene in 2014 with the release of Black Portland, Young Thug has released 10 mixtapes and has a ton more tracks in which he’s featured on. One can be certain that his fans probably heard a few of their favorite songs, as he quickly ran through “Hercules,” “Best Friend,” “With That,” “Danny Glover,” “Stoner” and countless others, even if just for a verse or two.
This was a great show that any true hip-hop fan wouldn’t want to miss. Thug may have truly won over many Houstonians hearts this night as he showed love to the city by bringing out two of the most respected rappers to reach the national stage: Kirko Bangz and Trae the Truth. The Atlanta-bred rapper unexpectedly brought out Trae early into his set to perform “Try Me” with him, and allowed his fellow 300 Entertainment label mate Kirko Bangz to perform his hit record “Drank in My Cup.”
To end the night, Thug hosted a meet-and-greet after his show, so fans could take pictures with him. Young Thug has truly come a long way, and it’s great too see artists transform right before your eyes in a short amount of timespan. Cheers to more success Thugger Thugger!
Young Thug Setlist
Thief in the Night
Pull up on a Kid
For My People