Rapper Kid Ink, who has one the hottest singles playing on the radio right now, "Show Me" featuring Chris Brown, rolled through Cleveland (Ohio) Wednesday night. Playing to a sold-out crowd on his "My Own Lane" Tour. Selling out venues on the tour has become the norm, with fans traveling quite a diststance to get a glimps of the young rapper. Ink wanting to expand his fan base and promote his new album, announced a 21 city tour back in February that included both U.S. and Canada. Dates for his European Tour were released this week and tickets are now on sale.
After Bizzy Crook and King Los, the show's openers, performed there seemed to be a longer than usual intermission and the crowd became a little restless repeatedly chanting "Kid Ink" as they waited.
Once Kid Ink made his way to the stage, all was forgiven. Donning gear from his clothing line, Alumni Clothing, Ink proceeded to give fans an impressive high energy show- from the begining to the end. Ink was very interactive with the fans and kept them in a hyped-up state, as he performed a good mix of new and older material.
Kid Ink, who is currently signed to RCA records, was interested in music from an early age. As a teenager he participated in after-school music programs learning about record production. After working in the industry as a producer himself, Ink decided to try rapping. Releasing a few mixtapes underground that gained him an impressive following. In 2012 Kid Ink released his first independent album "Up & Away" that reached #2 On the Billboards Rap chart. Ink would find even more success once he released his second studio album "My Own Lane," that birthed the hits "Iz U Down", "Main Chick," and the platinum hit "Show Me." The album had a pretty good show selling over 50,000 units in the first week.
The hype surrounding the heavily tattooed rapper is real and his stamina while on stage is quite impressive. There was some interaction with fans during the show, but not too much. Talking was kept to a minimum, while Ink focused on giving fans a quality performance. The most interaction with the crowd came towards the end of the show while performing the songs "Main Chick", "Show Me," and "Time of your Life." A shirtless Kid Ink told fans that he didnt think they were "turnt up" enough and proceeded to jump down into the pit. No doubt giving fans in the front, the "time of their lives." Before leaving the stage, Ink again jumped down into the pit, this time, it was to autograph items for fans that included sneakers and hats as the remix of "Show Me" played in the background. For more information on remaining dates on the "My Lane Tour" be sure to check Kid Ink's media page.
April 1st Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
April 2nd Seattle, WA Neptune
April 4th San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
April 6th Hollywood, CA House Of Blues Sunset
April 7th San Diego, CA House Of Blues
April 8th Riverside, CA Riverside Municipal Auditorium
April 13th New Orleans, LA House Of Blues New Orleans
April 16th Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
April 18th Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore Silver Spring
April 19th Boston, MA House of Blues
April 20th New York, NY Irving Plaza
April 22nd Philadelphia, PA TLA
April 23rd Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
April 25th Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
April 27th Indianapolis, IN Deluxe at Old National Center
April 30th Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
May 1st Toronto, Canada The Phoenix
May 2nd Chicago, IL House Of Blues
May 24th Dallas, TX House of Blues
May 25th Houston, TX House of Blues
May 31st Cincinnati, OH Bogart's