Lupe has recently mixed rock influences into his repertoire, which came through in Saturday’s performance. He mostly stuck to his rapping and older tracks, while peppering newer work between older tracks like “Kick, Push” and “Daydreamin.”
The shortcomings? Despite putting on an energetic performance, Lupe seemed to be drunk, high, forgetful, or some combination of the three. He’s a strange character for sure—and recently, a borderline recluse—but the odd soliloquy he gave before launching into “Superstar” caught the audience off-guard. He broke off mid-song to perform “Show Goes On,” forgot the lyrics, and then returned to the track that made him famous.
Nonetheless, the concert was a hit. “Hip Hop Saved My Life,” the first song performed off of The Cool, set the evening’s tone. Lupe’s flow and the backing instruments aligned well and the crowd fed off of the performance.
If you ask me, Lupe killed it.