Rapper Bas was set to perform and heat up 7th Street Entry Friday evening when he added a last-minute surprise that afternoon.
He announced that Lexii Alijaii would be appearing as a special guest, making Minneapolis a unique tour stop amongst the 43 dates across the United States.
Alijaii took the stage displaying sheer confidence, reciting lyrics from her latest project, Growing Pains. Her song “Miss Jackson” received ‘wows’ from the crowd. It’s a song she described as her version of Outcast’s hit single of the same name, just spelled differently.
Alijaii continued her performance with a bright smile and heartfelt lyrics, additionally mentioning that her 21st birthday was only two weeks away – Happy Birthday!
Bas’ good friend Correy C took the stage next. He expressed his gratitude towards Bas for checking on him while he was in jail, and for inviting him on this tour upon his release. He boosted the energy in the 7th Street, performing songs from his 2018 project Digital Scale.
If the crowd wasn’t already feeling incredible, Innanet James made it clear how he felt. He opened his set with “Amazing,” a song off his second album, Keep It Clean, which features a reference to linebacker Anthony Barr of the Minnesota Vikings.
“Minnesota Barr, like Vikings. That’s just a snippet of my life, though I ball out daily.”
James hails from the D.M.V. (Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia) area, which is also the same area in which Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs grew up.
James stopped his set to address the crowd, “I got pulled over on my way here tonight…” He said his vehicle was stopped and searched for more than an hour, leading to the confiscation of his weed.
He dropped “Where We Go” with lyrics that include “Girl, grab your Yeezys, we gon’ go where weed was legal.” The crowd got even louder as he asked them if they liked money. Then his track “Bag” began, a song that is featured on the EA Sports video game Madden 19.
Rexx Life Raj from California commended the Minnesota crowd for living in “below zero” temperatures. He jokingly told a story of how his vehicle slid on ice and almost hit a lady on the way to the show. It was a charming moment of comic relief.
He performed a mix of soulful vocals and hot bars to warm the crowd. Towards the end of his set, everyone pulled out their phones to assist in a crowd-collaborative light show.
The vocals of Dreamville artist Ari Lennox began in complete darkness as the crowd awaited Bas’ entrance, “The trees that grew between us, tears we drew up between us.”
When Bas climbed the side steps to arrive centerstage, he was greeted with an ovation from the crowd. Let the “milk” spill!
“Front Desk,” “Tribe,” and “Boca Raton” from his Milky Way album all sparked the most energy from the crowd. Bas invited a fan on stage to perform one of J.Cole’s verses, and it became the highlight of the night.
Bas also took it back to older songs like “Methylone” from the Too High to Riot album and selections from his first album, Last Winter. He even gifted the crowd with an unreleased song called “Costa Rica,” which had a long list of featured artists.
Overall, Bas gave his all to the crowd; he was drenched in sweat by the end of his performance. He thanked the crowd for taking part in his first headlining tour but assured them that this would not be his last.