The Smoker’s Club Tour passed through the Pageant earlier in the week, bringing out a crowd filling the lower level of the Pageant with a mutual love of lighters and hip-hop.
The night’s lineup went seven-plus acts deep, but I wandered in a little before Smoke DZA took to the stage, celebrating his recent signing to Curren$y’s Jet Life label imprint.
Big K.R.I.T‘s last show in town was a sellout at the Gramophone and the Mississippi-raised rapper laid down another aggressive set this time too. KRIT prowled the stage, rolling off highlights from his Return of 4Eva mixtape, getting the crowd revved up and nodding along.
Method Man brought the Wu-Tang style and treated the crowd to a set more energetic than most rock shows I’ve been to, jumping the barricades on several occasions. The man definitely knows how to work an audience, getting everyone singing along to “Shimy Shimy Ya” in tribute to fallen compadre Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
On paper, Curren$y‘s laid-back delivery would have seemed to be an odd follow-up to the energy of Big KRIT and Method Man, but by transforming the stage into a living room, the performance had the charm of a house show. Having broken his ankle at Rock the Bells, the young rapper did most of his set sitting on the couch (or carried by Smoke DZA), still comfortably spitting out verses and showing why he sold out his last show at the Old Rock House a few months back.
-Each of the three main acts posed different shooting challenges. KRIT had the most dynamic lights, but rarely stayed still enough to get a clean shot. Method Man was just everywhere, which wasn’t easy to cope with on a night of fixed prime lens. With his cast, Curren$y was the only one that didn’t move much, but had dimmer lights to match his hazy style.