Monday, November 4, 2013

Lupe Fiasco Concert

Last night I went to my first Lupe Fiasco concert and it was awesome. He put on a great performance and I would definitely go see him again.

I won my ticket to the concert from a female I follow on instagram, @goodnailsgonebad aka Royal Fiasco. She's a MEGA Lupe fan! She had 3 tickets to his show in Atlanta but she also had other obligations, so was nice enough to do a giveaway for the tickets. To enter, all you had to do was email her why you should get a ticket. And how lucky am I that I got picked! I was so stoked. One thing that she asked was that we all get together for a picture at the show.

We exchanged numbers via email and it was David who made the first move and called me the day before the show. We chatted for a while then I said I would touch bases with him tomorrow before the show. We agreed to meet at the door of the venue around 8pm then go in and enjoy the show together, as a group. We could take pictures together outside and inside.

The day of the concert, earlier that afternoon, I attended a funeral. After the funeral I took a nap. Just before I laid down, I called David. He said he was coming from a wedding in South Carolina, which was not yet over, so with the travel time he's gonna be late but he was still coming. I said cool, let me know when you get here, we'll try to save you a seat. The third ticket winner, Marisa, hadn't been heard from yet. I called her and left a message letting her know the plan.

Then I took my nap which ended up lasting longer than I wanted. So now I'm rushing. The show starts at 9pm, we were gonna meet up at 8pm, but it's now 830 and I'm not there yet. My phone rings and its Marisa, who "just" got my message and is calling to see if we are inside and did we save her a seat. I laughed. I had to. The day wasn't going well so far and her call irked me. I told her I was on the way. She says ok I'm going inside, call me when you get here.

I park and go inside. I called her and found her inside. She brought a friend. We chatted for a bit and waited for the show to start. Still no word from David.

The show starts with the Boy Illinois, who was on his first tour in his first city. He was good and put on a decent performance. Then there was a short break and some other guy came on stage. His name is Trouble Trouble. I was scratching my head as I listened to his song cause I'm thinking, this has to be a favor that Lupe did for someone. Somebody bargained with Lupe to allow their cousin or nephew or somebody to do their "ratchet music." I just remember dude rapping about "love by the gun, die by the gun" and swag this, swag that. Then he sounded like he was booing on the hook, like maybe someone should have been singing that part or something. Or maybe he was really booing lol. Either way, he did one song and was gone.

For most of the night, it sounded like someone put on an old Ludacris cd and just let it play during the "breaks." The DJ had a few minutes to do some spinning but hearing "Hannah Montana" and "Versace" was irking me so I welcomed the Ludacris again. He also announced that Lupe was "on the way."

The next performer was Stalley. Before he came on, Marisa went into the crowd while her friend took a pic of her. Then her friend grabbed her jacket from under the seat and went into the crowd. They both just disappeared, without a single word. I was miffed for a sec but then I let it go. Marisa didn't seem to want to honor RHOyal's request anyways. Still no word from David. I sent him a text but never got a response so I enjoyed the rest of my night alone.

Stalley was good but he sounded like an upstate rapper. Not saying anything is wrong with them, I'm just not a big fan of upstate rappers. I enjoyed his performance tho.

Finally, the man of the hour comes out. Lupe Fiasco is so much more good looking in person. He rocked out like he was on one. He was super crunk. Did mostly his hits and some new stuff.

The funniest part was towards the end when he told all the guys in the crowd to turn around. "To all my niggas, I love yall, ima need all of you to back up." Lupe wanted all the women in the front and all the guys in the back with their backs turned to him. He was serious too. "I know this is Atlanta but yall need to turn around." And the guys did it. Then Lupe went into his song. Most of the guys slowly turned to the side to try to watch. Some still had their backs turned. Lupe yelled at one dude during the song. "Hey, turn your ass back around." It was funny.

By now my phone battery is just about dead so as soon as I see him walk off stage, I head for the door. Since he arrived late, they told him he couldn't do an encore cause he was already over time. So when it was over, it was over. I really enjoyed myself and it was a great way to end a not so great day. I hate that David didn't make it and we couldn't get the pic for RHOyal, but I had a great time by myself.

When I got to work tonight, one of the forest things I saw was this car tag. It made me wonder if this guy's a Lupe Fiasco fan lol.