Pusha T & Fabolous - B.B. King's - 4/29/13
Better Than: Past Fabolous performances.
"This life is so exciting!" chanted Pusha T and Fabolous in unison on B.B. King's stage while a crowd of ecstatically proud New Yorkers watched two of their native sons (yup Pusha was born in the Bronx). Last night the two only shared the stage for one song, but the two demonstrated a palpable ease with one another. The same couldn't be said of the crowd, who at times got into shoving matches jockeying for position around the stage. It was a quite a sight. In the eternal words of King Push, "My God..."
Even from outside the venue before either rapper breathed a word on the mic it was evident from the line stretching back to 7th Avenue that MTV Jams, the main sponsor of "The Life Is So Exciting Tour," had come up with a strong combination. The crowd was an eclectic bunch of D-boys and hipsters with a few models and rap nerds thrown in for good measure. New York, basically.
The show started a bit behind schedule. but before you could say "Late rappers... That's that shit I don't like," King Push was on stage in his trademark backwards cap and chains rapping his verse of Chief Keef's "I Don't Like" remix. "Grinding" served its purpose to rope in the handful of casual fans but those guys were few and far between. From "Back By Popular Demand" to "So Appalled," the crowd rapped every word. And when the deeper album cuts and mixtape anthems like "Cook It Down" and Exodus" came on they were still right there with Mr. Terrance Thornton, filling in what ever words he or his hype man skipped.
Pusha's set was strong overall and lengthier than you'd expect. He's got joints, no doubt about that. And speaking of, when he dropped arguably his biggest, "New God Flow," from the edge of the stage some dude in crowd kept grabbing his knee. Pusha waited for the song to end before quipping, "You're a man. You are a man. I appreciate the love but..." As the crowd laughed he turned to a particularly eager female fan and exclaimed, "Woman you can grip my knee though."
After the laughter died down, Troy Ave popped up to perform dark yet sing songy "Road
Runner." Troy murdered the hook in the ill New York Islanders jersey. The crowd was so charged a fight almost broke out during "Mercy" so Pusha switched it up to the um, love song (?) "Trust You With My Drugs." "Millions in the Ceilings" should have wrapped the show because the crowd's high energy waned slightly for the set-ending "Blocka." Just when you thought it was over, though, he pulled out his latest showstopper, "Numbers On The Board."