On Thursday night, American Rapper Lil Yachty headlined The Fillmore to a sold-out crowd in Minneapolis. Before the doors opened, a long line of people was wrapped around the building, full of fans anticipating a fun night.
The night began with the rap crew Concrete Family, comprised of rappers Camo, Draft Day, Moe, and Karrahboo. The crew took turns performing parts of their songs together, while also performing some their solo work. The four performers had obvious chemistry as they finished each other’s rhymes, and were all in sync with each other. The crowd enjoyed their performance and even got to interact with the rappers when they came down to the front of the barrier to interact with their fans.
The second opener was Nick Hakim, and he performed a very soft and mellow brand of alt-pop and singer/songwriter music. Besides himself, he had two other musicians with him to help with production. He had a guitarist and a backup singer, and with the added production his songs were that much deeper and more beautiful.
Finally after much anticipation, Lil Yachty entered the stage for the final set of the night. The first 4 songs of his set were performed off of his newest album “Let’s Start Here.” with a full band: bassist Téja Veal, guitarist Quenequia Graves, keyboardist Kennedy Avery Smith, drummer Monica Carter, and two vocalists, Lea Grace Swinson and Romana R. Sainti. The band blended very well with Yachty’s autotuned vocals, and the crowd sang along to the soft melodies. After the first 4 songs, Lil Yachty’s band left the stage, and he began performing all of his biggest rap hits, including “Coffin”, “Minnesota” “Get Dripped” “NBAYOUNGBOAT” AND “iSpy”. The crowd jumped up and down to each song, screaming the lyrics to every track that was performed. Yachty didn’t interact with the crowd much, but towards the end of the set he addressed the crowd, saying that he was appreciative of their support throughout his 7-year rap career.