By Makena Mambo
September 14, 2017
The Queen City showed out in a multitude of vibrant styles and backgrounds Tuesday night, as crowds filed in by the masses at the Fillmore, all eagerly awaiting 2 Chainz’ return to the Queen City. The concert was completely sold out. The dimly lit venue was engulfed with loud chatter from excited fans and blended with high-energy bangers from he DJ; we anticipated a good vibe as we stood shoulder to shoulder.
The show kicked off with an artist known for spitting lyrics that are raw and real. The heat from Young Dolph was dynamic and faultlessly paired with his icy Rolex and chains that glittered in the lights with every motion. Of course what would Dolph’s show be without performing the notorious track “100 Shots” from his latest project titled Bulletproof. The Memphis-bred rapper stated how Charlotte has become a second home for him due to several altercations, including the infamous incident from earlier in the year where he was in the city to perform at several CIAA events. Reports stated that his SUV was hit with as many as one hundred fired bullets but there were no injuries due to his vehicle being fitted with bulletproof panels; Dolph went through with his planned shows for that night. During his final songs, Dolph brought on stage his eighty-six year old uncle, styled with his own personal chain and fitted cap, as he rocked and grooved with his nephew receiving roaring cheers from the crowd leaving us all hype for the arrival of 2 Chainz.
Not long after the Pretty Girls Love Trap Music tour had begun, 2 Chainz faced an untimely accident resulting in him breaking his leg, but the rapper used this adversity to his advantage to make the tour even more noteworthy and iconic. He shared a few words regarding why he was temporarily handicapped. “So I broke my leg 11 days ago, and had surgery 10 days ago,” he explained. “When I woke up from sedation the doctor told me, ‘well looks like you’re gonna have to cancel your tour.’” But 2 Chainz wasn’t ready to throw in the towel that easy. “So I told him maybe it means God wants me to use my mind and be creative,” he continued. “So after all the morphine and pains meds wore off, I called management and said somebody find me a ‘pink wheelchair.’ I can’t let my fans down besides I’m passionate about this sh*t!!”
With the impressive pink “Whitehouse” installation set up on stage, 2 Chainz was wheeled through the doors by his lovely “Trap Nurse” who accompanied him throughout the entirety of the performance with her illustrious dances moves along with the fiery “Trap Dancer” gals. “Tity Boi” started off with some of his top throwback tracks including “No Lie,” “I’m Different” and “No Problems” that had everyone amped singing along with his “Trap Choir” that gave a heavenly gospel touch. Performing the hits from his album, “It’s a Vibe,” “OG Kush Diet” and “Good Drank” were carried out through the crowd singing word for word. Shortly after, the DJ announced that it was 2 Chainz’s birthday, which created an ambiance of celebration as the Queen City shared this exclusive honor. What would a birthday celebration be without the legendary “Birthday Song” to close out such a hype show? The electrifying spirit kept the night positive, I guess “it’s a vibe.”
Check out the remaining 2017 2 Chainz tour dates.