Review: 21 Savage Electrifies the Wiltern

21 Savage surprised Angelenos with a very special guest.

21 Savage surprised Angelenos with a very special guest.

Wednesday night during the “Issa” Tour stop at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, 21 Savage invited Drake on stage to perform their single, “Sneakin’.” The show, which was part of the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour series, was headlined by 21 Savage, Tee Grizzly and the “Ooouuu”  rapper, Young M.A.

Doors opened at 7 p.m., but the caterpillar-like line that stretched down Wilshire Boulevard and wrapped around the venue made it evident that people were patiently waiting for more than an hour. From all over L.A. County, and some people making their way over from the OC, everyone was there, ready for one of the most anticipated shows in Los Angeles.

The Atlanta rapper took the stage in a navy blue jumpsuit and the storm blue Jordan 1s. He performed mostly songs from his recent album, No Heart. He changed once into a white tee, sunglasses and a new pair of kicks.

Then, he brought out Drake.

He teased as he performed an a cappella-like freestyle. Then, out of the blue, he cut into the song, “Sneakin’,” and the venue went ecstatic. The Canadian rapper took the crowd by storm. I don’t think anyone expected him, but everyone gave him a genuine welcome.

This was easily the highlight of the night. For the first time since releasing the song, Drake performed “Gyalchester,” easily one of the best songs on More Life. From the pit, I turned around to witness a wall of white lights.

After countless concerts with special guest appearances, this was easily one of the most electrifying surprises of all time.

Young M.A stepped on stage in a white tee, a cup in hand and a half-full bottle of Hennessy. Now, personally, I’ve only heard a few of her songs, but I’ll be the first to say that the girl can rap. In the pit, she had the predominately young crowd jumping around, and way up in the mezzanine, she had people rapping with her to every song.

Obviously, the rapper saved her single, “Ooouuu,” for the end; let’s just say the entire audience was on its feet. From the last row on the top deck to the dedicated group of fans that were up on the rail, everyone had their phone out to record the hit that put Young M.A on everyone’s radar.

She set the mood for the night. 21 Savage couldn’t have asked for anything more from his talented openers.

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Pablo Lopez is a Contributing Writer for Living Out Loud - LA, covering lifestyle and entertainment. Follow him on Twitter: @pawblowlowpez

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