Kauf, Lizzo, Stormzy (Red Bull Sound Select Showcase Curated by Spaceland Presents)
The Echo – Los Angeles, CA – 3.23.2016
Photos & Review by: Vincent Nguyen
That’s all Stormzy requested from his crowd before he performed at The Echo on March 23.
He probably got too much of it, but in all honesty, he asked for it, since this was Stormzy’s debut performance in Los Angeles.
Openers Kauf and Lizzo set the tone straight from the get-go.
L.A. natives Kauf went atmospheric to start things off before Lizzo, accompanied by Sophia Erias and two dancers, stormed the stage with her blistering flows and soulful, angelic singing. Lizzo performed “Good As Hell,” her song featured in “Barbershop: The Next Cut.” It was her first time performing the hit.
Then, it was Stormzy’s time to shine. It was all a test at first. The British grime battle rapper set his DJ to do the dirty work before he even got on stage. Once DJ Tiny was done, Stormzy had to test the waters.
In his slurry accent, Stormzy mouthed only a 10-word sentence that caused the crowd to go berserk.
He then showed why he had been trending for the last few months, and even fresh off his performance at SXSW last week, the artist did not show an ounce of fatigue.
He cooled it down midway into the set but it was back to business once the Brit wiped off the sweat and got back to turning up.
There probably was a good reason for the consistency; someone by the name of NaS apparently showed up backstage to hear him spit on the front lines.
Performances of “Gold Thoughts” (a track with a sample of Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe”), “Dude,” and hit “Shut Up” rocked the crowd – and hopefully also rocked the legend who secretly graced the small, Los Angeles venue.
All that energy was bound to happen.
***Disclaimer: No, I did NOT see NaS anywhere.***
For more Stormzy, tune into his #MERKY radio on Apple Music’s Beats1 Fridays at 12:00pm PT.