Post Malone and The Hollywood Dreams crew came to town last night and brought out a mostly college crowd to the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. The Texas rapper famous for his single “White Iverson” was accompanied by Jazz Cartier and Larry June, two names that have recently been making some noise in the rap game.
Opening the show was Bay Area rapper, Larry June. June is a local so many congregated to warmly greet the tattooed singer. To show appreciation for his hometown, he took a little time before the show to hang out at Diamond Supply to host a pre-show party with Sol Republic. The party extended all the way to his performance, which was both moving and dynamic. It’s great to see this level of talent come out from city by the Bay.
Up next was Toronto native, Jazz Cartier. Best known for his mix tapes, “Losing Elisabeth”, “Marauding in Paradise” and “Hotel Paranoia,” he showcased some of his best material last night and surely won over some new fans. The highlight of his performance was the stage dive he performed towards the of the show. The crowd was more than welcoming, quick to hold him up like the rap royalty that he’s become.
Moments later, it was time for Post Malone to hit the San Francisco stage. It’s really not easy to be a white rapper in a predominantly segregated genre like rap is today. Malone has done it, and built a niche for himself by fusing together non-traditional rap beats with organic instruments and spacey lyricism. Not only are his songs original and addictive but overall he’s just a genuinely likable guy and that came across in spades last night.
He opened the set with his most famous track to date ‘White Iverson’, a song that’s made the corn-rowed MC a household name for many of the young-looking crowd last night. They instantly went wild, singing every word to the addictive track. Malone followed it up with another fan-favorite, ‘Too Young’, a track most-probably dedicated to his homies that have left the world far too soon.
The rapper’s performance in San Francisco was one for the ages. His swagger and hypnotic feel make him really stand out from other rappers in the industry. Being onstage tonight must have felt especially sweet since the pre-release of his first LP “Stoney,” has been made just available. I think it’s safe to assume that after this performance everyone in the audience rushed home to hit up their iTunes accounts.
Photos courtesy of Louis Raphael