Jiffy Lube Live is normally live, but August 9 was a leveled-up version, boosting unmatched energy and everything a music festival would, minus the long lines and unbearable crowds. Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd touched down to the Bistow, VA outdoor venue with O.T. Genasis and Lil Skies for the “Dazed and Blazed” Tour.
While the essence of “loud” – smoke and noise paired – consumed the event, so did an audience who knew the words to every song and kept their hands up the entire night; the performers made it easy. “I only came to do two things: Get high as f*ck and get drunk as f*ck,” O.T. Genasis said as soon as he got on stage to open up the show.
He had people shout out where they were from right before he started crip walking to Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s “The Next Episode” song his DJ started playing to pay homage to his Long Beach, Calif. hometown.
There were a few sound issues he ended up stopping the show for, but it was all in love as everyone waited for resolve. The rapper took a seat on the speakers that lined the stage and started talking with his fans like he knew them. Somebody from production brought him some water, but his comrade appeared shortly after with a red in which you could assume its substance, especially considering his opening statement. It was party time. Once the sound was back at quality level, OTG went into the “CoCo” song he performed with the help of a turned up fan he pulled from crowd and closed out with “Cut It.”
Lil Skies was up next. He started his set dancing in the photographers’ pit before hopping on stage and proved not to be afraid of fans as he ventured back down there two more times in between his slot to perform “Lust.” He went on to perform “Strictly Business,” Creeping,” “I Know You,” “Nowadays,”Red Roses” and more, setting a good tone for Rae Sremmurd’s turn.
Unlike O.T. Genasis and Lil Skies who performed in front of a black curtain, Rae Sremmurd had an elaborate, hazy set dressed up with a Brinks truck, palm trees and flamingos. Impressive.
Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee started off shirtless in summertime-comfy fashion and with their chart-topping single, “No Type.” Then, went on to perform more hits like “No Flex Zone,” “Brxnks Truck,” “Unforgettable,” “Sativa” and “Black Beatles.”
Since first emerging to the music scene nationally in 2013 with Mike WiLL Made-It’s support and their first album single, “No Flex Zone” (2014), the brother duo has gone on to produce and write for others, plus released three albums of their own – all of which they ran through this night with the same spirit and hustle they had when they first started, except this time they were all grown up. To see their transition was was like watching the babies you knew down the street graduate from college.
One cool thing about Jiffy Lube Live is the spacing. Peep this: Large standing room in the front, elevated arena-style seats with huge aisles in the back, and a grassy hill open for chilling behind that. It was the perfect amount of room for the erratic movement the night’s hip-hop and libations inspired. Pretty sure marijuana is still illegal in Virginia, but that didn’t stop concert-goers and the artists from sparking up, too. Nothing less was expected though, as the tour name stands as a play on recreational usage.
For Wiz Khalifa, it was a natural vibe. His on-stage presence was lit and just as chill as his demeanor off stage. Like, chill-it (chill and lit). Additionally, his “Dazed and Blazed” caged stage decor seemed to be a reflection his new muay thai hobby, but that’s unconfirmed.
You know how you’re going up a roller coaster and it pauses at the top before you hear the big thud? That’s how Wiz’s set opened. And with a video intro on the big screen. “The Kid Frankie” was one of the first songs he performed, and early on, paid tribute via big screen visuals to his fellow Pittsburgh rapper Jimmy Wapo who was shot to death on June 18, 2018.
Though in Virginia, Wiz made sure to rep his hometown Steelers with a black and yellow fitted cap and rapped songs including “Blue Hunnids”, “Goin Hard” and more – the perfect combination to end a perfect summer night. If you’re a true fan and can take the smoke, this tour is for you.
“Dazed & Blazed” tour stops ahead include:
Aug. 10 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Aug. 11 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Aug. 12 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Aug. 14 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Aug. 15 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
Aug. 16 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Aug. 17 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Aug. 21 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Aug. 23 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug. 24 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
Aug. 25 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
Aug. 26 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
Aug. 29 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Aug. 30 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
If you missed it or don’t have plans to see the next, play along and live through the live photos taken by Arturo Holmes (@artugraphiq) below!