Cash Me Ousside. You all know the meme, but I bet you didn’t know she raps! When I first saw it pop up on my FB newsfeed, I just knew I had to be there for one of this generation’s greatest memes. I was going into this expecting a shit show, after all, how many famous people, let alone infamous, try to get into the music industry and succeed on fame alone? Was it terrible, or was I impressed? Read on to find out.
Immediately upon entering Théâtre Corona I knew something was different. The crowd was tiny. No, not a small turnout, literally the people were tiny. I felt like I somehow got stuck in a bus full of high school kids and, just like forgetting your headphones on public transit you get forced to listen to some really stupid conversations. Was I this annoying when I was younger? Oh, fuck it I won’t kid myself, I’m still annoying.
Kris the $pirit took the stage to open and what a show this guy gave! Performing songs from both his 2018 albums Spirit Mode Vol.1 and THE Prana, I can say his recordings on Spotify do not do him justice, at all. If you get the chance, see this man live! Right off the bat he engaged with the audience, from catching a hoodie thrown at him by a random fan and putting it on, to continuously encouraging the crowd to jump up and down, wave their hands, sing along and at the very end, chant catch me outside.
Next up was Sage Charmaine. She was only added to the lineup a few hours before the show, so it was a pleasant surprise. As soon as Sage came out, I had to do a double take as she looks strikingly similar to Emily Blue. Getting right into the performance with “Look Up 2 Me” off her EP Ashes released a few weeks prior, there wasn’t any crowd participation. Not good. I always emphasize engaging with the crowd because that, I feel, is the reason your fans come out to your shows. A personalized experience. Thankfully all that changed after the first three songs. Sage greeted the audience before “Ashes – Rocky” and everything changed. Suddenly she was giving high fives to everyone and even grabbed someone’s phone to take a quick selfie mid-performance without skipping a beat. Near the end of her set Sage apologized for the sound, which I thought was referencing a few high pitch screeches (what can you do? shit happens) but no, she was apologizing for being sick that night. I would have never known. It was a killer performance, totally stole the show for me.
The moment we all had been waiting for, Bhad Bhabie (pronounced Bad Baby), also known as Danielle Marie Bregoli, also known as “cash me ousside girl.” Danielle started off with her single “Babyface Savage,” fucking hell, this song represents everything that is wrong with music today. Sure, it has a catchy tune but the lyrics… what am I even listening to? Ok ok. It’s one song. Maybe it will get better? Nope. Next was “Juice” off the album 15. Same old shit talking without anything meaningful to say, but this time no catchy tune. Maybe Danielle should change her stage name to Lil Bhabie because every rapper with “Lil” in their name spouts nothing but trash. Yeah, I said it. Come at me.
There is a silver lining though, Danielle is a very good performer. It’s all about the show and giving the fans what they want, to which Danielle excelled. Between songs Danielle talked about females in the industry with words of encouragement and female empowerment, picked out fans attending with their best friend to share the stage during her single “Bestie,” and after a bit of twerking even brought a fan, Celeste, on stage to give her the ultimate fan experience, a lap dance. Did I mention Danielle is 15 years old? I’ll let that sink in.
Danielle has the talent, a strong following, a few songs hinting at deeper meanings like the single “Mama Don’t Worry (Still Ain’t Dirty)” in which she describes her childhood, and from what I’ve heard she’s very nice, even timid, ironically. No doubt she’s very smart and is putting on a show to play the social media game, the only question now is will she continue the facade, mature and release songs with more meaningful lyrics, or fade into obscurity like a meme?
As far as the overall show went, if you’re a fan of her music you can’t go wrong, she puts on a great performance that’s perfect for her target audience and if she ever writes more mature lyrics it might even be a concert I’d go to in the future. Colour me impressed, How Bow Dat?
Written and Photographed by Michael Kovacs
*edited by Mike Milito