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Concert Review: YG live at Harbour Event Center

Friday 18th, January 2019 / 12:38
By Chris Dzaka
Photos by Zee Khan

Harbour Event Centre
January 17, 2019

Coming up on the YG show at the Harbour Event Centre was an eye opener. Judging by the pre-drink liquor bottles around the way and the drunk girls passed out on benches before the show even started, reckless abandon was the theme. Whether bulldozing through the crowd once YG hit the stage with ‘Plug Walk’ or shaking ass to each and every beat, the girls and the boys were equally staying dangerous on this particular evening.

Enter the first opener, Eearz, who announced the arrival of the Stay Dangerous tour and blessed the crowd, wishing everyone a successful 2019. The crowd came prepared, bouncing in head to toe red gear, by YG’s request. The place is half full and a bunch of drowning rats from the wet que are about to turn the temp up.

The mood is lovely. Near the back of the crowd by the bar a young brother with dreads is selecting pretty girls to dance with. He smiles then takes one girl’s hand. Before she know what’s up she is mid spin with her hand in the air. This sparks a full blown dance party in the back.

Kamayah strolled out reppin’ the west coast, draped in a purple jumper. The crowd slept on her for a minute. A few fly girls in hoops know every word. By the third song, ‘How Does It Feel,’ she won the people over. Next track, ‘Freaky Freaks,’ sampled Snoop’s ‘Doggy Dogg World’ and the game belonged to her. That’s when three hype girls came out, like classic era hip-hop shit, and showed the youngins how it’s done.

DJ Vision hit the decks between sets. That’s about when a fight broke out. The DJ squashed the music and deaded the brawls. “There are too many motherfucking females in here to be fighting.” The audience agreed with a cheer.

Fast forward to the man of the hour. Red and white lights flair up and YG comes out hard with ‘Suu Whoop.’ The screen is draped in red graphics like a bandanna with white dragons. Almost immediately 10 girls in tight white tanks are up on shoulders bouncing to the beat of ‘Handgun.’

YG steps aside a few songs in and the DJ hypes the crowd with a few club bangers. He came right back with ‘Bpt.’ Nice ebb and flow action brings in “I just want to party.” But then someone starts fighting and YG hauls the music.

YG then passes the mic to front stage fans screaming “YG 400!” The man takes his mic back and gave his best Soulja Boy. From the recent breakfast club interview. His savvy fans gas em up full of laughs.

“Everything new in 2019. Fucking new bitches, smoking new weed, eating new pussy. We ain’t fucking with R Kelly at all,” YG says followed by a roar from the crowd. “Hey y’all, fuck Donald Trump,” he continues. “Turkey neck ass motherfucker.”

From ‘That’s my N****’ ,‘ ‘Plug walk,’ and ‘Bitches,’ YG was in sync with the HEC.

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