Saturday, July 7 in Detroit at the Baltimore Art Gallery: a crowd of about 50 showed up to support local artist 2State in celebration of his new album PIPED.

The event was scheduled to take place from 8pm – 12am at the venue located just beyond Woodward Ave on E. Baltimore St. Upon arrival there was a small crowd gathered outside for a video shoot and with that it was only a small glimpse of the night to come.

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(Outside the Baltimore Art Gallery)
(Clips of video footage being taken for 2State’s upcoming video)

Before the show began you were welcomed into the building with the smell of freshly made food and a choice of drink. There was merchandising available for purchase and the dj was warming the crowd up with popular radio songs.

Just before 10pm the show began.

There was much energy in the room from both the audience and the performers. It was made clear from the opening song down to the last that there is a solid fan base and family support of the artists there. In any spot of the venue, whether you stepped out to the bathroom or was right there by the stage, you could hear some people screaming the lyrics as though they wrote the songs themselves and others screaming words of encouragement ending with “yasss nephew! you go!”

Only two breaks occurred in the show. Once when rapper 2State wanted to speak and give acknowledgment to those who support him and a moment of silence for his uncle and then again when an iPhone turned up missing (but was quickly found).

To say the least the night was filled with pure entertainment from pure talent. The night was 2Live.

 

More about the artist:

2State has performed at many events including Imported from the D and the Friday Night Cypher hosted by 107.5s DJBJ. His album PIPED is available on all streaming platforms. I listened on iTunes, here’s the link

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/piped/1404395435

Album cover

Also! Follow his personal page on Instagram @2statemeech and his fan page @2statefanpage for updates on new music and events.

 

Jhené Aiko returned to Detroit on June 9 to perform at Chene Park for their Summer Weekends event. Unlike many of her performances in more intimate settings the venue held 6,000 (5,000 seats and 1,000 in lawn spaces) and every spot seemed to be filled.

Due to a delay with transportation I missed Yuna and Ro James who were the opening acts. However, I arrived just as Jhené was taking the plant adorned stage. Dressed in an all white pants outfit she started her performance with the intro from her latest album Trip, which was released in September 2017.

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                        (  From Jhené Aiko’s Instagram )

From there the Neo-Soul, R&B singer gave us a few of her throwback tracks and songs she was featured on with other artists such as Drake (“From Time”) and Omarion (“Post to Be”). She sang, danced, told us stories and even spit a couple bars for us when she performed her song “Stay Ready” from her EP Sail Out. The song features Kendrick Lamar, who in his usual sure fire way, gives a verse about the sweetness of a relationship. Because Lamar wasn’t there Jhené executed it like it was her own.

The show was carried out seamlessly only pausing for a moment when Ms. Aiko stopped to do a “boob check” asking (assumably) her stylist to make sure she wasn’t having an outfit malfunction. Something that actually had been a problem when she performed here at the Big Show at the Joe a few years back.

As the show was closing, like many in the crowd, I held my breath hoping for a surprise appearance from Detroit’s own Big Sean. Sean, a rapper and G.O.O.D Music artist is also the boyfriend of Jhené. We did not leave disappointed. Sure enough Sean came out and performed two songs with Jhené. Overall, the concert was very chill and enjoyable. Jhené seemed to connect with everyone in the crowd and it was all good vibes.

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 (Google Search = Jhené and Big Sean Chene Park. **Rolling Out, Anterlon Photography)

If you aren’t familiar with her music and you’re looking for music you can just sit back and maybe smoke one to (if that’s your thing) you should definitely look her up. Jhené is a genuine artist who gives you her all on every track. I recommend starting with her EP Sail Out and listening up to her last album Trip. It all flows together and your time will not be wasted.