G-Eazy @ Fivepoint Amphitheater – 07/31/2018
Only 4 short years after the release of his 2014 debut album These Things Happen, G-EAZY, the Oakland-born rapper, has catapulted himself to full headliner status. His collaborations with today’s biggest musical artists have kept his stock rising, allowing him to bring his ‘Endless Summer Tour’ to FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA on Tuesday July 31st.
A near capacity crowd welcomed the Bay Area native (born Gerald Earl Gillum) along with a lengthy list of qualified openers including Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, P-Lo and Murda Beatz. The 33 show run through North America may have only started last week but is already in full swing with over 5 hours of entertainment packed into each night.
The first few opening acts entertained the crowd but the blaring sun didn’t necessarily set the perfect mood. Ty Dolla $ign took advantage of the sun setting to hit the stage with a giant joint in hand and threw together a solid set that got fans hyped for Lil Uzi Vert who is a Best New Artist Nominee at this month’s MTV VMAs. The Philadelphia-based rapper, best known for his hits “The Way Life Goes” and “Bad and Boujee” spent his opening song on stage but then jumped barricades to spend the next 3 songs in the crowd posting up with fans above the soundboard.
With religious images flashing on elaborate, movable LED screens G-Eazy hit the stage after 9:30 and immediately launched into “Pray For Me”. Confident and in total command of the stage, G-Eazy presented a 27 song set that timed in at roughly 90 minutes. From front to back, the crowd was 100% involved from the very beginning and was informed by G-Eazy that he was “trying to make it special for Orange County”.
With fire and CO2 cannons, the recently turned blonde rapper is the ultimate showman, surprising the crowd with Warren G and Tyga at various points during the show. Prior to “The Beaufiful & Damned” a Ford Mustang with headlights blaring was loaded onto the stage. G-Eazy returned to the stage after a quick costume change (white shirt and black overalls) and used the sports car as a throne during the next few songs.
Opener (and fellow Bay Area rapper) P-Lo joined Eazy on stage for his tune “Put Me On Something” before the show turned the page and went into full strip club mode on “Drop”. A half dozen scantily clad female dancers spent the next few songs working the stage hard. Oakland A’s jerseys were noticeably present in crowd, but this evening G-Eazy made countless references and shout outs to Orange County.
A three-song encore showcased not only G-Eazy’s biggest radio hits but also provided a giant sing-a-long moment for the crowd. “Him & I” (the duet with now ex-girlfriend Halsey) was followed by “Me, Myself & I” and show closer “No Limit”, just prior to the 11pm curfew.
With it’s numerous opening acts, the show seemed to have something for everyone in attendance. G-Eazy appears eager and willing to alter the face of the rap game, his Endless Summer Tour continues across the US for the next month completing its run in Florida in early September.
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