Lil Dicky proves as hilarious off-screen as on

Miles Tepper, Contributing Reporter

Anyone familiar with rapper and comedian Lil Dicky knows that he isn’t quite like any other rapper out there. The performer made sure of this at his show on Thursday at the House of Blues on the Professional Rapper Tour with his openers, Billsberry Flowboy and DJ Omega.

Lil Dicky’s real name is David Burd, but he is also known as Yung Dick and Firm Handshake. He gained a cult following his April 2013 release, “Ex-Boyfriend,” on YouTube. The video is a PG-13 story about meeting a current girlfriend’s physically superior ex and amassed over one million views in a day. Dicky hasn’t looked back since, releasing a mixtape and several more videos since with the help of a Kickstarter campaign. His songs are difficult to forget simply because of their decidedly un-hip-hop subject matter – from being a privileged Jewish kid to staying in on a Friday night to “the Lion King for thugs,” and his blending of comical and relatable subjects with hip-hop beats equates to a decently sized college student following. His fans are even lovingly dubbed “Dickheads.”

Dicky’s openers were Louisiana-based rapper Billsberry Flowboy and fellow Philadelphia native DJ Omega, who also served as Dicky’s backup. Billsberry was surprisingly crisp during his fifteen minute set, acceptably preceding Dicky with some smart rhymes over lifted beats. DJ Omega did little more than hype for Dicky and play a few lackluster premade songs, the most forgettable bit of the evening.

As Dicky’s entrance came closer, it was clear the audience was curious if he could really be as entertaining without his visual aids. He proved up to the challenge, as his energy and fantastically clever-yet-stupid lyrics kept the crowd engaged the entire show. During the set, Dicky utilized his skills on screen, with a five-minute introduction video of himself playing basketball as well as multiple slideshow presentations. Opening with his swag-proclaiming anthem “Jewish Flow,” Dicky rapped for about 90 minutes and mainly stuck to songs from his mixtape “So Hard,” and brought the crowd to its feet with his performance of new hit “Lemme Freak.” He managed to make it feel like a normal rap show for the most part, from smoking during his performance of “Too High” to crowdsurfing multiple times, but kept the comedy coming the whole time. Overall, Dicky put on a captivating show, but one shouldn’t be swayed to see him until they know his stuff decently well. In other words, Dickheads will probably have more fun than anyone else.

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