It’s Grammy time and Saturday night (2/9/13) rapper/pop artist, B.o.B. gave an electrifying pre-Grammy performance to a packed house at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, CA. Trinidad James was the opening act and was a definite crowd-pleaser.
Trinidad is a lively character. The Trinidad bred, Atlanta raised rapper commanded the stage immediately with his funny-boy swagger. Wearing a sweet black and white ensemble with sunglasses and headband to boot, his gold teeth shined brightly as the crowd jumped up and down and rapped along to his one-hour set. He commanded the stage with his anthem, “All Gold Everything,” “One More Molly” and other songs from his Def Jam debut, “Don’t Be S.A.F.E.” Even though the songs started to sound alike, that didn't seem to bother the frenzied crowd who knew every word of them. Rapper Problem made an unexpected appearance and held his own with Trinidad, who looks like a young Jimi Hendrix.
By the time B.o.B hit the stage, the audience was primed for what was to come. The Atlanta raised, Grammy nominated rapper, didn't disappoint. Against the backdrop of a light show featuring green and blue hues with fluffy images on a screen behind him, B.o.B. seamlessly went from his hard-core, mix-tape rap rhymes to the pop songs (“Nothing On You” Featuring Bruno Mars/“Airplanes,” featuring Haley Williams of Paramore) that have made him a mainstream success the world over.
T.I. surprised the audience when he joined B.o.B. onstage in an unassuming hoodie. When T.I. took off the hoodie to reveal who he really was the crowd went wild. In addition to the T.I. surprise, B.o.B. had no problem trusting the audience. He frequently jumped off the stage to crowd surf and often stood on the barrier in front the stage as adoring fans of all races and ages egged him on.
This was definitely one show that rocked the house hard. I don't think any one left disappointed.