After announcing his deal with RCA Records and releasing his second studio album “My Own Lane” back in January of this year, as well as his short stint in Europe during the summer, the Californian “Show Me” rapper Kid Ink embarked on his “My Own Lane” European Tour, with the 02 Academy in Birmingham being his 38th stop.
The sell out crowd gave a fantastic reception to supporting act Fekky, a London-based rapper who blew up the internet after the “Still Sittin’ Here” track released with Dizzee Rascal, but this took nothing away from the anticipation for the headliner, who’s calm and calculated entrance onto the stage was met by a roar of excitement from fans, as he opened with “The Movement”, the second track from his latest album.
Undoubtedly, with the founding of Tha Alumni Music Group and Alumni Clothing, Kid Ink has created a movement, as do most rapper nowadays. However, this movement runs deeper than image, as the majority of those in attendance were rapping along to tracks from his 2012 project “Up & Away”, which played an important role in the growth of his career.
The work ethic present in Kid Ink is more than evident, and he’s not only been well received by the Hip Hop community, but also the wider chart scene too, most likely thanks to his ability to create such infectious singles such as “Money and the Power”, “Main Chick” & Show Me”, the latter which was welcomed with unbearable screams in the crowd as he drew towards the end of the show. The gig wrapped up with the latest single to come out of Kid Ink’s camp, “Body Language” featuring R&B legend, Usher, which is supposedly the first single off his next studio album, due to be released next year.
After being so far into his tour however, it’s understandable that Kid Ink may have been feeling it, which perhaps explains the apparent lack of vigorous energy you would expect to see at a Hip Hop concert, or perhaps that’s just his laid back personality! Either way, he was consistent, and you can’t deny that he did give fans quite a performance, and it was great to see him engaging with them during and after the show too, jumping off the stage and signing everything from snapbacks to iPhone cases. You should expect to see a lot more from Kid Ink, as it feels like he’s only getting started.[review]
You Can Check Out Our Interview With Kid Ink at Wireless Festival 2014 Here