Review: Here’s what happened when Post Malone & Jazz Cartier came through Calgary
Calgary, AB – On Oct. 27 Post Malone, FKi 1st, Jazz Cartier, and Larry June came through Calgary’s MacEwan Ballroom for a stop along The Hollywood Dreams Tour (presented by LiveNation and sponsored by Monster Energy).
Posty is fresh off the release of his August 26th mixtape, and is currently gearing up for the much delayed Stoney album. Even though fans are kind of salty at the late release, there’s no denying that August 26th was a massive project.
That mixtape elevated Post Malone from being a one-hit wonder, to having a whole lot of clout. Enough clout that he was able to go on tour with Jazz Cartier and Larry June. And thankfully they all decided to come through Calgary. Because rappers barely come through Calgary these days. This was blessed.
Photography by Sarah Jay for HipHopCanada
Larry June kicked off the night proper, playing cuts from his newly released EP with Cooking Soul (!!!!!!!!!!!) entitled Orange Season. Only a few minutes into his set and the guy had already hopped down off to the stage and up by the barrier to pose for photos and shake hands with the crowd. The man had hella charisma… so much charisma that I downloaded Orange Soul when I got home because I hadn’t actually listened to it prior to the show.
After Larry June’s set wrapped, Jazz Cartier’s DJ 4th Pyramid (who is low-key also a rapper) made his way on to the stage in preparation for Jacuzzi’s set. This was my third time seeing Jazz perform within the span of three months. I saw him at Osheaga in Montreal. Then again at One Love Music Festival 2016. And now – for the third time – opening up for Post Malone.
He ran through his monster discography of hits including “Lil Wayne” (of course), “Red Alert”, “100 Roses,” “Stick & Move,” and “Dead Or Alive.”
At one point Jazz brought two of his fans up on to the stage and coerced them into stage diving together off the stage. Because Jazz Cartier is a cheeky goober. And as much as he likes thrashing around and disturbing the peace, he seems to get a real rush off convincing his fans to do the same.
But of course a Jazz Cartier show is not a Jazz Cartier show unless the dude ends up walking or surfing the crowd. Which he did. And it was lit. And at one point, the crowd actually dropped Cuzi. But he just got right back up and kept on going like it was nothing.
This was the Calgary show Jazz needed as redemption from the One Love mess in September he had to deal with. That show was cold AF. This show was indoors so Jazz wasn’t completely mummified up in layers of clothes. He was free to thrash around and drench the audience in bottles of water. I am probably never going to get sick of seeing this guy live.
As Jazz and 4th Pyramid exited the stage, FKi 1st came back on to the stage to hype the crowd up for Post Malone’s set. Post Malone came up on stage sporting a big green plaid button up shirt, and his singature fuzzy slept-on cornrows.
One of the most surprising rap stars of the decade (or ever), Post Malone’s exponential rise in fame has been so interesting to watch. While we’ve all decided to label the guy as a “rapper”, he’s stayed adamant about the fact that he doesn’t want to be labelled as anything. I mean… he’s barely a rapper. He’s more on the PBR&B tip.
He’s a singer who dresses like an appropriated version of a rapper. So for some reason he’s been labelled a “rapper.” That’s okay, though. Mainstream media still occasionally refers to Chris Brown as a rapper, and last week morning Post Media referred to A Tribe Called Quest as a “band.” Labels are irrelevant.
Now I have to preface this by admitting that I’m a big fan of Posty’s live show… But it was impossible for the guy to match the hype from Jazz’s set. I’m not just saying this because I dick-ride Canadian rap so hard, but Jazz Cartier should have been the headliner for this. Post Malone’s set has a certain type of mood that fell flaccid after Jazz left the stage.
Post Malone’s set was basically the resurrection of the early 2000’s emo scene. It was such a stark contrast to Jazz Cartier’s turnt up thrasher set. That was the peak of the hype. Post Malone facilitated the come down. He kicked things off by paying tribute to the late Bankroll Fresh and A$AP Yams with “Too Young.” From there he went into a set of songs including “Flex”, “Never Understood” (with the Larry June assist), “Fuck” (which is the best track off August 26th – for the record), and “#Mood.”
“#Mood” still kills me every time because it’s such a gentle, fluffy song for the haters. Post took 50 Cent’s “Window Shopper” and changed all the names to “homie.” So instead of calling out specific people like Fif did, Posty just turned the song into this ambiguous, soft diss track. Whatever, though. It’s a great record.
The most turnt point of Posty’s set was the grand finale performance of “White Iverson”. Shit popped off. People mobbed. I didn’t even know you could mob out to “White Iverson.” Apparently you can.
Photography by Sarah Jay
Twitter: @postmalone | @JazzCartier | @LarryJuneTFM