During a summer night in Chicago it was hotter inside of a venue than in the street as Bas brought his Too High To Riot tour to Reggie’s Rock Club in the South Loop. Flanked by Cozz, Earthgang, Ron Gilmore and The Hics a solid crowd packed the intimate setting for a night of dope vibes and fanfare.
The noticeably hot temperate inside didn’t distract the fans in attendance who huddle as close as they could to the stage while The Hics continued their American introduction, followed by essential Dreamville piece Ron Gilmore. Equipped with a keyboard and his Macbook, Gilmore took fans through an impressive display of his most recent offerings – not letting the early sound issues distract him from pleasing the fans. The Nashville product felt right at home in Chicago as he proclaimed to the Windy City Dreamville fans and ended his contribution to the night speaking a positive message: “It’s all about love. That’s what my whole message is about – love. Let’s spread love.” A sentiment that needs to be echoed by everyone throughout the crowd and the host city.
The keyboard moves in time for the set of Earthgang, the Atlanta tag team duo of Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot. Kicking off with a smooth sound before exploding the crowd into a jumping frenzy driven from crowd interaction. Favorites from their latest effort, Strays with Rabies, were met with group led chants of “Fuck Donald Trump” and “Earthgang” in alternating sides of the audience.
With a hype crowd waiting, Cozz hit the stage with “Dreams” the highly coveted single that kicked started his wave, followed by a check of fan loyalty to see who has been rocking with him since his 2014 release, Cozz & Effect. Following the opener Cozz dived into “Knock Tha Hustle” and respectfully let his Chi-Town fans know that they may be blowing good but it’s not Cali weed before rapping his necessities of weed and pussy on “I Need That.” Bringing it to his most recent offering Cody Macc made a stop through Revenge of the Dreamers II for “Grow” for what would appear to be his last visit of the night.
As the headlining Bas took the stage to the soothing speaker vibrations of the Gilmore produced “Miles and Miles,” he connected with the crowd before engaging them in a sing along to “Penthouse.” Throughout the early part of his set Bas ran through a mixture of cuts from the tour’s namesake and dived into Last Winter favorites like “My Nigga Just Made Bail.”
As a surprise to those who haven’t been to a Dreamville Chicago show – and a welcome sight to those who were expecting it – the city’s representative on the roster, Omen, hit the stage. The TDK tag teamed with bas for “Bitchez” prior to taken another stroll down memory lane from “Friday Night Lights” unleashing his verse from “Enchanted.”
Returning from a break, Bas, in his sweat-drenched t-shirt, gets back to rolling out hits from THTR such as “Richochet,” in which he brings back The Hics and breaks down their relationship. Bas details he found out about the London duo by playing Grand Theft Auto and hearing their music play on one of the game’s radio stations allowing for him to take a relaxing video game cruise opposed to unleashing mayhem on the unsuspecting residents of the West coast setting.
Near the close of his Bas’s set, Cozz returned for the duo to share the venue’s energy and perform collaborative efforts “Dopamine” and “Tabs.” Cozz departed officially leaving the stage to Bas to roll through “Night Job” – much to the delight of a fan hoisting a double-sided sign, one side endorsing bas over Donald Trump and Hilary for President, the other asking to perform J.Cole’s verse on the song – and “Housewives” before closing on a song that appropriately described the entire night, “Lit.”
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