Photos by Jim Michaels (@jmichaels.jpeg) © 2020 Early Bird Music
It’s pretty common knowledge that a show on a Sunday night is the least desirable slot of the week, and a hard sell. Such was not the case this past Sunday when Trippie Redd came to New York on his 2020 Love Me More Tour in support of his 2019 album A Love Letter To You 4.
Sold out weeks in advance, resale tickets were going for $112 up until show time on third party selling sites, and Terminal 5 was a reflection of that the second you arrived. Typically, a crowd files in right around time for the headliner, but Trippie Redd’s atypical crowd showed up two hours early for the full ticket that included Kodie Shane and Blocboy JB as openers.
Fans waited later than usual for Trippie to finally grace the stage at 9:45PM, but what they got was an immediate dose of Trippie’s signature energy. Even with a simple, acoustically driven song like “Leray,” his opening song, when you add Trippie’s sing-yelling style with the stimulating production setup and flashing strobe lighting, every song feels like it’s electric and stadium-ready.
The entire set was full of two things: energy and smoke. Throughout the show, a blazing Trippie Redd screamed and sang his way all over the stage as compressed air cannons erupted toward the crowd at the drops and choruses of each song. As far as performing, Trippie Redd can do it all, displaying the diverse talent that his fans have come to expect from him through his continued rise over the last three years.
Even if you’re unfamiliar with his individual songs, the Ohio native’s live performance is an experience worth seeing and feeling for yourself, as he lights up a stage and crowd with passion and energy that’s hard to find in someone who hasn’t even turned 21 years-old yet.
The sound and energy that Trippie Redd brings to the show is a paradox, combining the emotion and avant-garde attitudes of punk rock over street rap in one moment, only to turn around and deliver a soulful melody only moments later. Through the harder, rap-focused songs like “1400/999 Freestyle,” “Death,” “Grinch” and “Dark Knight Dummo,” fans screamed atop each others’ shoulders and moshed in the packed crowd, throwing everything from shirts and drinks to Air Force Ones. During his more melodic songs, fans sang each note and waved their arms left and right to the beat.
The near 20-song set also included performances by special guests including New York native Lil Tecca, who performed “How I Was Raised” alongside Trippie before rapping his breakout hit, “Ransom,” and special guest Lil Yachty, who rapped along to his collab “M’s.”
One of the most intriguing points of the night came after the midshow break that included a quick spin of “Welcome to the Party” by deceased Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke, in his late honor. Trippie came back out and immediately roused the New York crowd by literally screaming at them and asking them to scream right back, after which he covered XXXTentacion’s “Fuck Love,” which they created together in 2017.
Originally breaking through the “Soundcloud Rap” scene, Trippie Redd’s unique and wide-ranging vocal talent, his contagious energy, and his keen grasp of internet meme culture have already netted him over 5 billion audio and video streams in the U.S. alone, nearly 15 million Spotify monthly listeners, and 10 million followers around the world on Instagram.
You can still see Trippie Redd live on tour in US through mid-March – dates below: