Age is Just a Number
At just 17, Lil Mosey has gained accolades that take most artists years to attain. His first debut single, “Pull Up”, racked up over 25 million views on YouTube. His hit single “Noticed“ topped out at #80 on the Billboard Hot 100. And the Washington native’s first studio album, Northsbest, debuted inside the top 30 of the Billboard 200. This included another hit track in “Kamikaze,” which helped skyrocket his per month Spotify listeners to over 6 million.
Lil Tjay, who opened for Mosey and helped prep the crowd, delivered a standout performance. An internet star who has over 50 million views on his hit “Brothers” as well as over 2 million Spotify listeners, Tjay is also just 17. He uses his unique experiences as a young teenager to fuel his writing.
On stage, he looked like he was genuinely having fun, as a grin covered his face for most of his set. He was surrounded by his friends who supported him by hyping up the crowd (which was lethargic all night) and providing
Tjay’s delivery has an R&B sound to it, lyrical and wavy, which he mixes with catchy trap beats to create his sound. He was able to switch back and forth between harder-hitting bangers to a few lowkey jams, which is a nod to his dexterity as an artist. Chants of “Tjay!” echoed as he ended his set.
Live Vocals On Point
To no one’s surprise, Mosey attracts a younger crowd due to his age and his strong social media presence. However, he carries himself on stage somewhat like a seasoned vet: calm, cool and collected. I was pleasantly surprised by his live vocals, which were generally right on target throughout. His delivery is unique, reminding me a bit of Lil Yachty’s sing-song, autotune flow mixed in with a bit of A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s rap/singing style.
Although he’s from the Pacific Northwest, his style is heavily influenced by Atlanta trap. He doesn’t quite move around like his openers did, but his hits more than make up for his lack of movement. High-pitched calls of “I love you, Mosey!” were quite common throughout his set. At one point, he mentioned he was a bit tired, but that if the crowd gave him the energy he needed he would respond in the same way.
Mosey began with a few songs off his newest album, only to stop abruptly to tell the large crowd to get a little more hyped up. This was a consistent theme through each performance. Maybe it was because most of the crowd had school the next morning (to which Mosey yelled repeatedly, “F*ck school”) but their energy seemed to be lacking the whole night. He switched to a few slower jams to let them “rest” and then played a few radio crowd pleasers to get them going again (“Minnesota” -Lil Yatchy, “Look At Me”-XXXtentaction). His set ended with his two biggest hits, “Noticed” and “Kamikaze,” and the crowd finally decided to wake up. He began “Noticed” acapella, which was eventually coupled by a massive beat drop. The crowd enjoyed “Kamikaze,” to which they knew almost every word.
Both Lil Mosey and Lil Tjay overcame a weak audience to deliver solid, entertaining performances. I’m sure with any other crowd, they would have had the place going nuts.