On Wednesday night, the Direct Flight: Jet Life Tour 2012 made its way to the city of Boston. Warner Brothers recording artist Curren$y who is set to release his first studio album in The Stoned Immaculate on June 5th, brought along a line up consisting up of the veteran Lox/D-Block member Styles P and a handful of hungry rappers out of New Orleans in Fiend, Trademark, Young Roddy and Cornerboy P. In front of a sold out crowd at Paradise Rock Club with marijuana clouds floating in the air, Cornerboy P started the show off. Fresh off the release of his latest mixtape Fendi P 2, the New Orleans native performed several of his mixtape hits including “I Owe It,” an ode to the classic automobiles he owes. Midway through his set, frequent collaborator Fiend joined him on the stage. The two displayed their deadly combination of aggressive rhymes and smooth singing respectively, as they performed their joint songs. P would soon leave the stage allowing Fiend to go through a host of solo tracks. In between tracks, he asked the crowd if they were enjoying themselves and each time, they responded with a loud and enthusiastic “F*ck yea!” while throwing up a pinky and thumb, a hand gesture representing the Jet Life movement.
In the ultimate fashion, Fiend closed out his set by jumping in the crowd. With a circle full of fans surrounding him, Fiend sang and danced, providing intimate interaction and preparing them for the crowd favorites in Trademark and Young Roddy, who eventually entered the stage to strong roars. They performed a handful of original songs and industry remixes. Cornerboy P would make his return to the stage assisting the pair, performing his verse to “Fade Away,” a remix of Future’s “Tony Montana.”
Following Trademark and Roddy was veteran Styles P. “Hard lyrics,” he shouted through the microphone as he walked to the center of the stage. With the crowd’s full attention, Styles displayed his lyrical ability, as he rhymed acapella. When the DJ finally cut a beat on, Styles went into one of his most known hits in the Akon assisted “Locked Up.” The crowd assisted him, singing the catchy hook. He would perform a few more songs, each time requesting the bartender to bring a shot of Courvoisier over to the stage.
With no luck, Styles took things into his hands, jumping off the stage and making his way to the bar with the crowd following in pursuit. He jumped on the bar, yelling through the microphone “We gonna rock wherever! I don’t care! Bartender, let me get those shots please!” Making the bar surface his new stage, he performed familiar tunes in “Kiss Your A** Goodbye” and “B.M.F.” Eventually, he returned to the stage and closed out his set with “Can You Believe It,” “We Gon Make It” and “Blow Ya Mind.”
With the supporting acts already putting on an unbelievable show, it was time for the man who everyone showed up. In similar fashion to the previous act, Curren$y begun his set with an acapella, spitting the lyrics to “Twistin Skank,” his version of Waka Flocka Flame’s “Hard In The Paint” hit. As he recited the lyrics, the crowd rapped among, yelling out every line. Curren$y would go on to perform several songs off the highly received Covert Coupe, a joint mixtape with super producer Alchemist. He also dropped verses from his most recent project Verde Terrace. Through out his set, he interacted with the crowd, who passed shared their “doobies” with the self-proclaimed “modern day hippie.” Although the night was focused on Curren$y, he would share the spotlight with his friends, bringing out Trademark and Roddy for a few cuts. He would also bring out Fiend, Styles P and Smoke DZA, who arrived late. As Curren$y closed out his set, Jet Life apparel, Raw Papers and other merchandise was thrown into the crowd. The lights finally came on and the show was over, but Curren$y and the whole Jet Life family stayed after, interacting with fans. They took pictures and signed autographs.
The Direct Flight: Jet Life 2012 will go down as one of the hottest concerts to hit Boston this summer. Every performer had great stage presence and kept the fans engaged through interaction, providing the ultimate live music experience. Although, the crowd enjoyed each set, it was clear that Curren$y the main attraction. Not only does he work hard in the studio, but also he works even harder on the stage. Next time Curren$y and the Jets are in your area, make sure you to buy a ticket and experience the concert of a lifetime.