We have been following this newly rising rap legend from the start. From selling mix tapes out his backpack on campus, to playing shows at Republic (then making stops on tour for Throwback Night at Republic), to coming back to sell out first the Joy Theater, then the Orpheum Theater after adding more tickets. His stage design for this tour, theatrical and realistic, was also modeled after his New Orleans lifestyle with the center piece being a replica of "The Saint," G's favorite 5am whisky drinking spot.
During his performance of "Everything Will Be Okay" he spoke about coming back to New Orleans, where it all started. It's been rumored that G only plays the song for performances and venues he considers to have sentimental value- opening night of tour, in New York when his mom and brother (who the song was written for) were present, New Orleans, his current hometown of LA, and at his San Francisco show. The performance spoke for itself, at the end speaking of how he wish he would have know back then that everything was going to be okay and being able to come back to his college town to sell out massive venues. Gerald got down on one knee and actual tears began to flow from his eyes as he looked around the room.
After his dramatic exit, he came back within minutes for an encore with his two biggest hits as of now, "I Mean It" and "Me, Myself, and I." To top off the night, when he emerged from his in-stage-quick-change room for his encore, he appeared in a jersey representing the famous New Orleans Saints', Drew Brees #9. What else could we have wanted for a New Orleans show?
With this being the first time one of his tours has officially stopped in New Orleans, we hope this one woo-ed his team enough to continue bringing it back home- where it all started.
photos and story by Rebecca Reece- fully copyrighted.