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I’ll admit, I wasn’t extremely familiar with Dumbfoundead before the show. I had devoted a few of my morning commutes to becoming familiar with the show I would be attending later that week, but wasn’t an expert on his material at all. My first impression of Dumbfoundead was walking up to the box office to see large red letters that spelled out every procrastinator’s worst nightmare, “Dumbfoundead: Sold Out.” Feeling privileged to already have a ticket waiting at the box office, my friends and I picked up our tickets and made our way into an absolutely packed out Hell at the Masquerade.
We searched high and low trying to find any gap in the crowd to see through or get closer and finally found somewhere that was good enough. We got in just in time to catch Year of the Ox, who utilize a type of percussive flow that is reminiscent of early 2000’s battle rappers like Eminem. Featuring catchy beats, pounding bass, and a couple of scratch solos (that my boy DJ Wick-It would’ve loved), these guys were as good of an opener as you could ask for and had the crowd ready to ignite.
When Dumbfoundead came out to his biggest song “Harambe” the crowd absolutely erupted. His lyrics “the world is a zoo” are a perfect description of the Masquerade that night. The crowd was giving him just as much energy as he was putting out and then some. Chants of “ATL Ho” flooded the room and everyone was filled with the kind of city pride that only exists at concerts and sporting events. Aside from the way that crowd reacted to the music, they reacted to Dumbfoundead’s comedian-like decorum between songs with eager participation.
He joked about people’s majors, jobs, and everything in between. He was gifted several shots that I’m sure had some effect on his tweeting that Atlanta “might’ve been the best show so far on tour!” Developing such a strong rapport with the audience is a key part of Dumbfoundead’s live show. From the early moments, even his openers interacted with the crowd and made them feel involved.
That level of fan connection must be why Dumbfoundead has already sold out three of his remaining shows, and is expected to sell out more. This rapper’s hypnotic performance was capped off by a reprise of “Harambe” that again sent the crowd into a frenzy. Many people stayed behind to meet Dumbfoundead by the merch table after the show had ended. Hopefully I’m one of the lucky ones that’s able to go the next time he sells out in Atlanta.
Photos by Sidney Spear for Bullet Music