On Tuesday, Brockhampton brought their high-energy multi-dimensional hip-hop to 7th Street Entry for a sold-out night on their first national tour. The young Los Angeles collective’s escalation over the summer has hit supernova levels, and the passionate crowd at 7th Street shouted just about every lyric right back at the boys.
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As someone who was at the first Odd Future show outside of Los Angeles in 2010, I noticed a lot of similarities and contrasts. Both were amazing shows and felt like the event horizon of what’s about to become a massive movement. Here are my five takeaways.
Smells Like Teen Spirit
The crowd was very, very young. This makes it all the more impressive that Brockhampton drew in over 200 teenagers on, not just a Tuesday, but the night of the first day of school. While the pubescent perspiration in the air gave off a high school locker room vibe, emerging from that cloud was a party of pure passion.
Make room for Yeezus
Opening the show was a DJ set from Romil, which was noticeably Kanye-heavy. It makes sense as Brockhampton famously met on a Kanye West fan message board and it set the evening’s tone well. As fans poured in, the bulldozer of sound from their screaming lyrics from “Famous” and “Father Stretch My Hands,” showed the group were among friends.
From the evening’s main event introduction from “Roberto,” the concert was the best elements of the group’s videos come to life. Mastermind Kevin Abstract’s vision managed to come off well-rehearsed without being over-produced. The structured set list and on-stage interactions matched a well-polished punk aesthetic. From the revolving ricochet of “Gummi” to the smooth transitions of “Gold,” it felt like the most intimate stadium show to ever hit 7th Street.
“Everybody in this b*tch must be gay!”
The group’s diverse style is also reflected in their fanbase’s inclusiveness. Openly gay Abstract being cheered for nods to his and the crowd’s homosexuality was unlike anything I’d ever heard at a hip-hop show. To see the crowd intensely rap along with lines both casually and graphically depicting a same-sex relationship was a glimpse of progress that would be unimaginably at a rap show even five years ago. Rowdy as it was, throughout the night the group kept the inclusive show as a safe space, checking in with the crowd to make sure they kept in mind the safety of those in the very front, and passing out water bottles throughout the audience.
Three shining “Stars”
The boys left the stage for a brief two-song guitar set from producer Bearface before returning for an encore of their signature song “Star,” performed three separate times. At first the group rocked it, then gestured the mics to the crowd for the audience to do every word. At the announcement the final “Star” would close the night, the already drenched with sweat crowd turnt up to a ridiculous amount to the point where those in attendance were hanging by their legs from the Entry’s ceiling. With chants of “one more song” even after they left the stage and the house lights went on, Brockhampton laid a strong foundation for what could be a legendary run within hip-hop.