Review: Curren$y Live at The Shrine
Last Thursday The Shrine hosted another great edition of Heineken's Red Star Access series with Curren$y serving as the headliner. With sets from Caleb James, Lucci Vee and Thelonious Martin & co., the bill was enough for anyone to get excited about and thankfully the show lived up to expectations.
The first performer of the night was Angel Davenport, fresh off of working with storied Hip Hop artist Tech N9ne. Angel was dynamic on the stage, delivering strong vocals and her rapping skills were equally as impressive. The next performer up was Lucci Vee, who had undeniable stage presence and gave a good performance. Vee even brought out fellow Chicago scene lady of Hip Hop Chella H, who lit up the stage to perform a track. She finished her set with her latest track "Pass Out," bringing an end to her entertaining set.
Breaking the streak of female performers was Giftz, who came to the stage with a heavier tone than what we heard with the previous acts. Boasting songs off his latest mixtape, Position Of Power, Giftz brought the raw energy of the booming local scene and got the crowd jamming, to say the least. Following him was another local artist that's generating a lot of buzz, that being Save Money's Caleb James. James' set heavily relied on songs from his latest release, The Jones, like "Flexin" and "6am" during which he even took the time to pass out drinks. His strong set was evidence enough that he's someone to continue following.
The sub-headliners included some of the brightest young artists of the vibrant local scene with Thelonious Martin (who was also celebrating his 21st birthday with us that night), Peter Cottontale and Stix coming together to put on a great display of their talent. King Thelonious' beats were soaked in cool, Stix absolutely rocked on drums and Peter Cottontale's sweet keyboard work all came together well and it was a real sight to see.
Finally it was time for the night's headliner, Curren$y. The New Orleans native got the crowd riled up by playing his fan-favorite tracks like "#JetsGo," "Sixty-Seven Turbo Jet," "Mary" and "Elevator Musik." Jet Lifers were treated to a good, chill show that only Curren$y can deliver. The fans were feeling it in both rooms of The Shrine and Curren$y's performance demonstrated just why his music is so beloved among this crowd.
A special shout-out goes to Heineken for assembling yet another good showcase in the latest edition of their Red Star Access series.
Review by Oscar O
Photos by Tito Garcia.