Blxst is a rising star in the worlds of Hip-Hop and R’n’B, with his melodic flows and varied production. He has attracted a dedicated fan base due to the success of tracks like ‘Chosen,’ and collaborations with Kendrick Lamar and Fireboy DML. He continued his European tour at the O2 Institute in Birmingham. This was his first time back in the second city since Wireless Festival this summer.
The queue outside was packed and the room was filled, showing Blxst has an audience in the U.K. After this show, it only got larger. The support act Scribz Riley started off the night well, bringing a confident aura and top-notch vocals. He brought a good variation, whether on the jazzy and sentimental ‘East Side‘ or the hip-hop-influenced new single ‘Satisfied.’ He ended proceedings with the ballad ‘Mandy,’ bringing a soulful message and an instrumental with influences from trap, afrobeats, and even acoustic. There was plenty of enthusiasm in the crowd, including a man in the crowd from Newham. Scribz Riley provided a good performance and showed potential to blow up in the future.
After the tour DJ got the crowd hyped with music from Drake, Rema, and Bryson Tiller, the main man arrived. Blxst started things off well and was introduced after an interlude from the backing singer. She must be noted, as her vocals were on point throughout. ‘Gang Slide‘ brought the smooth summery vibes, while songs in the vein of ‘Be Forreal‘ brought the slick hip-hop flows. This variety kept things interesting, showing he is a multifaceted talent with music from his two studio albums.
What made the show work as well, was his interactions with the crowd and stage presence. This allowed for a deeper connection with the crowd and you could see they appreciated it. The visuals were also of note, bringing bright colours and images. These were not only visually pleasing but matched the themes of each track.
Sitting down, he gave an emotional performance of ‘Fake Love In LA,’ bringing a smooth-autotuned delivery to a west coast sound. This vibe continued with the ballad ‘Pick Your Poison,’ showing off his deeper voice, and the more stripped-back ‘Hurt.’ The latter also allowed the backing singer to hit the high notes. This highlighted her importance to the show and the impact of the music.
The more hip-hop-orientated cuts had the crowd moving such as the head bobbing ‘Couldn’t Wait for It,’ or the mellow, and tropical ‘Every Good Girl.’ One of the big moments of the night was ‘About You‘ which was a love song he dedicated to a fan. The crowd were loving it and sang along and cheered at the top of their lungs at the end. ‘Overrated‘ was also a moment, as Blxst and the backing singer, sang to one another. The fans were fully engaged, singing very well over the smooth R’n’B production.
To end the set, we got the big hitters like the party anthem ‘Wait Too Long‘ by rapper Buddy and his feature on ‘Die Hard.’ The song by Kendrick Lamar has been responsible for building his fanbase and the crowd knew every word. The night concluded with Blxst’s breakout hit in the U.K. ‘Chosen,’ with the reaction showing the fans’ love for the song. He may have left, but chants of 1 more song, saw him come back to perform ‘Forever Humble,’ before telling the crowd to get home safe.
Judging by the reactions, this was a performance that left people very happy. He had a great variety of music styles and his vocals were on point throughout. The backing singer was great and elevated the overall show’s quality. Blxst clearly has a fan base who will ride for him. And with performances like this, he’s bound to get a fair few new ones.