Harvey Marwood

By Harvey Marwood

Harvey Marwood

19 Nov 2021

After releasing album “Destined 2 Win” earlier this year, it was only right that US rap superstar Lil Tjay headed for London to deliver two headline shows at the O2 Academy in Brixton. Huge collaborations with the late Pop Smoke, Fivio Foreign and Polo G has helped the NYC raised artist reach new heights over in the UK. Having been a few days since we attended last Friday’s sold out show – I’ve had a good amount of time to reflect on the event.

Kenny Allstar performed a quality hour long DJ set to get things kicked off – playing a selection of the finest UK bangers to get the crowd livened up. Kenny always seems to bring the heat everytime he does a set – so that did not surprise me whatsoever. That set wrapped up just after 9:30. However, there was a lenghtly wait until Tjay made his way out onto the stage – with the American rapper not coming out until just after 10:15.

It appeared that the previous weeks tragic events at American festival Astroworld has rightly so influenced UK crowd control. On multiple occasions throughout the night the crowd was told to take steps back with there many stewards maintaining hydration levels at the front of the audience.

Lil Tjay performing on 12/11/21 at O2 Academy Brixton (PC @_JoshuaSimpson)

When Lil Tjay did come on stage – it was just how I would have expected it to be. At times it felt like a mass call and response, with the majority of fans singing along to every song. Crowd favourites such as “Calling My Phone”, “Pop Out” and “Mood Swings” went off; the vibes were immaculate and a sense of togetherness and community was very much instilled in the venue.

Lil Tjay is very much a crowd pleaser; he remained connected with the audience throughout the whole set. ivermectin paste lyme He slowed things down at times with the ending melodics for the chorus on “Leaked” – as well as flipping the tempo to energise the crowd for “FN”. Tjay came out just after 10:15 and came off just before 10:50 – so it appeared that crowd control played a moderate impact into the timings. However, safety is way more important so in the grand scheme of things it wasn’t an issue that he was late to the stage.

As an American coming over to the UK it can be difficult to resonate and connect with an audience with such ease. ivermectin injectable alpacas Lil Tjay did it perfectly whilst performing his set list with confidence and style.