It has been a big week for music in Brooklyn with the Tidal concert and most recently Power 105.1’s Powerhouse both taking over the Barclays Center on Oct. 22. The annual concert displays some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop coming together for an epic night in music culture. The line up featured some of this year’s biggest hitters such as Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Meek Mill, Fetty Wap and Future. The classic man Jidenna got the party started early preforming some of his hottest tracks while he was dressed to the nines per usual. Other featured acts included Jeremih who definitely displayed his catalog of hits and the “Post to Be” star Omarion.
Meek Mill’s tales of his come up and struggle always manages to connect with a crowd as the timeless “Dreams & Nightmares” intro had one of the loudest crowd responses of the night. Accompanying him on stage were his Philly comrades, MMG boss man Rick Ross and his Superstar arm piece Nicki Minaj. The melodies of the trap were in full effect as Fetty Wap managed to take the stage seated in a golden throne for the first time since his recent motorcycle injuries. The trap star brought the crowd to another level with some of the songs that sky rocketed him to the top of the charts like “679” and “Trap Queen.”
Wap was not the only correspondent of the trap in attendance that evening. Future’s highly anticipated performance did not disappoint. Still riding the epic hype from the success of his third studio album “DS2” the star had everyone on their feet and dancing as he performed his fan proclaimed trap motivation songs like “Blow a Bag” and “F*ck Up Some Commas.” None other than King Kendrick Lamer had the last number, as he closed out the show. Sporting some corn rows and performing his tales of being good kid in a mad city, he definitely ended the night right. Read what Jidenna told reporters backstage:
Q: What do you think of your importance to the Nigerian culture being one of the biggest names in main stream media?
Jidenna: Growing up in the 90’s it wasn’t cool to be African, at all. I got teased, that’s why I talk like this (emphasizing enunciation) and not like I did cause I had a very heavy accent. To me it’s important that all of us on the forefront and I’m talking bout anyone from me to Wiz Kid to be pushing forward the new image of Africa and Nigeria specifically. With Nollywood booming, it’s amazing. To me, it’s very important that we celebrate this new era when it’s actually cool for someone like Wiz Kid to collab with someone like Drake. It’s a special moment.
Q: How do you think African culture influences your sound?
J: It influences every artist on stage’s sound. I don’t know if everybody is aware of it. I’m not sure I haven’t had those conversations. When you look the rhythm of everybody and the melodies of someone like Future or Migos, when you go to South Africa they like them because they feel the music even more than probably 90’s Hip-hop. What we’re doing right now melodically and rhythmically is very particular to this time, but it reminds us of the Highlife music that we grew up with in West Africa because the melodies are a certain way. [He demonstrates a catchy melody with no distinguishable words] that can be from Lagos or Atlanta. People are talking bout getting money in Africa right now and we aren’t talking about coming to America right now. Mustard was just on the radio talking about “I’m going to Morocco.” I was just chilling with French Montana and he was in Dubai with Akon. Everybody is there. It’s a new era and I’m glad to ride this wave! I’m proud of it.
Toyibat Oridami contributed reporting.