You’re Out of Your Element
I’m 26 years old. But, I like to say: “I’m cool; I’m hip.” I want to think I’m still with it when it comes to what’s trending in pop culture. And, to a degree, I’m still there. So, when I had a chance to attend A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie on The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, I was all about it.
The Artist (Dubose)
When I finally managed to get my pass into the show it was a mad dash to the front; I had just a few minutes before A Boogie took the stage. So, I pushed through the at-capacity crowd and made it to the front and, within a few minutes, it was time. A Boogie emerged from the back of the stage to a sea of LED phone lights (Haha Kids), and from there the energy remained high.
If you’re not familiar with A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, his rise has been sudden. Artist Dubose went from a relatively unknown Soundcloud rapper from Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx to one of the top 100 streamed artists in just four short years. His work has permeated a lot of the American rap scene, and his songs feature some of the most prominent rappers of the last decade. Don’t let his relatively unorthodox name fool you, this man knows rap and keeps a crowd going.
From start to finish, there was constant energy in the room. A Boogie was frequent in his movement and often stood on the amps right in front of the audience to get right up in the faces of his biggest fans. He occasionally talked to the crowd and often let the fans finish a lot of his verses and choruses.
It wasn’t the typical ‘hold the microphone out to the crowd and hope some loyal fans know the lyrics’ either. The whole venue was shouting the songs right back at A Boogie. Hell, you probably could have put on the beat for “Drowning” (his most well-known track), and I would put a little money on the audience being able to rap the whole thing, top to bottom.
Aweomse From Top To Bottom
The lighting production for the show was relatively simple, as with most shows that aren’t EDM. A Boogie relied on his rap chops, charisma, and never-ending smile (seriously, the guy is so happy) to keep the energy up and the crowd energized. I wouldn’t consider myself a total diehard fan like many of those in the audience, but I still had an excellent time watching A Boogie strut his stuff. It was hard not to smile while witnessing how much fun he was having.
Overall, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie crushed his appearance in Minnesota for the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour. It was a fun show from beginning to end, with one of the more engaged crowds I’ve seen at a show. My only gripe was that it was a rather quick show. There was a hard cutoff time of 11:00 pm due to the 15+ age limit. (Darn Kiddos) But hey, not much you can do there.