Lil Tjay energizes Westcott Theater with hit songs
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String lights from the ceiling of the Westcott Theater led to the hall’s stage, which featured a DJ table, steel doors, and signs for “Bronx” and “New York.” When the clock struck 8:15 p.m., people flocked inside the venue, with impatient fans running, hoping to get as close to the stage as possible.
Lil Tjay took to the stage at the Westcott Theater on Saturday night as part of his “Destined 2 Win” tour. Before that late-night show started, the Bronx rapper had a 2 p.m. show with special guest Kaash Paige.
University of Buffalo student Sham Isshamil made the two-hour drive to Syracuse to see the show with her friends because she missed Lil Tjay’s concert in Buffalo on Friday.
âIt was worth it,â she said. âWe are just delighted to see him. “
Before Lil Tjay took the stage, more than 10 emerging artists, including JACOSSE and Rasandra, gave their own short sets.
In a pre-show interview with The Daily Orange, JACOSSE said he has been rapping for four and a half years and that one of his greatest songs, “BROADCAST”, has over 18,000 streams. He said he was honored to be one of the artists to open for Lil Tjay.
âHonestly, it doesn’t even feel real,â JACOSSE said. “I got the call about three weeks ago, and now we’re here.”
In between performances and before anyone starts playing, the evening’s hosts, Concert Crave, performed a variety of songs throughout the evening, including “Look At Me!” “By XXXTENTACION and” Back in Blood “by Pooh Shiesty. The songs energized the crowd and led to mosh pits filled with back flips and shoves.
After Rasandra left the stage, Concert Crave asked the crowd if they were ready for Lil Tjay. The DJs started playing “Headshot”, a certified platinum song by Lil Tjay with rappers Polo G and Fivio Foreign. After Fivio Foreign’s verse, Lil Tjay jumped on stage and rapped the song’s chorus, which immediately led to a roar of cheers and people frantically throwing their phones up in the air.
When he was done performing the song, Lil Tjay asked where the ladies were in the crowd and received a shrill cry in response. After hearing the screams, he started playing “None of Your Love”. The song was far from the only one Lil Tjay used to appeal to female audiences.
“We’re not done yet, ladies,” the rapper said before removing his shirt and performing “Sex Sounds” followed by “What You Wanna Do”.
Lil Tjay also performed his hit songs “Calling My Phone” with 6LACK and “Zoo York,” which stars fellow New York rappers Fivio Foreign and Pop Smoke. Before continuing his set, he took the time to greet the death of Pop Smoke, who died in February 2020.
âRIP Pop Smoke, did you hear? He said before performing the Brooklyn rapper’s hit song “Dior”. He also performed âMood Swings,â a song he featured on Pop Smoke’s posthumous debut album, âShoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon,â which audiences sang aloud.
In the middle of his set, Lil Tjay brought Rasandra back on stage once again. The two sang their new song “In Too Deep”. During the performance, the duo took multiple phones from people in the front row and took selfies with the crowd of over 200.
After the song, Lil Tjay, his team and Rasandra started throwing water bottles at the crowd. After they handed out all of the water bottles, Lil Tjay told members of the audience not to drink all of the water and put the bottles in the air.
âWhen the pace drops I need you to let this shit fly,â he said.
Lil Tjay then started rapping his song âFNâ, and once the beat dropped, the crowd got wet.
To close the show, Lil Tjay teased his currently unreleased song “Not in the Mood”. During the song, Lil Tjay hadn’t finished letting it rain, pouring a gallon of water over the audience.
âThank you to everyone who came. I had fun with all of you, âhe said. âI hope I can see you again. “
Posted on October 11, 2021 at 12:01 am
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