Compton emcee Boogie, played the BMI stage on the fourth and final day of Lollapalooza on Sunday in Grant Park. With a pretty good size crowd of at least about 50-100 people, the CPT rep, who was not only playing Lollapalooza for the first time, but said it was his first time in Chicago, looked like a veteran on stage.
Showing off very good mic control and getting the crowd involved from the very beginning of his set, when he came out to Bitter Raps and had everybody throwing and chucking up the Westside, like he was playing a home L.A. crowd during his performance of Sunroof. Boogie showed that Chicago appreciates Los Angeles and Westcoast Hip-Hop, just as much as they appreciate their own.
This really showed even more when, the Compton native asked the crowd, “Do you fvck with that real Hip-Hop? I heard Chicago fvck with that real Hip-Hop! But I really want to know, do you fvck with real Hip-Hop?” To which the crowd gave an emphatic, “Heck, yeah!” Boogie then going into his very popular, N**ga Needs. Where he showed some of his best emceeing with his effortless mic control and his control of the crowd. Even going back and stopping the track at one point, so he can slow things down to do an accapella, where the crowd can really hear, the truth he was spitting in his raps on, N**ga Needs.
Getting the crowd involved again, Boogie would then pick out two men and two women to come up and turn up with him on stage, on his next track he performed, Just Might. An emphatic turn up type record, which really got the crowd going and even pushing others around. It was obviously the perfect record to have the four people turning up on stage with him too.
Slowing things down after that for one of his more smoother records, Two Days, which is about his girl, and he had the crowd waving their twos around, as he performed. It showed the emcee’s versatility that he has, being able to do real rap, turn up type records or smooth records.
Boogie would then give a small PSA about how when there’s fvcked up politicians, like the one in office right now, you can change things with your voice and being more active for change, instead of sitting around and doing nothing. The same with police and fvcked up, crooked police. Which was the perfect segue into the Compton emcee’s very heartfelt and real record, Change.
Once again, getting the crowd involved. Boogie talked about how he knows there’s got to be some rappers in the crowd and how he used to always watch Smack DVD’s and wanted to bring up two emcees to battle one another. Him and his DJ would then pick out two people from the crowd. One named Daz, right here from Chicago and another from Colorado. The two would put on a pretty good battle with each other.
Closing out his set after that with Let Me Rap and Oh My. Boogie would have the crowd going so crazy with his emphatically energizing closing performance of, Oh My, that showed just how much promise the emcee has. From his emceeing to his mic control and control of the crowd, Boogie without a doubt showed the most promise of any emcee, we seen at the four days during the festival. So much so, that he will assuredly be back performing Lollapalooza on a bigger stage, whenever he does come back again. It’s just a question of when it will be.