There was quite the congregation of white, suburb tweens last Wednesday night in Chico. No, there wasn’t a blowout sale for argyle sweaters at Kohl’s. Tyler, the Creator played The Senator Theatre, and all the kids bopped along to his graphically explicit lyrics as Tyler performed fan favorites with band mates Earl Sweatshirt, Jasper Dolphin, and Taco Bennet.
As per rap show dictum, the show started 30 or 40 minutes late. When Taco finally took the stage, the crowd was treated to a lengthy set of radio hit songs and remixes. It seemed a strange way to start a show to me, but maybe I’m just not used to the norm for hip hop performances.
Tyler, Earl, and Jasper came out to a very hyped-up crowd. Despite the atrocity that is the Senator sound system, they began the show and got the crowd moving. Instead of being a traditional opening act, Earl Sweatshirt performed songs intermittently throughout the show. His flagship track “EARL” really went off and he even played some new songs from his upcoming album. Tyler talked about Chico’s skate park, gave a shout out to Shubert’s, and insulted various fans in the front row. Tyler and Jasper even sang happy birthday to one girl, and I quote: “Happy birthday, FUCK YOU.” Insulting behavior is not abnormal, as Tyler fans welcome and sadistically cherish this type of treatment.
Tyler’s set list spanned his discography, playing songs from his newest album, Wolf (2013), such as “Tamale” and my personal favorite “Sandwitches,” off of Goblin (2011). Tyler and his crew were very vocal throughout the concert about the energy of the Chico crowd. They were constantly goading them into getting more and more rowdy. Before their final song, Tyler actually orchestrated a mosh pit, requesting the crowd to make space just so they could have room to run at each other.
When it comes down to it, Tyler put on a good show that got people excited. All present members of OFWGKTA were very interactive with the crowd and delivered an entertaining night. If I had to sum up the show in one word…GOLFWANG.