The influential Chicago rapper makes a rare live appearance at the Nexus Social Lounge.
This past Saturday night, rap fans from all over the city flocked downtown for the “HIT WAY HOLIDAY FEST,” presented by Hitway Recordings. Held at the Nexus Social Lounge and guest-hosted by Leah, Cliché, and Boxxquiat, the concert featured an increasingly rare live performance by Chief Keef, a rapper best known for groundbreaking singles such as “I Don’t Like,” and “Love Sosa,” as well as a history of finding himself in trouble with the law.
Located on the fringes of Downtown Los Angeles, hidden amongst the no man’s land between Little Tokyo and Skid Row, the Nexus Social Lounge is a cannabis-friendly venue featuring a dab bar and a plethora of culture followers lighting up as they were treated to an undercard consisting of up-and-coming rappers such as Xavier Wulf, Chris King, Cuban Savage, Duwap Kaine, Thouxanban Fauni, and many more. The heads continued bobbing in between with DJ sets from DJ’s Fish Narc, Quincy, Gem, Nuglife, and Peyote.
For a concert headlined by a rapper outlawed from performing in his own city due to a paranoia linked to his former gang ties, the audience at the Social Lounge remained quite mellow. Although, at one point, the crowd did become a little overzealous and the promoters stopped the performance, so they can urge the audience to step away from the stage, there was no fighting or incident of violence. And the only reason the audience stormed the stage in the first place was because the performers were constantly tossing out vape pens and bags of weed into the crowd. But honestly, who doesn’t get a little worked up over free mary jane?
Chief Keef delivered a raucous set which touched on classics spanning across his discography including dope jams such as “Earned It,” and “Faneto.” When the audience wasn’t mosh-pitting, they were rapping along to every word. It was a lit set from the grandfather of Soundcloud Rap, whose influence can still be felt all throughout today’s rap scene.
Hitway Records in a music production studio located in the heart of Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard. They also specialize in throwing fire parties all across the city headlined by some of the biggest names in hip-hop. Follow their Instagram @Hitwayrecordings for the next dope event.