Young Gerald is bringing quite the show to Philadelphia this week. After already selling out every show on the road and playing for arena size crowds; G is ready to bring his When It’s Dark Out Tour to the Fillmore Philadelphia for what is sure to be two incredible nights of Hip-Hop. Bringing along an all star studded cast, G is surely bringing his A game for this one. Take a closer look at the very diverse and dope lineup below.
Nef The Pharaoh
One of Gerald’s own young, proteges, Nef The Pharaoh, will be taking center stage to begin the wild night. The Bay Area rapper has already received tons of support from the legend E-40 as well as working with Cali giants, DJ Mustard, YG & Ty Dolla $ign. Nef surely has tons of raw talent and reminds me a lot of a young YG with his ability to crush a West Coast beat and just make it vibe. This dude has major potential and definitely should be one of the next rappers out of the Bay. Stream his latest single titled, “#Saydaat” featuring Philthy Rich, in his latest West Coast rendition below. Make sure y’all get there early, as this is a performance you certainly aren’t going to want to miss from this rising talent.
Marc E. Bassy
Another one of Gerald’s Bay Area homies, Marc E. Bassy, is a name that people surely will be talking about after his set. The multi-versed singer, songwriter and rapper displays an unique array of musical talent. From his ability to lay down the most beautiful hook to spitting a few dope bars, it is certain that this dude is just dripping in talent. We were lucky enough to interview Marc back in 2015 at the Roots Picnic (read here). He completely blew us away with his sincerity for his passion and how truly down to Earth he was. This man is truly humble and is only just getting his young career kicked off. If you haven’t already heard his track with G off the album, “Some Kind of Drug“, I suggest doing so below, IMMEDIATELY! Get ready to slow things down, Bassy will provide the perfect vibes in order to get the crowd prepared for A$AP Ferg.
The Trap Lord is looking to become the Hood Pope this year, whatever the hell that means. Hopefully it signifies the new A$AP Ferg to come because we certainly can’t complain about that. 2015, was a fairly silent year for the Harlem rapper, but he hopes to change that with a huge plans in store. After dropping an enormous rap banger in his track, “New Level“, with arguably the most successful rapper of last year, Future. Ferg is absolutely poised for a massive 2016 campaign. With sights of another album on the way, Always Strive and Prosper, and some crazy collabs, including one with EDM superstar, Skrillex, this could very well finally be Ferg’s time up. We saw how big of a year the previous one was for A$AP Mob with A$AP Rocky‘s sensational album and the tragic passing of their leader, A$AP Yams. I can only hope that Ferg is ready to transit into the spotlight and flourish like his A$AP brother. Really looking forward to seeing Ferg bring it and get the crowd hyped up properly for G to take the stage.
Arguably one of the hottest rappers in the game right now, thanks to an incredible sophomore project. Gerald Gillum, aka G-Eazy, is embarking on a giant world tour to commemorate this fine work. One of my favorite albums of 2015, G looks to captivate the audience by doing more than just performing. The set should become a story, like which the album is, illustrating the dark battle of becoming successful and famous. This album is a true story about the pain and struggles G has endured, while not forgetting about the high points as well. It should truly be awesome to see the whirlwind of emotions that G displays when performing deep tracks such as “Me, Myself & I”, “Sad Boy” and “Everything Will Be OK“. Don’t think this performance will be too dark, as G-Eazy will surely be playing his fair share of upbeat tracks in which fans will surely be chanting the lyrics along. The bar has been set extremely high by G himself after some amazing live performances that I have already seen from him. Here is to hoping he exceeds my expectations and then some. In what should be one of the best rap shows to hit Philly in 2016, look for G to cap off what should already be a flawless night.