Vince Staples, Lil Herb & Loaf Muzik played The Shop (BrooklynVegan-RB #SoundSelect pics & videos)
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Vince Staples / Lil Herb / Loaf Muzik @ The Shop - 8/10/2015
"This song is dedicated to my n--- Cornel West. He's locked up right now," said Staples, before asking the Brooklyn crowd to raise their hands in the gesture linked to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Throughout the show, Staples also alluded to recent instances of police brutality. "If you're in Brooklyn, New York tonight and you do not f-k with the police, you gotta make some motherf-king noise," Staples said. When concertgoers at the back of the venue didn't join in, he addressed the fans. "I know what's wrong with the back! Them n---s is cops!"
Long Beach rapper Vince Staples came to NYC last night (8/10) for the latest BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select at new-ish Bushwick venue The Shop. Opening was Chicago rapper Lil Herb and local group Loaf Muzik. That's an excerpt from Entertainment Weekly's review of the show above. XXL caught it too, and pointed out that Vic Mensa and Joey Bada$$ were in attendance. Pictures are in this post.
Loaf Muzik got things started around 8 PM and played for almost an hour straight, with the energy only increasing both on stage and off during their set (pretty impressive for an opener). The stage was as packed as could be with Loaf Muzik and the many friends they brought up there, and if you came to the show not knowing their music (which I think was a lot of people), you definitely left remembering their set.
Then came Lil Herb. He was less wild than Loaf Muzik and didn't have a mass of friends jumping around with him, but did have a lot of fans come out who clearly knew the words. Vibe caught his set too, and wrote: "Unlike Herb's aggressive demeanor on-wax, the Eastside Chi-Town native felt at home on stage, beaming for most of the night and saluting his fans for showing love."
It was basically as packed as The Shop could be by the time Vince Staples was ready to go on stage. The whole part of the venue in front of the stage had fans squeezed in, people were standing on tables and booths to get a better view, and the minute the lights dimmed and Vince walked out the place erupted in cheers. This was clearly going to be something different than Vince's last public Brooklyn show that happened only two months earlier. Granted, that one was opening for Run the Jewels in a huge venue, but it's pretty clear that once Vince's debut album hit at the end of June, it caught on almost immediately and last night's show was even more evidence of that. Whether he was playing off the new album or off 2014's equally excellent Hell Can Wait EP, he had the majority of the crowd dancing, waving their arms, and yelling along.
At the moment at least, a small club like The Shop seems like exactly the type of place Vince feels at home. The way he gets in his own zone when he raps is nothing for the festival circuit, and neither are his dark unconventional beats that sounded great coming out of The Shop's booming sound system. But the place was so wild for him last night that maybe it won't be long before he's headlining the size venues he'll be playing on his upcoming tour opening for A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator and Danny Brown.
Thanks to all the bands, Red Bull, The Shop, poster designer Tyler Spangler, and everyone who came out. If you were there, we hope you grabbed one of the free limited edition posters on your way out.
The next BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show is Against Me!, Cakes Da Killa and Big Eyes at Asbury Park's Stone Pony on September 4. Like the Vince Staples show was, it's $3 with RSVP or $10 without.
More pictures and videos from the Vince Staples show below...