Saturday’s concert at the London Music Hall marked Wale’s second concert in London, since he opened for Jay-Z during his Blueprint 3 album tour in 2009 at the John Labatt Centre. And the Wale fans were definitely out in full force on Saturday night at the London Music Hall, as the venue was practically full to capacity for the Wale and Richie Blackz concert.
The opening act on Saturday evening was a Southern styled Rap group, entitled, R.O.S., which definitely got the crowd hyped up with their high octane, swagged-out dance moves. Then after about half a dozen song performances from R.O.S., Toronto rapper Harvey Stripes hit the stage for a small set of solid performances. However, the Wale and Richie Blackz concert did not really get kicked into high gear until London bred emcee, Richie Blackz hit the stage with a short set of almost entirely London dedicated tracks, including “London Town”, “Blackz City” and “City On My Neck”, which got the crowd even more pumped up then they were before. In particular, the crowd went berserk for Richie Blackz remix of Tyga’s, “Rack City”, entitled “Blackz City”, which is a song dedicated to London and is featured on his latest album La Vie (this mixtape was recently released online for free at Richie Blackz official website at www.leftlaneliving.com).
By the time Wale hit the stage at the London Music Hall on Saturday evening at around midnight the crowd was going H.A.M. At one point, some of the Wale fans behind me started chanting Wale!, Wale!, Wale!, shortly before he arrived on stage. Wale performed a number of his old and new hit tracks for about an hour, including “Chillin”, featuring Lady Gaga, “Chain Music”, “Slight Work”, “Lotus Flower Bomb (which originally features Miguel), and “Legendary”. However, my favourite Wale performances from Saturday night at the London Music Hall were “Legendary”, “Lotus Flower Bomb” in which Wale had a great back-up RnB singer to perform the Miguel lines; and “Chain Music”, which was definitely one of the crowds favourite performances.
Although Wale did not speak much during Saturday night’s concert due to obvious time constraints, his high energy stage presence and slick witted rhymes more than made up for anything that he could have said outside of his song performances. For instance, some of my favourite lines from Saturday’s Wale concert performances were during Wale’s performance of “Legendary”, where he rhymes “f**k music, f**k fame, and f**k everything that anyone can take from me”. And then later on in “Legendary” he rhymes : “My only fear is mediocrity, so every time I got a beat, I feel like I don’t gotta sleep”, which is followed by the final hook, “We just tryin’ to stay legendary”.
Overall the Wale and Richie Blackz concert on Saturday evening at the London Music Hall was a very good Hip-Hop concert, filled with loads of entertaining and talented Hip-Hop acts. However, in terms of shear emceeing talent, Wale stands miles apart from the other opening acts at the London Music Hall on Saturday.