By Bridget Graf
‘One Hell of a Nite’ is the only phrase to accurately describe the fanfare that was Chris Brown’s concert in Dallas Thursday night.
C. Breezy overshadowed his fellow acts, singer Fetty Wap and rappers Omarion and Kid Ink, at Gexa Energy Pavilion to a borderline packed house.
The night started with an all-too-brief dose of VMA’s Best New Artist winner Fetty Wap. The Remy Boys crew member, known for his hit “Trap Queen,” rushed through a medley of his recent chart toppers: “679,” “My Way,” and “Again.”
I sincerely hope Fetty’s career is longer than his short-lived set.
Speaking of long careers, Omarion.
I loved “Ice Box” (I’m only human), but I didn’t realize Omarion was popular enough to have Fetty Wap open for him.
Joined on stage by DJ Band Camp, Omarion gave the crowd exactly what it wanted when he played “Post to Be,” featuring singer/songwriter Jhene Aiko and, the man-of-the-hour/headliner, Chris Brown.
After Omarion quizzed an uninterested crowd on his hits from a past life (a.k.a. 2005) and walked off stage with his dreams of a solo comeback tour dashed, Kid Ink was up.
Kid Ink was the first glimpse of the potential for the audience to have One Hell of a Nite, as promised by Live Nation.
Despite my dislike of Kid Ink for no articulable reason, his performance far outweighed Fetty and Omarion (dare I say it??) combined. Kid Ink was engaging and pretty hyphy, sporting a personalized Maverick’s jersey. He was born to be an opener for Chris Brown.
The wait time between Kid Ink and Chris Brown felt like an eternity. Two tacos later, the sun had long set, and for a second, it seemed like C. Breezy had better things to do, like hang backstage with his three openers, countless hype men, and choice groupies.
But alas, the stars aligned, and he arrived in style to one of his classics, “Run It.” Simultaneously singing, dancing, flying over flames onto the stage; what CAN’T Chris Brown do?! Flying!!
He followed with a medley of other classics (confession: every Chris Brown is a classic in my eyes): “(Yo) Excuse Me Miss,” “Poppin’,” and “Deuces.”
A powerful crew of both male and female backup dancers joined Brown for most of the night, and Brown, an incredible dancer in his own right, took center stage with his music videos playing in the background.
“I got a surprise for you,” Brown giggled toward the show’s end, and he pulled rapper French Montana out of the eaves for a guest appearance. French was then followed by six hype men.
French’s “Pop That” got the audience arguably more energized than Brown’s medley of sex anthems. French’s set included “Ocho Cinco,” “Off The Rip,” and “Ain’t Worried About Nothin.” For a minute, I thought I was at a French Montana show, and I wasn’t mad about it.
And then BOOM, Tyga appears out of thin air. Not quite the same energy as French, but nonetheless entertaining. Brown and Tyga performed their collaboration, “Ayo.” No guest appearance by Tyga’s girlfriend Kylie Jenner, but a girl can dream.
Brown closed out the show with the 2014 hit, “Loyal.” No, Lil Wayne did not make a cameo. The audience wouldn’t have been physically able to handle it. They freaked out for Tyga, and Tyga isn’t even good.
Chris Brown, however, is amazing. Shout out to @chrisbrownofficial for One Hell of a Nite. You are welcome back to Dallas any time.