WALE at Sony Hall
Written by Jeff Ramella on May 21, 2018
By: Kyle Phipps
Thursday night (May 10th), Wale was in the building at Sony Hall where he performed a mixture of his old to most recent songs and features. Wale has been on a streak lately releasing E.P’s consisting of four songs each: “It’s Complicated” and “Self Promotion.” You can find them on any music streaming platform.
Sony Hall is an alluring venue with a floor for the standing audience directly in front of the stage and booths surrounding the floor where people were dining while the show was going on. To open up, there was an artist by the name of Kemba from the Bronx who is up and coming. Kemba was a great opening act, he even surprised me by his superb performance. He’ll also be performing at this year’s Rolling Loud Festival in Miami, FL. After the opening act, DJ Money kept the crowd entertained with his set before Wale made his way on stage.
Wale opened up with his featured verse from the song “Bounce it” by Juicy J. While performing the song, Wale made his way off stage to dance and interact with the crowd as everyone around him took selfies and danced right with him. Once Wale made his way back on stage, he then continued with his set as he jumped back and forth with a mixture of his old and new hits. Midway through the show Wale was very vocal with the crowd expressing how he’s happy with life due to the fact that Rick Ross is healthy and one of his closest friends just came home from prison (Meek Mill).“MMG is back”, Wale shouted.. Wale then smoothly transitioned into his hits “Running Back”, “Slight Work” and “Pretty Girls” all in that order.
A major highlight of the night is when Wale stated that he had a special guest for everyone. Next thing you know, Fabolous made an appearance on stage surprising the audience as they both performed “Faith In Me” off of Fabolous Summertime Shootout,Vol. 2 mixtape. Something about this performance brought out a certain type of enjoyment in the venue that I felt on a spiritual level. Fabolous then went on to perform his hit “Ball Drop” before departed.
Wale continued to give his audience what they wanted as he resumed to perform more songs: “Lotus Flower Bomb”, “Diced Pineapples”, “Fashion Week”, and closed out with his featured verse off of “No Hands.” It was clear that Wale appreciated all the love and support he received in Sony Hall Thursday night as he left with kind words for everyone and a promise that he’ll be back soon.