By far, it’s the smokiest show since “The Chronic,” and it’s off and running to a great start in 2011. The “Smokers Club Tour” made an early stop at Best Buy Theater on Broadway in Manhattan over the weekend, to a mostly packed house that was treated to haze-infused performances by tour returnees Big K.R.I.T., Curren$y, and Smoke DZA. The tour still has many cities left to blaze, and also includes a surprising visit from a seasoned toker, Wu-Tang’s Method Man, along with Fiend, Mac Miller, and others along the way.
In 2010, AllHipHop.com was at the New York Smokers Club Tour stop at Santos Party House to introduce much of the mainstream Hip-Hop world to an underground legend in the making named Big K.R.I.T. The Def Jam artist, signed last summer by label exec Sha Money XL, announced that his pushed back studio album, Live From The Underground, will make its debut on February 9, 2012. Big K.R.I.T., multitalented rapper, producer, and good guy was as good as ever this year, holding the crowd in a trance at Best Buy while he spit old and new flavor from the mixtapes that helped propel him to the spotlight:
Curren$y, backed by Jay-Z’s former other half Dame Dash, brought his standard lyricism and smoke-flavored, soulful grooves to the stage. Only this time around, he was noticeably disabled from his typical energetic stage show, sporting a navy plaster cast with white stars on his leg, the result of a break he received at Rock The Bells. The “Jet Life” MC still gave it his all, though – even having Best Buy Theater create a comfy living room set on the stage for him, perfect for inviting friends over for popping bottles and of course, passing L’s. Smoke DZA, whose recent Rolling Stoned release received positive reviews, came back out after his own set to assist Curren$y in more ways than one:
The Smokers Club Tour still has nearly 40 shows left to good, so thankfully, this isn’t the last of our coverage. Visit their website for information and tickets here.