Future Shines On A Rainy Day In ATL
I’m not an expert on rap music. My major influences are pretty basic, Kendrick, Kanye, Run the Jewels, and Outkast to name a few, but that isn’t to say that I don’t come with an open ear and an open mind to any new artists or opportunities. So when I got the news that I would be covering Future and Young Thug before a last second change) at Lakewood Amphitheatre, I was elated at the prospect of getting to see two of the most popular acts in rap for the first time.
An unseasonably cold and rainy day could’ve kept the crowd at home, especially in a mostly outdoor venue, but the sell-out crowd showed up in a big way for the hometown trap stars. Thugger's first few songs lacked the kind of fire that you would expect from him. With that being said, he quickly hit his stride and gave the quickly-filling amphitheater a headliner’s energy as he made his way through a setlist that was chock-full of old songs for the old school fans as well as current hits “Wyclef Jean” and “Pick up the Phone," which features the sadly absent Quavo.
Once the openers and the rain had both made their way off, Future’s stage crew took the curtain off of a mountain of a set design that featured a multi-level DJ and performance platform, a massive LED backdrop, and three, four-panel “ribbon” LED screens suspended high above the stage. One crew member, in particular, was tasked with wiping down the metal-plated sections with Windex and a microfiber cloth, which exhibited the attention to detail and commitment to excellence that Future expects out of his crew.
When the house lights dropped the crowd sprang to life with excitement, and Future rose up from beneath his gargantuan set design for his opening track, “Draco.” The entire set was a homecoming for the Atlanta native, and he made sure to remind us how good it felt to play a hometown show. A massive setlist full of old favorites for his day one fans as well as the bangers we all know and love kept people at every level of fandom engaged and satisfied.
The only break that Future took was a 10-minute span in the middle of the set where special guest DJ Esco took the stage to switch things up and allow Future time to make an outfit change. Toward the end of Esco’s set, he paid tribute to the two opening acts that were unable to make it to the show by playing Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” and leading the crowd in a chant of “Free Kodak” before summoning Future back to the stage.
After his return, Future saw to it that no hit went unperformed as he made his way through the second half of the setlist which saw emphatic performances of songs like “My Savages,” “Low Life,” “Fuck Up Some Commas,” and the finale, “Mask Off.” The hometown crowd was on fire, and the bad weather from earlier was an afterthought to the amazing show at hand. While Lakewood isn’t my most frequented venue, I cant think of a show I’ve seen there where the crowd was so alive.
Lucky for us Atlantians, Future is making a second Atlanta stop on his Nobody Safe tour on Tuesday, May 9. Tickets for the new Atlanta date can be found HERE.
Tickets and information for the rest of the Nobody Safe tour can be found HERE.
Photos by Grace Kelly for Bullet Music