I'm sorry Seattle, but you fucked up last night. First, you boo Yelawolf--undeservedly. Then, you start a scrap with Wiz Khalifa's crew at the afterparty? Guys, I know he reps Pittsburgh, but Super Bowl XL was a long time ago. So despite some solid performances, the whole night seemed to be determined to leave a bad taste in my mouth. But hey, maybe that was just residual cottonmouth considering the venue was thoroughly hotboxed. Fortunately for Seattle, neither artist seemed fazed. Wiz even tweeted about it:
I still maintain that Yelawolf's appearance at the Nectar in July is on the short list of best hip-hop shows I've ever seen--and while he wasn't slacking by any means, the Taylor Gang crowd definitely wasn't feeling it. But among the chants of "We want Wiz" came the track "I Wish" and its chorus of "Tell me that I ain't hip-hop, bitch you ain't hip-hop!" which was some awesome timing that I hoped would shut them up. It didn't. Yela seemed to feed off it though, shouting things like "Boo louder, I need this," "I ain't going nowhere" and starting a "Fuck a fuckin' hater" chant. And talking with him backstage following the set, there was no ill will toward the crowd. You get my respect for that.
Wiz came out to "Super High"--the track he remixed with Curren$y and Rick Ross--and played plenty of tracks from his Kush & OJ mixtape, including "Still Blazin'" and "In The Cut," which probably stands as my favorite Wiz track of the moment. What did remain conspicuously absent were tracks from his sophomore record Deal or No Deal. And of course, he managed to squeeze in latest hit "Black and Yellow"--you know, the one that we Seattleites have (unsuccessfully) been trying to hate in retribution for the aforementioned Super Bowl. And as far as I could tell, no one had an issue with it during the performance.
So all in all, I enjoyed the show--but was I the only one?