Rapper Big Sean is 27-years-old and from Detroit. Unlike many other rappers his songs are about his life and life in his hometown. Very little about bling or hotties. It is all rather refreshing with its wall-to-wall realism and grittiness that is infused with plenty of positivity. Sometimes despite the work they have done being of the uneven variety you can sometimes tell when a young musician still has more they can achieve. Kanye’s boy, Big Sean, is still early in his career and there is plenty of time for him to hone his craft to an even sharper point. There is still room to grow. What he does continue to show is that you cannot pigeonhole him and that he can do a wide variety of things well. Sometimes he gets a little too big for his britches and shows off a little too much. Meaning that he aims higher than he should or he tries to jam too many words into a song and stumbles a little. Stick with him and you’ll be able to brag (when he is considered one of the top rappers in the game) that you were a fan of him when. Like a good wine, Big Sean is getting better with age.
I guess J. Cole is the headliner of this tour. Hailing from North Carolina, this 30-year-old rapper came onto the scene in 2007 due to his mixtape called They Come Up. Jay Z heard it and was so impressed he signed him to his Roc Nation label in 2009. This lead to two more mixtapes, The Warm Up and Friday Night Lights. He released his debut full length album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, in 2011 and it debuted at number one on the Billboard album chart. One year later his sophomore album, Born Sinner, also went to number one on the album chart. They say that bad things come in threes, well, the opposite is true for J. Cole. His third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which was released in 2014 also went to the top of the chart. Rapping since he was 14-years-old, J. Cole has sited Tupac Shakur, Eminem, Nas, and Canabus as his favourite rappers.
-Date: August 7, 2015
-Venue: Bell Centre
-Ticket Purchase: www.evenko.ca
-Ticket Prices: $64.00, $85.00, $101.00 (plus handling charges)
-Show Time: 8:00 p.m.
-Opening Acts: Jeremiah, YG, Bas, Cozz, Omen