By Kallan Louis
April 16, 2017
Grammy-nominated, G.O.O.D Music rapper, Big Sean, and his I Decided Tour, made a stop at the Fillmore Charlotte on Good Friday. The show, that has been sold out for weeks, was full of mostly college-aged fans who belted out hits from the Detroit native’s four studio albums and his top collaborations.
Big Sean, who first graced the cover of XXL Magazine as a member of the “2010 Freshmen Class” and released his first album, Finally Famous in 2011, has lived up to the hype and garnered commercial success within hip-hop and popular culture. Evidence of this success is not limited to awards and recognitions but also by the diverse makeup of his fans.
While Big Sean does have an impressive catalog of top-charting gold and platinum singles, just about all them feature big name artists like G.O.O.D Music founder Kanye West and Young Money acts like Drake, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. He still performed all of those songs to the pleasure of the audience: “Clique,” “Mercy,” “Blessings,” “I Don’t Fuck with You,” “Beware and My Last.” And when “Dance (A$$)” came on, I witnessed my fair share of twerking.
Visually, the show, at times reminded me of the music video for “Beware” featuring Lil Wayne and Jhené Aiko. The LED lights reflected neon colors on Big Sean outfit and he blended in with the background. During the first part of his show, there were two identical digital floating heads of an older man and there were moments the heads would transform into Sean. The heads also spoke between some songs and moved the performance along like moderator, as if we were in Sean’s head.
Sean balanced his set with tracks from his two most recent projects, Twenty88, the self-titled debut of his duo with his girlfriend, singer Jhené Aiko, and his latest solo album, I Decided.
He noted the energy from the crowd, saying it is one of the livest spots on this tour. He also took a moment to thank everyone for selling out the Fillmore.
Prior to Sean’s performance, restless fans heard from two opening acts. Fellow Detroit artist, Neisha Neshae performed first. The 20 year-old, self-proclaimed “Queen of R&B Trap,” came out with a lot of energy. At the end of her set she performed On a Cloud and opened up to the audience. She told the young people to go after their dreams. She went on to explain some her painful encounters that has motivated her, including her mother’s death while in high school and being victim of sexual and physical abuse.
Atlanta rapper MadeinTYO (pronounced made in Tokyo) unfortunately didn’t keep the momentum going when he hit the stage. A sleepy intro by his hype man didn’t help but MadeinTYO should have taken it to another level from the start. His performance was just entirely too long for a newer artist and would have benefitted from a shorter set. The crowd was unenthused until his last couple songs including “Uber Everywhere.” Big Sean seems to really like MadeinTYO and thinks he has a bright future as he stated when he brought him back out during his set to perform Skateboard P featuring himself.
The I Decided Tour, Sean’s fourth, wraps up its two month North American trip April 20 in Miami.