Future - Nobody Safe Tour at Lakewood Amphitheatre, May 5, 2017
It would be an understatement to say that Future's music got me through my last two years of college. I don't think a single day passed during my senior year without me playing a Future project front to back. He blessed us with DS2, EVOL, What a Time to Be Alive and Purple Reign all within ten months preceding my graduation, and I still hadn't finished squeezing out the replay value of Honest, Monster, Beast Mode and 56 Nights. I'll never forget the day Future dropped Purple Reign; it was the same day Russell Wilson and the Seahawks lost in the first round of the NFL postseason. It's possible that the release of Purple Reign and loss of the Seahawks was a coincidence, but I'd like to think the power of this mixtape was enough to force Wilson to underperform. Waking up to this project was a blessing, but it was just icing on the cake to know that the Seahawks lost the same day.
When Future first announced the Nobody Safe Tour, I immediately jumped at tickets before they sold out. Future performing alongside other Atlanta rappers in his hometown? I don't go to many rap shows, but there's no way I could miss seeing the artist that I spent countless hours listening to in college. The tour was held at Lakewood Amphitheatre, a venue I had never been to before, so I was dripping with anticipation for the experience. It was raining the entire day prior to Future's set, and it was even drizzling a little bit through Young Thug's set. But right before Future went on, the rain had stopped. Again, maybe just a coincidence, but I'm not one to underestimate the power of Future.
Migos was originally expected to open, but apparently cancelled last minute. I wasn't necessarily surprised, but I didn't think they would cancel a performance opening for Future in Atlanta. Regardless, Young Thug's set was excellent as expected and definitely got us ready for one of his greatest influences. Future took the stage a little bit after 9PM and opened with 'Draco'. The stage production was phenomenal, bringing us several LCDs and lasers, along with pyrotechnics and larger screens for people on the lawn to see Future. His set list primarily stuck to newer songs off FUTURE and HNDRXX, but he did play some gems from the vault including 'Trap N**s,' 'Lay Up,' 'Thought it Was a Drought,' 'Sh!t,' and 'Stick Talk.' Of course, DJ Esco made an appearance giving Future a little break and played 'Bad and Boujee' and 'T-shirt,' probably to make up for Migos' last minute cancellation. Esco's stage presence was contagious - he did a great job throughout the night of hyping up the crowd.
Future only performed until 10:15, even though he was scheduled to play until 10:30. He closed with 'Mask Off,' which was expected considering its status as a platinum single and its dominance in sales and social media. Despite the short set, Future's performance was wild with the energy that both he and Esco brought. You could just tell by crowd involvement that everyone there genuinely loved Future, and didn't show up just to turn up. Although I do enjoy electronic shows more because of the intimacy with the music, it was a hell of an experience to feed off of the liveliness of the crowd and the production of the show. This is the very beginning of the Nobody Safe Tour, so Future is almost certainly going to be performing in a city near you this summer. Go for the production, go for the connections with friends around you, but most importantly go for Future.