Rae Sremmurd swanged into Auckland for a one-off New Zealand club-style performance preceding the Australian FOMO Festival and NZ FOMO by Night leg; by unleashing a wilding out Friday night performance at Logan Campbell Centre and delivering party hit after party hit to the rabid and rapturous audience.
A vibed and excellently organised event, it kicked off with international (but NZ born) DJ Soraya turning up to turn out, although arriving to miss DJ Soraya’s set by mere minutes for review, check out the photos to get a feel for the introduction to an exquisite evening.
FOMO performer Carmouflage Rose was an absolute delight; this Australian rapper extraordinaire conveyed a varied performance that brought crisp elements of hip hop, rock, pop and a fully crunchy dubstep break that would have had Skrillex dropping his spectacles, let me tell ya.
Enriched by his Zimbabwean heritage and accompanied by an irresistible island beat threaded through his catalogue; Carmouflage Rose prowled around the stage, cheekily sippy-sipping from his mammoth bottle of Malibu to really get that relaxed groove. Alternatively, Carmouflage Rose got the crowd giving it the “Hell Yeah’s” and the “Fuck My Boss’s” while creating mosh pits and wall of death collisions and bringing the Rae zealous fans to a nice froth before their arrival onstage.
Carmouflage Rose’s showcase was impressive and I’m looking forward to seeing him visit Aotearoa again soon, perhaps for a headliner show in 2019? G’wan.
Then…the hypepocalyse was upon us... Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee the humble Kings of Hip Hop right now, Rae Sremmurd burst on stage with such energy that the setlist fluttered by all too quickly yet nailed every essential track I was hoping to see with the exception of Swae Lee’s Hurt To Look but that’s OK... this day one fan was exceedingly happy with the oooh must have been 20+ song set list that Rae Sremmurd gifted the Auckland audience.
Launching in with No Type and continuing on to; No Flex Zone, Perlexing Pegasus, Come Get Her, Swang, Throw Sum Mo, Black Beatles, 42, Buckets, T’Up, Sunflower the #1 song in the world right now thanks to Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse and Post Malone collaboration, Unforgettable, Guatemala and finishing with a radioactively glowing, beyond hyped rendition of Powerglide complete with steam and glitter confetti explosion to see out the evening.
A glance at the Instagram stories this morning reveals that while perhaps it wasn’t a cadence perfect performance (see those said IG stories for that, Swae Lee drops perfect free form singing and falsetto on his personal account regularly); it was thoroughly enjoyed by every single person in Logan Campbell Centre with Rae Sremmurd’s DJ cutting the track out so the roar of the crowd screaming every lyric could fill the space and in turn delight and fill up Rae Sremmurd as they celebrated and partied together dancing, sliding along the stage and enjoying their fans.
Undeniably confident in their skill and catalogue now, it was a joyous celebration of release, summer and feeling good about simply feeling good as Swae and Jxmmi both spent time in the front row hugging fans, climbing into their waiting arms; or the adorable moment that Swae grabbed a phone thrown to stage and recorded a private performance video for the lucky owner of that device… I wish it was me.
Before thanking us for sharing the night together and gaining a massive crowd wide “SREMMLIFE!” from us; Swae thanked us for “knowing every lyric and knowing [my] art.” A performance purely for the fans and not to be missed as it is doubtful Rae Sremmurd will be playing on a stage this size next visit… and I’ll be first in line for my tickets.