Wale, Savoy, Young Prince
Wale and Savoy played to a sold-out crowd at Music Farm on Saturday night, and while it seemed like most guests were at the Farm to see Wale — the final act and show headliner — five artists in all performed. D.C. pride flooded the club. People in Redskins jerseys were seen throughout the club, throwing up D.C. hood signs with their fingers.
Young Prince, a 19-year-old rapper from Washington D.C., was third to go on. Prince is a sophomore at Guilford College. He arrived on stage, rapping over instrumentals of Dr. Dre's "Next Episode." His manager, Jack Dee, told us Prince plays seven instruments and does most of his recording during school breaks from the college. A prodigy in the making, we were impressed by Young Prince's demeanor. He even apologized for cursing during his closing.
Savoy hit the stage, flipping the tone of the show to techno. Savoy hails from Boulder, but the electronic dance trio has been touring with Wale in music hubs around South Carolina. The two DJs bobbed their heads in unison alongside a live drummer. They remixed songs like Technotronic's 1989 hit "Pump Up the Jam" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller." The audience went wild, throwing water in the air as lights flashed across stage.
The crowd at the Farm was incredibly diverse. Reps from Brightsound Entertainment, the promotion company that put on the show, said that was exactly what they were aiming for. They wanted to draw in an eclectic group by featuring both electronica and rap groups.
Savoy ended their set with a dub step remake of Damien Marley's "Welcome to Jamrock." And after a brief interlude, the much anticipated Wale kicked off his headlining set. The D.C. rapper walked on stage, rhyming along to Rhianna's hit single "Run this Town." He asked everyone in the audience with a Twitter account to post they were at his show. And then his DJ performed a short solo. Wale rapped songs from his new mixtape More About Nothing and started and ended his set with an effortless flow.