IRVING PLAZA – BIG SEAN ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
So, in the tradition of my “exciting” life in the NYC area I attended the Big Sean album release party/concert which was presented by Adidas and HOT 97. I actually won tickets after entering to win online; I never normally win these things, so imagine my surprise when they called me and said I had FOUR passes for the show. I was geeked.
Then came Tuesday.
I got a late start and ended up arriving at the venue at 7:!5ish. Of course it was wrapped around the building but that kind of thing doesn’t deter me. I won the tickets, I paid money for the train, so I was determined to see a show! Time passed and eventually my guests joined me in line and it got closer to the 9PM start time with us hardly moving forward. Once it was past 9, I started to worry that there was a slight chance that I may not get in due to fire code regulations.
I literally had not set foot inside the venue until 10:13PM after all that waiting. Did I mention that I’d just gotten off from work after being awake at 4:40AM and working until 3:00PM? Yes, I was about that life Tuesday. Apparently, I missed a couple of songs but I wasn’t trippin’ because I didn’t pay for the tickets, so I wasn’t going to complain. Yes, I had work the next morning but this is what a fan does:
They stand there and endure strenuous conditions all in the name of their love for the artist.
I got in and of course every other attendee stood at a healthy 5’11” or better, making it hard for my 5’2” self to see anything. Case in point, I caught a glimpse of Big Sean’s orange jacket and swore he was wearing a varsity jacket. I saw pictures later on…it was a blazer.
Anyway, I got to hear him thank the audience profusely for their support and love over the years of his come-up in between songs like “Gang Bang” sans Wiz, “Too Fake” (which welcomed an appearance by rapper/producer duo Chiddy Bang), “Supa Dupa Lemonade” (my all-time favorite song to jam to live; I turn into an MC every time the beat drops), and other mixtape gems as well as tracks featured on his upcoming album: fans sang along to songs like the unofficial strip club clip of the summer, “Ass”, “High” – the Wiz Khalifa assisted track, and of course “Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay” featuring his boss Kanye West.
As soon as “Let’s Get It On” began to play, I told my friend Tiff “‘Ye’s about to come out.” Mr. West has been hitting the NYC media circuits with Sean as he promotes his album and has had kind words for an artist that many felt in the beginning he’d put off unjustly. I see it as Kanye was showing this young man how the business truly works and that you have to keep the spot you earn.
Gettin’ on is the easy part compared to staying on.