T.I. and Joe Budden got together to put on a show at NYCâ€™s Best Buy Theatre in Times Square. It was part of the MetroPCS 5 Boro Tour, which already featured Kendrick Lamar and will continue into April.
Last Thursday,Â March 7th, T.I. and Joe Budden joined forces to put on a show at New York Cityâ€™s Best BuyÂ Theater in Times Square. It was a crazy night as the North and South teamed up to deliver a memorable show. Each rapper is currentlyÂ coming off a recent studio album and the crowd was eager to hear all the new hits, as well as old. T.I. just released his eighth studio album Trouble ManÂ and Joe Budden has been riding high with his recent release ofÂ No Love Lost. In addition, his group Slaughterhouse, released their debut album Welcome To Our HouseÂ this past summer. With all of that hype surrounding the concert, the fans were buzzing as soon as they stampeded through the big glass doors of theÂ theater.
Hot 97â€™s DJ Spynfo opened up the night and got the crowd warmed up for DJ Cipha Sounds. After playing a slew of current hits, Joe Budden blazed his way on stage in a puff of smoke and immediately dived into â€śTop Of The Worldâ€ť. It was a great way to start the show as the track showed off Buddenâ€™s spitfire, lyrical ways. After that, Joey jumped into his banger â€śN.B.A.â€ť and the crowd couldnâ€™t wait to chant the chorus as Budden and his hype man sang in tune on stage. Itâ€™s always a pleasure to witness greatness up close, and Budden certainly lived up to all of the hype. Always energetic, Joe had to kick it up another notch and shocked the crowd with a special surprise. About half way through, Slaughterhouse in all their glory took the stage to perform their summer hit â€śHammerdanceâ€ť.
After closing out his set with â€śBump It Upâ€ť, the hit that made him a house-hold name, FunkMasterFlex took hold of the DJ table and kept the energy flowing. After performing for a bit and keeping the crowd hyped up, it was finally time to see The King. Traveling straight from the A, the New York crowd couldnâ€™t wait to see this rap legend in person. There was an electric feeling throughout the sold-out Â venue as T.I.P.Â smoothlyÂ strolled his way out onto theÂ stage. As he reached the middle of the stage, the â€śTop Backâ€ť instrumental kicked in through the speakers and immediately lit a spark. The adrenaline was pumping as the famous Mannie Fresh beat pounded through the arena.
He then transitioned into his classicÂ â€śRubber Band Manâ€ť track,Â as fans re-lived the past days of Tip. It was definitely special to hear that historic single inÂ 2013.Â He continued down his never ending list of hits with â€śWhatever You Likeâ€ť, â€śBallâ€ť, â€ś24â€™sâ€ť â€śLive Your Lifeâ€ť and also brought out Juicy J to perform â€śStill In This Bitchâ€ť, while Tiny danced on the side. Before he left though, T.I. made sure that Juicy JÂ played his hit â€śBands A Make Her Danceâ€ť. Juicy J, always one to bring the energy, jumped into the crowd to perform his song. T.I. kept saying throughout the show, "I'm the King bitch!,â€ť and he definitely proved it's true throughout the show. He had too many hits to perform and the show unfortunately had to end by 11 PM, but no one was left unsatisfied. He said goodbye to New York and went out with his anthem â€śWhat You Know.â€ť
Check out photos from the event in the gallery above.