Tyler, The Creator and Co. At Madison Square Garden [Concert Review]

Freddie Fine

Tyler, The Creator’s Call Me If You Get Lost tour was undoubtedly the best concert I have ever witnessed. It was so much more than a concert, each act truly putting on their own explosive show. From Teezo Touchdown’s TV sketch, to Vince Staples’ light show, to Kali Uchis’ choreographed dancing, to Tyler’s overall incredible set, there was no moment that wasn’t of the utmost entertainment.

Teezo set it off with a DIY design for his DIY sound. “Heavy Metal Only” was taken to new heights, both literally and figuratively as Teezo and his co-host climbed a ladder throughout the 20 minute set. The only negative of his set was that it wasn’t longer – he was only able to perform a handful of songs.

Vince Staples followed this up on the other end of the arena, moseying across a ramp in a very Vince style – extremely casually. He got the crowd all amped up, performing hits from his recent self titled album and latest single “Magic” featuring Mustard, while saving some love for “Norf Norf” and “Big Fish.” An insane LED light show was almost too distracting yet undoubtedly made for legendary photos.

Amidst the spectacular dancing that was Kali Uchis and her four backup dancers was hit after hit after hit. She set it off with “Dead To Me” and it just went up from there, performing many tracks off of Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios), before ending emphatically with “Telepatía.” For everyone that was up and dancing, it was all around an amazing time. For the 95% of people in my section that decided to sit, shame on you.

Last but not least was a true Broadway Musical. Tyler, The Creator pulled out every last trick in the book to accomplish his impeccable set. He began by rising to the stage in a Rolls Royce, rapping out the sunroof with a huge blue mansion behind him. An “interlude” of sorts saw him take a literal boat ride through the middle of the pit amidst an epic beat drop for “WUSYANAME.” If that wasn’t good enough, when he arrived at the other side he performed a mashup of his older work, from “She” to “SMUCKERS” to “Bimmer,” covering his biggest hits prior to Flower Boy. A star studded attendance of Rex Orange County, Omar Apollo, A$AP Rocky, and more sadly did not bring any guest performances, however, in retrospect, I am glad I was able to appreciate just Tyler for 90 minutes. “Who Dat Boy” and “NEW MAGIC WAND” got the crowd moshing like nothing else – even from the assigned seats people were jumping up and down. It was a show like no other by a human like no other.

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