Review: Are Future, Migos worth seeing in concert?
Future has accomplished something that no other artist in music history can currently claim.
The Atlanta rapper, whose real name is Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, had two different albums debut atop the Billboard 200 on consecutive weeks. He accomplished that feat when his eponymous fifth album soared to No. 1 in February, followed seven days later by his sixth album, “Hndrxx” (pronounced Hendrix, like the famed guitarist).
Migos – the Atlanta hip-hop trio featuring vocalists Quavo, Takeoff and Offset – has also had an extraordinarily great year, with its second studio offering, “Culture,” making its entrance onto the charts at No. 1.
No wonder Future’s Nobody Safe Tour, featuring Migos as the main support act, is doing such incredible business.
That’s most definitely the case in the Bay Area, where the outing’s two dates at the 22,000-capacity Mountain View venue will collectively draw some 40,000 fans. (The first show was on June 13 and the second is set for June 15.)
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That’s a mighty impressive accomplishment for two acts that most definitely weren’t household names just a few years ago.
Future and Migos both delivered moderately enjoyable, if not all that memorable, sets during the first of the two shows.
Migos came out ready to party, delighting the fans on this cold night with ample amounts of energy and stage presence. There was a real connection between the vocalists and the crowd, which somehow managed to make this big performance space feel more intimate than expected.
However, the band could definitely use a few more good songs. But that should come with time, as Migos releases more material. The set list stretched from such early material as “Hannah Montana” (from the 2013 mixtape “Y.R.N.”) to the new “Culture.”
The Migos set had little in terms of production or props, basically just offering a small space for the three men to walk about and rap onstage. Thankfully, it was also relatively short – lasting less than an hour. Anything longer would’ve likely felt tedious at this point in the band’s career.
Future definitely had more to work with, given that he seems to drop a new album or mixtape roughly every five minutes. (Indeed, I think he just released one while I was writing that last sentence.) He also had a more impressive production, featuring video screens, laser lights and other bells and whistles.
The rapper, who appeared wearing a yellow long-sleeve shirt, white pants, sneakers and dark glasses, got off to a strong start with “Draco,” the gold-certified single from “Future.”
Often working alongside four dancers, Future greeted the crowd a few times but mainly stayed to himself as he rolled through such fan favorites as “Same Damn Time” and “Move that Dope.”
Yet, the music lost something in the translation from the studio to the live stage and felt a bit lifeless at times. The songs began to grow monotonous and the performance lacked energy for stretches
He’d end up cutting his set short, clocking in at right around 90 instead of the forecasted 105 minutes. But it still felt too long. A 75-minute offering would’ve probably been ideal.
Still, people seemed to really enjoy the show on June 13 and may even want a second helping.
Fortunately, those people can go back to the Future on June 15.
Future with Migos, more
When: 7 p.m. June 15
Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View
Tickets: $29.50-$125, www.livenation.com
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