By Miranda Johnson
The up-and-coming rappers who graced the cover of XXL’s 2012 Freshmen Class issue surely performed like seniors on Monday night. Iggy Azalea, Roscoe Dash, Kid Ink, Macklemore, Hopsin, Danny Brown, Future, French Montana, Machine Gun Kelly and Don Trip tore the house down at New York’s Best Buy Theater, with MGK and French Montana really showing why they were chosen to hold the prized title at the “Freshmen Live” Concert.
The frosh brought along many guests for their big outing. DJ Khaled, SchoolBoy Q, Red Café and Tech 9 all made appearances during the show, while radio personalities Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg played MCs for the evening.
Don Trip started things up with his hit “Letter to My Son” which features Trey Songz. The track instantly brought the rambunctious crowd of down to a mellow mood. However, their mood promptly accelerated when he performed his next track, “I’m a Mess.” The freshmen that followed, including Kid Ink, Roscoe Dash Macklemore and Iggy Azalea kept the crowd bumping for the first half of the show.
Earlier in the day Azalea told MTV News, “I haven’t been doing a lot of shows and I think alot of people dont understand why but it’s because I’ve been working on my album. So every time I have a show lately I’ll be so excited,” adding, “I wish Tip was here. Lately all the shows I’ve been doing I’ve been so lucky that I get to bring him out and now I’m spoiled.”
Danny Brown continued the show and rose the bar to a whole new level for the following acts. Brown crowd surfed as Machine Gun Kelly would also do later and certainly acted “psycho” as he frequently spits on his tracks. Future followed, taking the crowd to Pluto. The Atlanta rapper had a moon man mascot onstage during his set, which surely set him apart from the rest.
Next a masked French Montana hit the stage and he was definitely a crowd favorite, bringing out Khaled who rapped along to some of his biggest hits, including “I’m On One.” MGK closed out the show, with probably the most anticipated set of the night. The Ohio rapper was indeed a “Wild Boy” last night as he sprayed water all over fans and cut an “X” on his stomach to prove his loyalty.