Nipsey Hussle at Warehouse Live, 2/7/2014
The frigid outside temperatures Friday night made Warehouse Live's Ballroom feel like the coziest place in the city. But you could see the cold-induced stiffness instantly melt away as Nipsey Hussle ticketholders crossed through the venue's double doors for the last leg of his "Crenshaw U.S." tour.
Fans placed drink orders, took viewing positions and proudly hung their Hussle-patented "T.M.C." (the marathon continues) flags across the banisters. A host of Houston rap's most notable names -- Bun B, Boston George, Jas Prince, Le$, Kirko Bangz, Slim Thug, Propain, C-Stone, Doughbeezy, Killa Kyleon and Jack Freeman -- all hung around backstage to see the South Central L.A. rapper grace the stage.
Opener Doe Man
The uncharacteristic number of opening acts made the crowd anxious and irritable, causing them to send barrages of booing at several performers. However, local acts 2 Raw and Propain's protege Doe Man did draw positive responses with their punchline-drenched a cappella freestyles.
Rising Houston star Delorean added a live drummer to his short set, an unexpected yet pleasant surprise. Then, shortly after Erk The Jerk spit a few brief songs, Nipsey Hussle erupted onto the stage with maximum force for a set that was saturated with hits from a variety of his projects.
Fans were appreciative of the assortment of material from The Marathon, The Marathon Continues and, most recently, Crenshaw as Hussle wasted no time personally engaging the crowd. After performing "Checc Me Out," he drew near the edge of the stage to ask, "What y'all wanna hear?"
After a dynamic rendition of "Drop Coupes" that kept arms and their attached cell phones waving in the air, he brought out Houston homies Bun B and Kirko Bangz to perform while he took a quick breather.
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