Gunna proves that he is still among rap’s heavyweights on his Bittersweet Tour

By Cameron Lee

May 30, 2024

Photo: Myicha Drakeford / CLTure

Following the recent release of Gunna’s fifth studio album, One of Wun, the College Park, Georgia native has re-established himself as one of rap’s heavyweights. While noticeably lighter and fit following his release from jail in late 2022 from the ongoing RICO trial against YSL Records; One of Wun marks his fifth consecutive album atop the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts, following 2023’s A Gift & a Curse. It’s been a wild ride for the 30-year-old rapper who aptly titled his tour, “Bittersweet,” rising to prominence as a protégé of modern trap rap pioneer, Young Thug, recently facing ridicule for taking a plea deal in the case.

Gunna returned to Charlotte for the first time since 2019, performing for a sold-out crowd at Bojangles Coliseum on Wednesday night. Photo: Myicha Drakeford

Fans showed up and showed out with their outfits on Wednesday night in Charlotte at Bojangles Coliseum, as Gunna unleashed a barrage of his many hits that spanned back to his early Drip Season mixtapes. In front of a sold-out crowd, the tour stop proved that his fan base has not dwindled at all.

Gunna’s latest album ‘One of Wun’ marks his fifth consecutive atop the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, following 2023’s ‘A Gift & a Curse.’ Photo: Myicha Drakeford

Following a high-energy performance by Alabama rapper Flo Milli, Gunna’s set started shortly before 10:20 p.m.; later than most headlining start times, especially on a school night. Entering the arena on a small glacier-like stage structure with bubbles shooting out from it, alongside a mysterious snow creature; Gunna brought a production that was perplexing thematically, but still enchanting for a coliseum crowd hanging on to every earworm bar.

Performing in front of a mammoth sculpture of his own head, Gunna propelled himself above on a high-rising stilt for “back at it,” early in his set. With multiple outfit changes by the fashion maven, an impressive live band (hidden from the audience’s view), and a riveting video montage detailing his life following jail, he performed all of his biggest hits throughout the near two-hour-long set.

Gunna performed for nearly two hours on Wednesday night at Bojangles Coliseum with a lengthy 43-song set. Photo: Myicha Drakeford

Setlist:

“Bittersweet”
“whatsapp (wassam)”
one of wun”
“prada dem”
“back at it”
“bottom”
“ca$h $hit”
“idk nomore”
“on one tonight”
“south to west”
“DOLLAZ ON MY HEAD”
“MET GALA”
“YOSEMITE”
“Pedestrian”
“Sold Out Dates”
“Drip Too Hard”
“Top Off”
“P power”
“poochie gown”
“NASTY GIRL / ON CAMERA”
“Baby Birkin”
“treesh”
“Banking on Me”
“Bachelor”
“alright”
“bread & butter”
“back to the moon”
“paybach”
“turned your back”
“i was just thinking”
“Drip or Drown”
“neck on a yacht”
“Hot”
“Ski”
“Oh Okay”
“pushin P”
“fukumean”
“rodeo dr”
“livin wild”
“time reveals, be careful what you wish for”
“Who You Foolin”
“THIS YEAR (Blessings)”

 

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