Chief Keef Warehouse Live July 14, 2013
Controversial rapper and Chiraq (aka Chicago) native, Chief Keef performed a nearly sold-out concert in Warehouse Live's Ballroom of alongside a few of his fellow GBE labelmates. Fans screamed and chanted in their shoulder-to-shoulder standing space, until a violent eruption changed the tempo of the evening.
Early on, the sparsely filled room of early arrivers kept eager and entertained by rotating between the concert floor, merchandise table and bars. Several cells of female teenage twerkers were spread about the room as the DJ dropped club banger after club banger; even some of the guys got in on the dance action. But as attendance increased, the density no longer allowed for individual groups to be scattered.
With the stage finally set, concert host and 97.9 The Box radio personality Kiotti began bringing out opening acts. Between the sets of local Houston musicmakers Double H-Town and Young Sosa, the DJ kept the crowd's intensity high, playing tracks like Crime Mob's "Knuck if you Buck."
Then what seem to be a unwarranted and extended intermission led to a very interesting impromptu freestyle session that was initiated by Kiotti's direct inquiry to the crowd, "Who out there can rap? Who wanna come up here and freestyle?"
After approximately four concertgoers had their chance to "wreck the mike," Kiotti expressed his disappointment by stating, "I was looking for somebody wack! All yall can actually rap."
Follow the rap session, Kiotti belted out, "Yall ready to see Chief Keef? Sosa is in the building! Play one more song DJ, then we gon' bring him out."
No doubt, everyone was ready to see Chief Keef and the rest of GBE take the stage, but you could see the confused gazes and whispers to friends of attendees who wanted to know what had happened to Maxo Kream.
Maxo had been opening up for Keef on a few of the last tour stops, such as Dallas and Austin, and was supposed to be opening up again here in his native city. No explanation was provided and no general announcement was made, so we still don't know, though it may have just been time constraints.
Another long and dramatic intermission occurred as concert security cleared the stage to make way for Chief Keef and his posse. The crowd began to adopt the melody of the sports cheer chant "lets go defense" and changed the lyrics to "we want Sosa!" Finally, at the beginning sounds of Keef's "Love Sosa" track, simultaneous flares of smoke trailed upwards from the hands and lips of his enthusiastic fans.
Keef's high-octane antics, such as performing atop a speaker and against the barrier separating the media pit from the general standing room, sent his young, testosterone-filled fans into a violent frenzy. Within seconds, a mosh pit erupted, causing the crowd to scatter dramatically.
Once order resumed, Keef preformed other hits from his Finally Rich album such as "Kobe," "Ballin" and his most famous hit, "Don't Like." After about an hour, suddenly the house lights came on to signal the end of the show. As the room was cleared, Keef stuck around to pose for instagram flicks with adoring fans.
Still, it was a decent show overall. 365 Live Entertainment's effectiveness and professionalism was truly a relief.
The Crowd: Amped-up teens with gasoline in their veins.
Overheard In the Crowd: "He has many bands [a money reference] in his pocket right now!"
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Random Notebook Dump: Rarely, if ever, have I seen the house lights go on and the room empty before the headliner leaves the stage.