Tyler, the Creator and Vince Staples at the Midland

On February 7, 2018, Vince Staples and Tyler, the Creator made a stop by Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland as part of their joint tour. This is my first time attending the a concert at this venue, and it did not disappoint. The show started with an enjoyable DJ set by Taco as the crowd got settled in. He simply played hip hop hits of the last decade, but it was exactly what was needed to get the crowd excited for what was to come. After Taco got done, it was Vince’s turn to perform. He came out and gave a pretty energetic show, playing alot from his newest album, Big Fish Theory, while also adding performances of a few of the top hits from his past works.  His set also included a few political jabs as well, as he worn a bulletproof vest and played clips of television news stations between songs. Some of the best songs performed in my opinion were “745”, “Lift Me Up”, and “Bagbak.” The crowd just went wild for these. Really the only criticism i had of his performance was when he played “Love can be,” as it failed to bring anything to the table in terms of entertainment for the audience. Overall, I was pleased. 

As for the headliner, Tyler, the Creator did not disappoint. He had the stage set to the theme of his most recent album, Flower Boy, as it displayed a forest setting with plenty of plants and two gigantic prop trees. He started the show off with a few songs off the aforementioned album, and then started interacting more with the crowd, while also playing more songs off his old albums, before finishing the show with more tracks off Flower Boy. Tyler’s set was full of small interludes and small comedy bits between songs. The interludes showed the more personal and intimate meanings of the show, while the songs showed the wild side of Tyler. I also found it very impressive how he was able to switch the mood throughout the show with such ease. The comedy sets, on the other hand, did a great job of getting the crowd more involved and entertained while feeling more connected to Tyler. He even brought out Jasper with a broken foot mid show. Overall, his performance, and the concert as a whole, was an entertaining one and I was left very satisfied by it all. The Midland was a good venue for the size of crowd in attendance, and I definitely want to attend more shows in the future.

By: Daniel Lopez

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