(Photos by Jesse Koch)
This week saw hip-hop legend, YG take to the stage at Amsterdam’s Paradiso and, after keeping the crowd waiting for two hours, he was worth the wait.
Last week Skepta rocked this venue, bringing what is one of the sounds of the moment in Europe with his 140 tempos, reload bars and what is essentially grime music. Trendy kids packed in to see the Londoner who still had to win over a crowd new to his particular culture. YG, however, was worshipped by a crowd who were more than familiar with his hefty catalogue of modern hip-hop classics.
It was in many ways a typical US hip-hop show, with his enormous bodyguard waiting on stage should anyone try anything and a select gang of wannabe groupies in the front row trying to grab a piece of YG. Champagne was shared with that front row, adding to the feeling that this was a celebration of YG’s stature.
The West Coast artist’s latest two albums, both released this year, have a bunch of features from music’s elite, although the absence of his fellow artists was not felt at all. With shirt tucked in for the first half of the set, he commanded stage presence before going out and getting it with pure energy as this ‘turn up’ music did exactly that.
Support was provided by the Netherlands’ own, Josylvio, who gave an impressive performance of his own. The rapper cites the American West Coast as a big influence of his, so to support YG was a perfect and fitting honour for a guy who made us and others in the crowd proud of Dutch rap before we turned our full attention into the wait for YG.