Le1f (left) and DonChristian
Philadelphia native DonChristian opened the night up to a modest crowd and ignited curiosity with music that coursed with seductive soul. His playful ease between rapping and crooning R&B remained unhampered by an audience that grew in sized and grooved along.
Next up was Lakutis, who moved across the stage spitting, shaking and smiling to guitar-laden hooks with a frantic energy that dared the audience to match.
Antwon followed up this head-banging bravado with a performance fueled by his Bay Area flare. He paced around the stage, rapping to ’90s-inspired melodies, and stopping only to towel the sweat off his head and share drinks with the audience, all the while managing to stay on top of his flow. Fans took to the front lines to rap along and prove themselves worthy while others rode the heavy wave of bass and bombast from a safe yet respectable distance, as they prepared for the evening’s main act.
Le1f jumped right into his first track, gauging the crowd’s energy, and like his fellow performers, daring them to do better. Luckily, for him, the audience needed little encouragement, and things were quickly underway. Le1f’s lyrical confidence — and astounding ability to incorporate Dragon Ball Z poses seamlessly into ballroom voguing — entranced the increasingly sweaty room of listeners and participants. Those less familiar with his lyrics eagerly mimicked (or, as best as they could mange) his serpentine movements to the tricky trap/R&B/cyberpunk inspired beats. When the show commenced and the lights came up people began to awake from the spell that these artists had cast. The four had successfully proven themselves worthy of the attention they’ve garnered online. Proving that the Internet isn’t always wrong.
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