Issa Concert with 21 Savage and Tee Grizzley at The Fillmore

Concert Review, Featured, Hip-Hop/Rap

Nothing short of the word “hype” would accurately describe the Philadelphia Issa Tour stop on Saturday.

Tee Grizzley may not be mainstream yet, but his show pleased current fans and gained the respect of first-time listeners. His hard-hitting vocals and lyricism bring a unique raw emotion that’s palpable listening to his tracks; during his live performance, Tee Grizzley’s delivery makes the feeling even more intense. The 23-year-old Detroit-born rapper’s viral hit “First Day Out” from his debut album My Moment kickstarted his road to fame, which he wrote while serving a prison sentence. The song’s spectacular success earned him a deal with 300 Entertainment – unsurprisingly, Philly showed out to his strong performance of “First Day Out”. Even as an opener, Tee Grizzley brought his Detroit spirit to the City of Brotherly Love, and The Fillmore was all ears.

It was a blessing ♥️ #teegrizzley #issatour

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Going back to the East Coast, Brooklyn rapper Young M.A.’s talent left me surprised that I’d never heard her music. Of course, her knockout hit “OOOUUU” had the crowd rapping along, but other selections from her project Herstory (which she released just days before the show) and even going back to earlier this year with her “Kween” freestyle had people going hard. While I didn’t have concrete expectations for her performance, Young M.A.’s New York styling brought a rap battle vibe to Philly’s newest music venue, which was a welcome surprise.

If the crowd’s energy could start a fire, 21 Savage would have set the Fillmore ablaze (and his crew would’ve put it out just as fast with all of the water bottles they emptied on the crowd). With “Red Opps” as one of the opening tracks, 21 wasted no time feeding the hype after a proper opening. The energy kept rising with the DJ putting on “Antidote”, “Mask Off”, and even shouting out Kodak Black with “Tunnel Vision” to see which side could be the loudest. The densely-packed show was rounded off with 21 Savage’s performances of his verse in “Sneakin’” as well his current most popular tracks “No Heart” and “X”.

My only disappointment is that the show wasn’t any longer.

Check out the full gallery and stream the latest work from each of the performers below.



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