Mac Miller shows new style in hyped performance

Michael Ossorguine, Staff Reporter

The old-fashioned Joy Theater was infused with the new on Saturday Nov. 28 when Mac Miller stopped by New Orleans on his GO:OD AM Tour, backed by three stellar opening acts: Njomza, Michael Christmas and Tory Lanez. With the purchase of a ticket, fans were given a free online copy of “GO:OD AM,” Mac Miller’s surprising shift into more sober and poignant rap. His fans, however, came out to party, and even after four hours of non-stop fun, left the concert wanting more.

The strobe lights were dazzling in the indoor atmosphere. Amid the smoke, the concert looked like an electronic dance music rave, and the balcony overlooking the general admission moshpit and bar made for a relaxed atmosphere if one was to ever get tired being in the crowd in front of the stage, which knew the lyrics to every song Miller performed.

“It was dope,” Tulane student Sergio Jean said. “The strobe and the vibes I got were unforgettable.”

Njomza, a talented female singer took the stage promptly at 8 p.m., and her atmospheric rhythm and blues jams made for a laid-back introduction to the night. She got the crowd involved in various chants, despite her relative obscurity compared to the other acts, and made sure everyone knew that the “j” in her name is pronounced as a “y.”

By the time underground Boston rapper Michael Christmas finished, he definitely gained new listeners, as his songs were perfect for the audience: synth-heavy, trap-influenced by Mac Miller and Earl Sweatshirt’s more down-tempo songs. When the bass dropped on “Hate,” from his new EP “What a Weird Day,” everyone knew things were just starting to rev up.

Michael Christmas at Mac Miller Concert

As soon as Christmas’s set ended, rapper Tory Lanez jumped on stage and began performing with vigor. He read the crowd well, noticing the time was ripe for a crowd surf. It’s not often that you see an artist with the nerve to jump into a crowd, walk through the forest of hands lifting him/her up, and then climb on a balcony overlooking the stage, singing the entire time, but Tory Lanez did.

Before Mac Miller came on, the crowd was abuzz with anticipation, after two hours of opening acts, they were ready to see who they came for. Mac Miller burst on stage full of energy playing his single “Loud,” which got everyone dancing. The white rapper hailing from Pittsburgh wasted no time hyping the crowd up “GO:OD AM” material, but he ended the concert with some of his older hits such as the feel-good “Best Day Ever” and the goofy track “Frick Park Market.”

This concert was live hip-hop done right and Mac Miller stole the show by giving the audience one of the most fun experiences of live rap seen in a while.

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