Murs, The Insects, Fashawn, and Prof, Club Red, 2/5/13
The pleasant surprise of the night came from the Minnesota-based artist, Prof. Opening the set with his song, "Wasting Time," which flips Childish Gambino's "Heartbeat", Prof hit the ground running with sing-song hooks, call-and-response participation, and at least five or six water bottles thrown in the faces of crowd members. They didn't seem to mind too much as his down-to-earth demeanor kept the crowd lively. His high-energy set consisted of hard 808 beats and strange choruses that the crowd seemed to eat up.
While Murs' set was strong, there were a couple of moments during the set that made for some awkwardness including a scuffle breaking out during set, causing Murs to forego a song. A pivotal timing point during Murs' set was miffed by DJ Foundation, which led Murs to mention how he was, "fucking up." Even though he may have been joking (it didn't seem like it) it definitely gave the crowd the air of tension for a brief moment. This didn't stop the show by any means, as Murs gave the crowd what they had been waiting for: hit after hit. He took the audience through most of the more popular songs from his series of releases with 9th Wonder, including "Whatuptho" and "Bad Man". Murs also dropped cuts from his recent releases, Love and Rockets and Curse of the Merch Girl, including a personal favorite "Remember 2 Forget". Murs' trademark smile was wide as he bounced across the stage for songs like "L dot A Dot" and "H-U-S-T-L-E-R". Murs navigated through the set with ease, and kept the energy high for the crowd, which was reciting every word alongside the emcee.
All in all, the third stop on the "Road to Paid Dues" tour was a fantastic one. Murs has always had an ear for finding new talent and showcasing them on the road. Clearly, he's found a good cast of newcomers with this pair: Prof stole the show, and Fashawn's set was highly entertaining. If you are a fan of good boom bap hip-hop, as well a few surprises, it's essential to catch this show when it rolls through your city.
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