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Event Recap: Generation Laser Tour featuring Lupe Fiasco, Big Sean, Miguel and Tinie Tempah (Philly)

The Generation Laser Tour featuring: Tinie Tempah, Miguel, Big Sean and of course, Lupe Fiasco made a stop at the Mann Center in Philly this past weekend. Despite the brisk weather, fans from the area still came out to support their favorite artist.The first opening act was Tinie Tempah, a new artist from London.
It's safe to say that not too many fans in the audience were familiar with his music so, Tinie Tempah knew that he had to go through his string of hits and well known songs with a mixture of familiar vibes to keep the party going. He performed one of his hit records, “Frisky," and also performed the Wiz Khalifa-assisted track “Till I’m Gone”; he made sure that everything was involved and energetic.

Next up was Miguel. Before he hit the stage, the ladies were screaming for him! He opened up with "Pay Me," an up-tempo dance track that had the crowd moving. His mic stand was what caught my attention -- it was like a light saver from Star Wars; cool stuff! He then performed a quick cover of Kanye West's "All of the Lights." Then his band broke into, "All I Want is You," and it sounded amazing! Definitely one of my favorites of the night. He also performed "Quickie," and "Sure Thing."

Big Sean was next on the roster. I always love going to a Big Sean show because he's so animated and performs will his energy level at 100%. Finally Famous was one of my favorite albums of the summer so I was excited to hear my favorites off the album live. He performed "Living this Life," "Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay," "Dance (A$$)," "My Last," "High," "Don't Tell me You Love Me," and a few other fan favorites. Another reason why I like watching Big Sean perform is for his hilarious stories. He started talking about his grandmother and how she told him to pull his pants up while he was performing for the MTV VMA's. One thing you can tell about him, is that he loves his family and it seems like they've supported him since day one.

After a brief intermission, the man of the hour hit the stage. Lupe Fiasco was equipped with a full band and back-up singers. You can tell they all have a lot of fun on stage with him, which is all that matters at the end of the day.  It seemed like a good percentage of the fans there were huge fans of Big Sean so I was honestly a little worried about what Lupe’s overall reception would be after that performance. With a huge red lit capital letter "A" dominating center stage and his band (complete with a violinist, drummer, and 3 female background singers) surrounding him on stage, Lupe took us on a journey through his hip-hop story. Lupe performed some of his radio-popular hits like "Out of my Head," and "The Show Goes On", to throwbacks like "Kick, Push," "The Cool," and "Hip-Hop Saved My Life," Lupe performed an effortlessly tireless 55 min set. He also performed a few other fan favorites like "Touch the Sky," "Coming Up," and "All Black Everything." Bouncing from one end of the stage to the other, Lupe commanded the crowd in a display of how long he really has been doing this.  
Overall, the Generation Lasers Tour event at the Mann Center was truly a great show. The lineup flowed well, and the crowd was energetic despite the cold weather.

Photos & Video of Big Sean Courtesy of Ajon Brodie.

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