San Francisco’s Social Hall, which shares a building with the stalwart Regency Ballroom, is a relatively young venue that has quickly become incredibly popular as a live-music setting. As another endeavor by Goldenvoice, the Social Hall opened its doors to the public in the fall of 2015. Since then, the venue has witnessed some memorable performances by Combichrist, Khalid, and Mayhem, among other artists. The Social Hall has a cozy and intimate seating arrangement that extends up to include 450 guests seated or 600 guests standing. Aside from live musical performances, the venue also hosts EDM club nights, seated comedy events, and more.
On December 14th, the Social Hall welcomes Atlanta’s mixtape sensation Sahbabii as part of his 4-date tour of California. Born in Chicago as Saaheem Valdery, Sahbabii was given his stage name by his aunt TeeBaby, and moved to Atlanta at thirteen, where he grew closer to his father and older brother T3, who became one of SahBabii’s earliest musical inspirations. Mentored by his brother, SahBabii began releasing mixtapes – Pimpin Ain’t Eazy in 2012 and Glocks & Thots in 2013, becoming established on the thriving Atlanta hip-hop scene. After a break of three years, he followed up with another mixtape, S.A.N.D.A.S. True to the quick, dirty, get-it-done ethos of the mixtape era, S.A.N.D.A.S. was recorded on the music software program Cubase, using a broken microphone. The mixtape has an extraordinary sound; lyrics powerful enough to get past any broken circuitry in the world, warped and sweet and surely of its moment. The mixtape included the single “Pull Up Wit Ah Stick” featuring Loso Loaded, and it went viral on Instagram even before its official release, right after SahBabii posted a 15-second clip of the song before its release.
On its official release, “Pull Up Wit Ah Stick” topped the charts on SoundCloud and earned around 12 million views within four months of its release. The surest sign of a new classic song is that it can inspire established artists to create new art on the strong foundation of something new, and “Pull Up Wit Ah Stick” saw big-name remixes from artists including T-Pain, Fetty Wap, and Wiz Kahlifa, before Sahbabii signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records. In May this year, he announced that he would be remastering and re-releasing S.A.N.D.A.S. with new tracks on Warner Bros. Shortly after this, it was announced that a reality TV show featuring Sahbabii and his friends and family was in the works.
It’s a path to fame that’s skipped traditional steps, lit a fire under style and form and gone for something new, both accessible and uncompromising, a true creative vision. Above all, it’s bee been built on a solid foundation of simply great songwriting, and with three mixtapes to his name, SahBabii is already a star. This December, he’s ready to show California what the best of Atlanta hip-hop is about. Having been booked to play on Sept. 8 this year and then postponed, the show is ready for all ticket-holders for the November show and everyone else who wants to ride along.
SahBabii performs with Lil Tracy at the Social Hall SF in San Francisco, CA – 9:00 PM // Ages: All Ages