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Published on December 9th, 2014 | by gatsbyadmin

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2 Chainz – Denver recap

2 Chainz and a solid undercard kept Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom bumpin’ this past Saturday night, December 6th. My sister Naomi, who generated her own buzz from the moment we stepped inside, had flown in from Minneapolis for the show. She would not be let down; performances and the venue were on point.

The opening acts came out rapid fire and offered a diversity of styles as the crowd grew. Slated were Red Dot, Splyt, The Chroniklez, RIMES, The Famm Crew, and J-Krupt however a game-time list proved elusive. These acts succeeded in that each exhibited a sense of self instead of merely hyping the headliner. MCs were sweating, putting in a range of work from fast techne over digital synth to the Cisco-esque as the Ballroom got pumped for 2 Chainz’ arrival.

At midnight the man himself jumped on stage with ‘Fork,’ dapping up the front row, and instantly taking the audience to the next level where it would stay throughout a phenomenal show.

The title track off of this summer’s FREEBASE mix-tape hit hardest for me. Not only is this one of Deuce’s most explicit social commentaries but his humor and wit are also on display in lyrics like, “work hard play hard work hard again (FREEBASE!) bankroll had twins can you comprehend (FREEBASE!).” In this way, the playful realism of 2 Chainz models a way to make peace with rotten social conditions and personal demons.

For T.R.U. fans this performance was inspiring and many could be heard going word-for-word with every song. Tity Boi brought out greats such as ‘Spend It’ while 2 Chainz dropped a string of mega-hits including ‘Where the Fuck U Been’ (with an a cappella verse), ‘Feds Watchin,’ ‘I’m Different,’ and ‘Birthday Song.’

Two sweet bonuses were the Deuce verses from ‘Bandz a Make Her Dance’ and ‘Rich As Fuck,’ hit songs by Juicy J and Lil’ Wayne, respectively.

2 Chainz clearly enjoyed himself; he smoked onstage, executed an impressively modest-yet-effective version of left side/right side, and flashed his dance skills in bright red Adidas. In a nod to Denver sports, he even hollered “Omaha! Omaha!” to get the crowd to pass him a lighter.

The Cervantes’ Masterpiece venue should consider the show a success. Security set boundaries but the entire show prospered due to their reasonable nature. One could deduce that Altitude Dispensaries was indeed sponsoring the event but drama stayed low and everybody had a fun time. Sound was just right, drinks came quickly, and the size of the Ballroom kept the performers and audience engaged until 1:30 in the morning.

2 Chainz spoke openly about his love for performing in the Denver area throughout his set and the feeling is clearly mutual. Hopefully it won’t be long until the next ATL-DIA connection.

 

written by: Martin Osborn @o_z.z_y

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