20 year old R&B singer and Oakland native Kehlani is quickly establishing herself as one of the industry’s youngest artists climbing the charts. Her career began with PopLyfe on America’s Got Talent in 2011. Then, Lani lived couch to couch and now the songstress is having sold out shows and headlining her first tour. Parrish attracted lots of attention with the success of Cloud 19; and now You Should Be Here. This was also her first show being live streamed by Communly.com
I went to by myself, mostly because my friends didn’t know who she was when tickets were on sale. I arrived to the venue at 4, assuming there was a long line… I was right. Doors did not open till 7, so a majority of the Tsunami Mob were getting roasted by the sun — while others brought chairs and umbrellas, along with food and drinks. Some fans arrived as early as noon because Will Call opened at 3. So to pass time, I made small talk with those sitting near me.
Around 5, security roamed the crowd asking if anyone wanted to buy VIP passes to meet Kehlani. I jokingly said “me”. People were giving me that “Are you serious?” look.
Everyone who purchased VIP was allowed early entry and she is someone who inspires me, so I said why not. Anxiety took over while waiting in line and I became starstruck. On Tuesday night, The Fader announced she would be on the cover for the 2015 August & September issue, so I spent my night reading her article; thinking I would not meet her the next day.
This show started around 8:30 and Ambré Perkins was the first opener, performing a short set. She then came back out with Kehlani to perform “Preach“. Next up was Marc E. Bassy, an R&B singer from LA. Some songs he performed included “Lock It Up”, “Subway Car” and “Some Things Never Change“. Pell had the longest set of the openers, consisting of about 6 or 7 songs. His stage presence is similar to Chance, The Rapper.
People became impatient waiting. But Noodles came out to hype them for the Tsunami God, Kehlani. At 9:30, she arrived and the crowd went wild. Jahaan Sweet was on the keys. Her set featured a mix of Cloud 19 and YSBH. Every track performed incorporated fantastic choreography to complement her raspy and raw voice. Some notable artists stopped by; those being her big brothers, Wale & G-Eazy and Super Duper Kyle. She preached a lot of inspiration into the mob and we all walked away with valuable advice.
To sum up my experience: life-changing and motivating. I’m definitely seeing her again. Jump on and ride the wave with the mob.