The atmosphere inside the O2 Academy Brixton was amazing; the art deco style of the old cinema, lighting and insane sound system, blending well to create a buzz that was present throughout the entire show.
DJ Semtex made sure the crowd was kept entertained whilst they waited for the stars of the show, playing old school Kanye and Jay Z, and then moving onto new club bangers like Future’s ‘Mask Off’. When he dropped ‘Lovin’ the Crew’ by Canadian rapper Drake, the crowd erupted into a melodic chorus, serving as a reminder as to how much the hip-hop scene has changed in recent years.
SteffLonDon lacked the energy and feisty attitude that she usually performs with, opting for a more laid back set, in a red tracksuit and cap. She danced to a few songs, and the crowd sang along to her hit with Jeremih, ‘Banana’, making for a reasonably decent performance.
Lil Yachty brought his cheeky, teenage charm and fun vibe to the stage, performing a range of songs, including ‘Minnesota’ and his hit with Big Baby D.R.A.M, ‘Broccoli’. The coloured lights on the stage were switched off, as Lil Yachty opted for a simple stage set up for his well known tune ‘1 Night’, relying on his charm and the crowds participation to create an atmosphere that was truly incredible.
When Migos finally took to the stage, their strong stage presence and effortless swag had their fans hooked from the start. Performing a range of hits from ‘Kelly Price’ to their song with Gucci Mane, ‘Slippery’, the trio kept their fans captivated, showcasing their ability to put on a show without the need for dancers and props.
When Dj Durel dropped ‘T-shirt’, confetti cannons fired over the crowd, whilst Quavo, Takeoff and Offset provided a cool energy that made the audience feel like they were in the video. The a cappella at the end of ‘Cocoon’ was a nice surprise, giving a more simple and intimate feel to the show; a sharp contrast to mosh pits that took place, as a result of some of the other songs that the group performed. But it was the “Raindrop, drop top…” that everybody was really listening out for. The crowd went mad as soon as ‘Bad and Boujee’ started playing; with Quavo standing up on a small speaker and Lil Yachty throwing water, it was definitely an experience that wasn’t to be missed.
The only let down was SteffLonDon’s slightly lazy performance, and a different London artist could have been a much better opening act. But with Lil Yachty’s “bubblegum trap” style and Migos’ cool demeanour and endless sauce, fans were entertained throughout the show, and left with a true sense of what “We Are The Culture” really means.