Rae Sremmurd and Lil Yachty Turn Out Philly for SremmLife II Tour

Concert Review, Hip-Hop/Rap

Rae Sremmurd and Lil Yachty are two of the hottest acts in hip-hop right now. Combined, both artists have eclipsed 600 million streams on Spotify. Their styles are undeniable, and now that we’ve experienced their live show, it’s clear that the magnetism of their music doesn’t stop in the studio.

The SremmLife II tour just stopped by Philly’s Electric Factory for its 5th date in the circuit. With hyping assistance from openers EearzBobo Swae, and Impxct, the packed crowd quickly grew to a peak level of rowdiness.

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Then the long-awaited appearance of Lil Yachty occurred, and the fans broke into madness. So much so that it felt as if this performance was more anticipated than Rae Sremmurd’s. One thing is for sure, the notorious Lil Boat did not act as an opener by any means.

During Yachty’s full one-hour set, he had full control over this crowd. Every time the instrumentals to a track like “One Night” or “All In” dropped, the rising hip-hop star would command mosh-pits or a call and response. The energy was unlike anything I’ve ever seen from a venue concert. At one point, Yachty entered the middle of the audience to start his own mosh-pit. This was met by devoted fans attempting to take videos and photos of Yachty, but the rapper repeatedly expressed that he just wanted everyone to just enjoy raging with him. Lil Boat even told one fan, “It’s ok, I’d act this way too if I saw me.”

Then Yachty took it to the balcony. For several songs, his performance took place high above the crowd. This is also when the viral hit “Broccoli” with Big Baby D.R.A.M. was blasted. Through the entire song, the fans did not miss one beat or lyric. I’m not sure of what’s to come with Lil Yachty’s music, but I can assure you that his influence on contemporary hip-hop should not be overlooked.

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After a short break, Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi of Rae Sremmurd exploded onto the stage to the tune of their new track “Start A Party”. The brothers are hot off the release of their second LP, and the swagger they brought to the stage proved their confidence in the new music. For a lengthy 90 minutes, the group played out every Rae Sremmurd staple from “No Type” to “Up Like Trump”.

And what would a Rae Sremmurd show be without the frills? That’s why we saw Swae and Slim bring out all their tour buddies on stage to share in Henny guzzling and blunt smoking. There was also a lot of pineapples being smashed, but we’re not really able to explain that at the moment.

A lot of critics of the current hip-hop scene will be eager to down a Rae Sremmurd and Lil Yachty headlined tour. They’ll tell you that their lyrics aren’t real. They’ll tell you that their music isn’t real.

On the other hand, there are modern-day enthusiasts who will tell you that this is the sound of the new generation, and no one should denounce that.

But one thing that’s unquestionable is the energy that these acts brought to Electric Factory this past Friday. View our full photo gallery below to get a better sense of the madness that ensued.

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