Giggs, UEA LCR, Norwich, music review: The packed-out venue bounced without rest for the entire performance
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In just over a week UEA has been graced by one of the UK's biggest grime stars in Stormzy and one of the UK's hottest rap acts. After being prevented from doing shows without police interference for years, South London rapper Giggs brought his Landlord tour to Norwich last night.
The sold-out show did everything to live up to our expectations of the one of the UK's veterans and founders of the rap game in London. There was a huge amount of social media buzz surrounding the performance - especially after Giggs appeared on stage at a number of Drake's recent shows. This buzz only heightened with sightings of Giggs in Chapelfield shopping centre on Wednesday buying Tinie Tempah's album.
But even though expectations were sky high, Giggs' show more than lived up to the hype. Landlord was arguably one of the best albums of 2016 and he proved once again why he's at the forefront of the UK rap scene.
The show started with great vibes from support acts such as Toronto rapper Pressa and Giggs' fellow SN1 rapper Joe Grind. And DMO warmed up the crowd in a way not many other DJs could, spinning grime and rap hit after hit - there was no better way to prepare for Giggs.
Once Giggs came on stage, however, it was all about him and the presence of one of the UK's rap legends surged throughout the crowd. The packed-out venue bounced without rest for the entire performance. Well known songs from his new album such as Lock Doh played alongside his old school classics such as Talkin the Hardest and Look What the Cat Dragged in.
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He also performed well-known songs he's featured on alongside other huge stars from the rap and grime scene, such as Man Don't Care by JME and KMT by Drake. Each song got a reaction from the crowd which was so high in energy and love that it's hard to put into words.
A mention also has to go out to his closing song, Whippin Excursion, which perhaps prompted one of the biggest and craziest reactions from a crowd the LCR has ever seen. Anyone who didn't attend this show has missed out on something truly special. Giggs showed exactly why he's not only one of the best on the scene but also one of the legends of the genre.
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