Concert Review: Isaiah Rashad at the Waiting Room 1/24/17
Review By: Sean Lynch
Isaiah Rashad preformed the fifth stop of his tour at the Waiting Room in Buffalo, NY on January 24. The 22-city trip, named the “Lil Sunny Tour,” marked the first time Rashad has come to Buffalo to perform. Rashad is joined by Jay IDK and Lance Skiiiwalker on select dates.
To open up the show, Jay IDK came out on stage in a peculiar manner. With a Ronald Regan mask on, IDK began to rap Acapella to the enjoyment of the crowd. IDK built up the energy in the crowd with “God Said Trap(King Trappy III),” but also got introspective and deep through the somber song “She Blocked Me.” The crowd fed off the energy of IDK which led to the formation of a circle and mosh pit towards the end of the set.
After a break in between sets, Rashad came to the stage and preformed a nice balance of material from Cilvia Demo and The Sun’s Tirade. Hits from Rashad’s album and mixtape including “4r Da Squaw” and “Heavenly Father” were mixed in with B-sides like “Banana” and “A lot.” The crowd rapped along with to all of the songs without missing a bar, no matter what was being rapped.
There was a constant flow of energy as the sold-out crowd bounced around and rapped along with Rashad. In some parts of the show, Rashad had to stop and remind people not to crush each other because the crowd moved so rapidly. Rashad also threw water bottles into the crowd mid-show to help people cool down from the blistering heat in the venue.
Rashad finished up the set with the playing of fellow TDE member Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” as he dapped up members of the crowd in the front row and walked off the stage without an encore.