It was 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. After a long day of classes and rigorous studies, I scurried on home to resume my usual activity of watching “Shameless” in bed for hours. I knew that MadeinTYO was performing at Majestic Theater that night, but I was a bit run down. So, I made myself cozy in my plush white sheets and began to binge. Soon after, my phone rang. My friend was on the other line asking if I was still going to meet him at the concert that night. As comfy as I was, I knew that I shouldn’t pass up on the opportunity, so I took MadeinTYO’s advice literally, put myself together and took an Uber right to Majestic.
That’s one of the things I love the most about Madison: the convenience of the music scene. I was able to purchase my ticket at a reasonable price and still make it to the performance in time. As an avid hip-hop fan, I’ve had the opportunity to see artists like Future, Ty Dolla $ign, PartyNextDoor and Lil Wayne just steps away from my own home. Madison offers an extensive music scene of all genres, so it would almost be a sin if I didn’t attend considering how accessible it was.
Majestic Theater is one of my favorite music venues in the city. Details like the proscenium arch and the intimacy of the venue provide an enjoyable experience for any concertgoer who walks through the doors.
The opening performer for the concert was 24hrs, who some might refer to as a “Soundcloud rapper.” However, he is quickly moving past that reputation. OVO Sound Radio has helped boost his image and expose his craft among rap fans. Remember his name; his unique sound and charisma inevitably draw in new fans.
Truly connecting with his audience, he pulled up a teenage boy on stage, and told him to sing every word to his song “What You Like.” To my surprise, the kid didn’t miss a beat. He performed the song with ease as 24hrs bounced beside him and hyped up the crowd. That was one of my favorite parts of the concert that night. That teenage boy had a very special moment which I’m sure he’ll never forget. Overall, 24hrs did not disappoint. His music stands for itself when he performs and it radiated throughout the crowd.
Next, MadeinTYO was up. Although he got on stage a tad later than I would have liked (I had an 8:50 a.m. class the next morning) his performance was worth it. I’ve always supported MadeinTYO as an artist. He is able to keep up with other notable names like Future and Migos, yet his lyrics don’t always focus on the typical hype of drugs, and money. He’s a force to be reckoned with in the hip-hop scene.
The production on his songs is undeniably catchy. Additionally, his signature ad-lib “Skrrt-skrrt” is always a crowd pleaser. Of course, he played the fan-favorites “Skateboard P” and “Uber Everywhere.” The remix of “Uber Everywhere” helped his career take off, especially with a feature from the rap legend himself, Travis Scott. A personal favorite of mine was “I Want.” I loved the slow paced nature accompanied by the tuneful beat. It made for an instant banger. It’s safe to say that I was pleased with the way that my Wednesday night turned out, as I was close to staying under my covers to watch Netflix.