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Review: Tinie Tempah, iSquare & Azad Right at The Key Club

June 4th, 2011 by | Concert/Festival Review, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, Reviews |

Last night I saw a fun sample/remix filled show with four varied acts which consisted of Azad Right, Rob Roy (ugh), iSquare and the UK hip-hop superstar, Tinie Tempah. This show took place at The Key Club in Los Angeles. Here’s my review:

After getting to know Azad Right much better during our pre-performance interview before his 1st hip-hop show, I was really looking forward to hearing the new songs he mentioned he was going to try out on the crowd. Azad Right is a poet but you wouldn’t even know it… sorry I had to rhyme while I got your time.

Anyway, Azad Right was an excellent opener as he got the crowd fairly pumped with his variety of hip-hop from electronic and pop based beats to the Coldplay-sampled “Spiderwebs”. He got a few other artists in his team to get on stage which actually hurt his performance when two other artists/friends of his lip-synced and overall didn’t do anything on stage. However when he busted out an acapella freestyle for about 30 seconds with the DJ eventually dropping a dope beat without interrupting his freestyle, that’s when the crowd got pumped up again. Finishing with his hit song, “Spiderwebs” was a perfect choice as it got the crowd real pumped for the next act. This was my 2nd favorite song he performed (the freestyle was the best!).
Azad Right – A.Z.A.D (Prod. by Jonathan Marquez)
Next came Rob Roy. As someone once told me, if you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything at all. I have absolutely nothing good to say about Rob Roy so let’s just move on.

iSquare hopped on stage next. This pop/hip-hop/R&B group is the 2nd coming of Black Eyed Peas. Seriously they know how to pump up a crowd! Even though all but 1 or 2 songs was a remix/sample to some popular artist like Journey, they still killed it by being fun, engaging and performing catchy tunes. The choreographed dance was a bit much as the stage didn’t seem to quite fit how good their dancing could have been. Overall iSquare is one talented group and it’s only a matter of time until Interscope Records invests some more money in marketing them to stardom. Below is “Hey Sexy Lady”, unfortunately their only memorable song but easily a mainstream radio hit.
iSquare Hey Sexy Lady
Lastly came Tinie Tempah. This show went quicker than I though so when he came on stage fairly early, I figured his set would be at least 30 minutes. However Tinie Tempah only gave us about 20 minutes of great music. I have too many favorites from Tinie and don’t remember a song I didn’t like as he got the crowd pumped with his electronic, pop and rock based hip-hop. Mostly I remember jumping up and down, bobbing my head and throwing my hands in the air to just about every song. Below is two of my favorites he performed, “Pass Out” and “Miami 2 Ibiza” which samples Swedish House Mafia. Plus I added a recent Tinie Tempah song that we haven’t blogged about yet and features Wiz Khalifa.
Tinie Tempah – Miami 2 Ibiza (feat. Swedish House Mafia)
Tinie Tempah – Til Im Gone feat Wiz Khalifa
Tinie Tempah – Pass Out
Overall I would give this show a 4 out of 5 as three out of four artists did a great job and the music kept getting better and better, minus act #2, Rob Roy. Azad Right showed he can rock a big stage and get the crowd pumped, iSquare showed that once they have more original music, they can easily headline venues like these, and Tinie Tempah brought the house down with his fun party hip-hop.

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