New York’s Power 105.1 pulled out all stops last night for their annual #PowerhouseNYC concert. Held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, some of today’s top recording artists rocked the stage including; Chris Brown, Trey Songz, J.Cole, Ne-Yo, Young Jeezy, Kid Ink, T.I., Childish Gambino, French Montana, Migos, Tinashe and Bobby Shmurda . As if that line-up wasn’t amazing the crowd also received special appearances were also made by Lil Kim and Jay Z! Team SFPL was in the building, Peep the play-by-play …
As the crowd begin to fill up the seats of The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, one of the most popular groups in Hip-Hop, Migos took the stage. The crowd seemed a bit surprised as the group belted out some of their current hits. Starting out with their ever popular, “Versace, Versace, Versace”, merging into “Fight Night”, which had the early crowd on their feet and ending it with “Handsome and Wealthy“.
The current princess of R&B, Tinashe held no punches with an energetic performance. Although many didn’t know her singles, she gave the crowd plenty of energy and showmanship, and even borrowed a few dancers from Team Beyonce (Dnay B, Amandy & Jaquel Knight to be exact!), to give a SHOW! Of course she ended her set with her ever popular “2 On”, and the crowd definitely showed her much love by singing word for word.
The west coast rapper put his spell on the east coast as the crowd quickly rose to their feet while the MC belted out all his joints including the Chris Brown assisted, “Main Chick”, and “Show Me”.
He ended of with the Tinashe assisted, “Body Language”.
When the voice of the people, Angie Martinez, who recently joined the Power 105 team, came out, her applause was loud enough, but when she uttered the name, Bobby Shmurda, the crowd went HAM!
Brought a tear to our eyes to feel that love and support.
Brooklyn was definitely in the building as the crowd was basically standing on chairs as they patiently waited for Bobby to perform the hottest record in the Hip-Hop world right now, “Hot N*gga”. And as expected, he RIPPED THE ROOF OFF as everyone single person in the building did their best interpretation of the #ShmoneyDance, it was EPIC!
Donald Glover AKA Childish Gambino, was up next and his cult following was definitely in the building with him. For a second he stood dazed in a trance, “Yo, I can’t believe I’m doing the Barclays ya’ll”, he stated, with the biggest, brightest smile you could imagine. He bounced around the stage in a very Big Sean, Kanye West demeanor which worked well for him as he completed his set with the ever popular, “3005”.
The Bronx-native brought the BX with him as he went straight for the gut belting out every catchy hit or 16 you’ve ever heard him spit. “Don’t Panic”, “Ain’t Worried About Nothing”, “Pop That” and “Ocho Cinco”, were just a few, and as a bonus he delighted the entire building by bringing out fellow Bronx-native, Remy Ma.
The femcee blessed the crowd with her cult classic, “Whatever (Hands Up)”, as well as her bars on the popular street anthem “Lean Back”.
As the King of the south took the stage, everyone on the building stood to their feet, just like royalty was among us. Tip belted out HIT after HIT after HIT! “You Don’t Know Me”, “Bring Em’ Out”, “No Mediocre”, “Whatever You Like”, all pleased the crowd, but it was his current hit “About The Money”, that took the roof off the Barclays, so much so that TIP performed it back to back!
Tip also introduced the Powerhouse crowd to Detroit’s newest rap sensation, Dej Loaf who performed a bit of her hit, “try Me”.
R&B Crooner, Ne-Yo was up next and the singer didn’t disappoint as he stepped out in his grey suit, bevy of dancers and brought us from past to present as he travelled through time musically much to the delight of the mostly Hip-Hop crowd.
One of our favorite performances of the night clearly goes to rapper, J. Cole. Not only did he opt out of ‘Rapping To The Track” which most of the rappers did, he brought out a full band, including back ground singers, DJ, and performed like a seasoned vet, i.e. Kanye West or Jay-Z. His set started “Be Free,” a visual montage of police brutality against people of color, paired with a soulful backdrop. It was a fresh message that we must stick together to make a difference. It was excellent and brought out some solid emotions from the tough NYC crowd.
He was brilliant and passionate. The crowd ate every minute especially “Crooked Smile” which definitely brought the house down.
Trey Songz/ Chris Brown
Much to the delight of all the ladies in the building, Trigga AKA Trey Songz was up next and he didn’t disappoint the ladies. He got straight to the point by belting out a few hits including the Nicki Minaj assisted, “Touchin Lovin”.
Although Trey pleased the crowd, it was fly guy, Chris Brown who ruled the arena when he hit the stage performing hits like, “Strip”, “Loyal” and “New Flame”.
The crowd went wild when Trey Songz and Chris Brown came together performed, including their ILoveMakonnen remix-freestyle joint, “Tuesday.”
Jeezy closed out an unforgettable evening with a full set to the packed house including “Soul Survivor” and “Win.” Jay Z made a special appearance to close out the program after date night with wife Beyonce.
Jay Z took with stage with Jeezy and the duo performed their new hit single “Seen It All.”
We had a great time, can’t wait till next year!
Thanks so much to Gee Spin & The Power 105 Team!
(Photo Credit: Getty for iHeartMedia)