After surgery repairing his broken left leg, the doctor told 2 Chainz “looks like you’ll have to cancel tour.” But on August 19th at the Roseland Theater in Portland, the Def Jam artist hit the stage on the 14th stop of his nationwide tour.
Prior to the founder of Playaz Circle ripping apart his set, opener Young Dolph had his chance to rap for the crowd of 1,500 at the Roseland. Young Dolph performed for about half an hour, entering the stage sitting on a throne that turned around to reveal himself to the crowd. A huge advocate for staying independent as an artist, Dolph took the chance to shout out his independent label, Paper Route Empire as he hyped up the crowd with his fast-paced, high energy delivery. Highlighting his set were fan favorites “Preach” off his 2014 project Country Crossings, his feature on the worldwide hit “Cut It” by OT Genesis, and 2017 release “100 Shots.”
So then it was 2 Chainz turn. His stage design was anything but boring. A look-a-like of the trap house from the cover of his latest album, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, filled the stage. Through the front door of the bright pink house, the 39 year-old rapper was pushed to the front of the stage in his wheelchair, coming out to the second song off the album: “Riverdale Rd.”
In front of a sold out venue the emcee ripped apart the stage, track after track. With the number of pure hits the multi-platinum recording artist has, everyone in the Roseland was able to echo his lyrics. 2 Chainz‘ set had a little bit of everything in terms of his discography; he (of course) performed most of his newest project, which he claims to be one of the top albums of 2017. 2 Chainz covered all of his notable features including: “No Problem,” “All Me,” “Fuckin’ Problems,” and more. He also performed his hit songs off his first solo album, Based on a T.R.U. Story. To close the night, 2 Chainz rattled off “Good Drank 2.0” and finally, “4AM.”
He was extremely grateful, thanking his fans multiple times for coming out to watch him perform even though he was in a wheelchair. While the energy in the building certainly would’ve been even better had he not been crippled, the show is very much worth the price of admission due to the the unique stage production, the absolute hit-filled set, and the accompaniment of his background singers, the “Trap Choir.”
2 Chainz closes out the Pretty Girls Like Trap Music Tour on September 17th, so there’s still time left to catch a show.
Check out photos from the night below: