Future rips up Ak-Chin Pavilion

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Future performs at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ on June 28, 2017 (Photo by Greg Cohen)

Future kicked-off 4 big rap concerts in 4 weeks in the Phoenix area when he performed at the Ak-Chin Pavilion on June 28.  The Live Nation produced Nobody Safe Tour is in support of Future’s latest albums Future and Hndrxx.  The albums Future and Hndrxx were released a week apart this past February.  Both albums debuted at #1 which makes Future the first artist to debut two albums in consecutive weeks with each debuting at the #1 spot on the Billboard charts.

Future brought the energy and the crowd loved it.  He rapidly moved from song to song – ripping through snippets of his best rhymes, verses and hooks from each.   He did not dwell on any one song for too long – moving through them as if he was urgently trying to fit all of them in during his limited time on stage.  Future deftly mixed in old hits with tracks from his current albums.  One of the most prolific artists in recent memory, Future led fans through a tour of his biggest hits and the crowd was happy to follow along.

Fellow Atlanta rappers Migos performed immediately before Future.  With a number of streaming and radio hits of their own, Migos offered plenty of familiar tracks to keep the crowd engaged and singing along.  They too brought plenty of energy and vibrancy to the concert and served as a perfect lead-in for Future.

ASAP Ferg, who performed before Migos, spent most of his set in the audience.  Literally.  Starting with the 3rd song of his set, ASAP Ferg moved from the stage into the crowd and sang the next couple songs from the 8th row to the left of the stage.  From there he went further back in the amphitheatre on the left side.  Then to the final rows of seats in the middle of the amphitheatre for a couple tracks.  And then he worked back down the right side of the stage for a couple songs at 2 different stops.  It was a great touch by ASAP Ferg to spend the majority of the show off the stage and in the crowd.  With it still being light out during most of his set, it wasn’t like he was receiving much benefit from the lights and staging anyway, so being in the crowd served him and his performance really well.

Miami rapper Zoey Dollaz opened the show.

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