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Leedz Edutainment has done it once again and brought another major hip hop act to Boston. The XXL Freshman Live 2013 Tour featuring Big K.R.I.T and Action Bronson came through the Bean. The talented Big K.R.I.T, who is known for receiving love from the Underground, got exactly that at The Middle East. The venue was packed from corner to corner with fans who wanted to see the triple threat (producer, Mc, Songwriter) who just recently released his mixtape King Remembered In Time.
Before he hit the stage, Boston’s own beloved hometown artists Natural and Dutch Rebelle welcomed the crowd as opening acts. They got the crowd energized and prepped to see Action Bronson and Big K.R.I.T murder the stage.
Just to draw attention to a few of the memorable moments of the show, let’s just say Action Bronson slammed an overzealous fan on stage and threw him back in the crowd and proceeded to say “nobody gets on my f**king stage.” From the minute Action Bronson stepped on the stage, the crowd went crazy and sang along as he performed his well known hits. As someone who is always looking for new hip hop artist to listen to, his performance earned him a new listener. Bronson’s performance got everyone pumped to see the headlining act Big K.R.I.T.
A few minutes went by before the crowd started chanting “Big K.R.I.T , Big K.R.I.T, Big K.R.I.T ” to quicken the Mississippi MC to the stage. And then out of nowhere, the King runs out on stage energized performing “King Without a Crown” and the crowd goes into a frenzy singing right along with him. Like a king he led the crowd with a strong stage presence without any assistance from a hype man.
It was remarkable to see the crowd interact with Big K.R.I.T and follow him each time he changed direction from where he moved on stage to the songs he chose to perform. One of the crowd’s favorites was the record “Rotation” off of his Return of 4Eva mixtape. It was amazing to see that the crowd was as passionate as he was about his music. Just like in his song R.E.M, he said “f**k a reality show, I’d rather do a tour. I’d rather crowd surf.” True to his words, he did exactly that. The crowd went mad as everyone attempted grab a piece of him. K.R.I.T basked in the glory of his loyal music followers and then jumped back onto the stage and murder the remainder of his shows.
If this show is just an idea of how the summer is going to be, then I welcome it with open arms. It was one of the greatest hip hop shows I have been to thus far.