REVIEW: Big Sean live in Sydney
Detroit rap sensation Big Sean took to the stage at the Hi Fi in Sydney on Friday night, as part of his first solo tour Down Under.
Fans screamed in anticipation as DJ ΜΘ ΒΣΔΤZ opened the set, with a smoke haze and beams of light teasing the crowd with a silhouette of the 25-year-old rapper.
With a vocal-laced intro giving way to an eerie-sounding bass track, the curtains were drawn to reveal the star of the night, dressed in his signature gold chain, plaid shirt and baseball cap.
Sean fed the feverish crowd right from the opening track – a remix of ‘Mercy,’ his collaboration with mentor Kanye West – before jumping around the stage and making the crowd wobble during ‘Dance (A$$)’ featuring Nicki Minaj, the biggest hit of his early career.
Sean went on to perform a mix of new tracks from his latest album ‘Hall of Fame’ – including ‘Fire,’ ’10 2 10,’ and ‘Ashley,’ featuring Miguel – as well as crowd-favourites from his previous releases ‘Detroit,’ ‘Cruel Summer,’ and ‘Finally Famous.’
A highlight of his performance was 2012 hit ‘Guap,’ the first single from his second studio album, which had the crowd bouncing, waving and screaming from the get-go.
There were several costume changes throughout the night – first, he lost the flannel shirt; then, the white singlet too – with Sean also taking some time out to teach his fans how to “swerve.”
While he didn't have the stage presence of Kanye West or the lyrical control of Kendrick Lamar, to Sean’s credit, he was one of the most professional rappers we’ve seen perform.
We have no doubt he'll be back very, very soon.