L-FRESH The LION brought his tour in support of his second album Become to the Northcote Social Club. Opening the evening was spoken word artist and slam poet Sukhjit. She spoke about Sikh identity, dealing with sexual harassment, and loving your body and yourself. There were lots of snaps for the truth she told.
Omar Musa was up next and played a fantastic set full of songs from his excellent EP Dead//Centre. Joined by DJ B.Two on the decks and rapper Mantra for a guest appearance, Omar brought great energy and passion to the songs "Dead Centre," "The Razor's Edge," "Freedom" and "The Fisherman Song," where he joked he's the only person rapping about Southeast Asian fishermen. He has such a strong voice and presence on stage, and finished off the set with my favorite track off the EP, "Lak$a," which had the whole room jumping.
MC Mirrah made sure everyone was hyped and ready for L-FRESH The LION before he joined DJ MK-1 and the full band onstage. They started with "Pray For Me" and then went into one of my favorites "Get Mine." L-FRESH played songs from both his albums and the whole show was filled with lots of good vibes. He got introspective on "Faithful," "The Time Has Come" and "unBECOME" before bringing up the energy with "One," "Takeover," "1 in 100,000" and "Hold Up," which featured surprise special guest Remi Kolawole rapping his verse in the song. L-FRESH also referenced his Punjabi ancestry with the track "Never Alone" and in the encore as everyone came out on stage to finish the night with "Balle Balle." I had such a great time at this show and really appreciated the positive energy that each artist and the crowd brought to the evening.
Here's the video for "1 in 100,000"