Chiddy Bang, a hip hop duo of Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege and Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin, headlined the Fillmore last Thursday night for a promotional tour sponsored by Chegg Textbook. Though only half of the audience had ever seen Chiddy Bang prior to that night, as Xaphoon Jones discovered through questioning the crowd, it didn’t seem to faze the majority of rosy-red cheeked college kids who stumbled, danced, and happily forgot school for three hours. The event was free for anyone with a college id, which meant it was packed, and outside stood many disheartened kids trying their best to persuade an annoyed Fillmore staff to let them in.
Besides the “amateur” shenanigans, which affirmed why I understand concert ageism (oh how I used to hate being under 21, and now relish being older!), the night was fun and entertaining. It began with College Battle of the bands, and was followed by Dev, the female vocalist from 2010 ubiquitous song, “Like A G6,” who was surprisingly more talented than the song might allude.
Chiddy Bang’s performance was tight, as though the duo had repeated the same set over and over, engaging the crowd similarly each night. Moving quickly between songs, the pop structure and similarity of their tracks flowed seamlessly like a top 40s hip hop station. Halfway through the set Xaphoon Jones asked the crowd for topics for Chiddy to reference during a freestyle (which you can see below).
In sum it was an easily digestible and safe show and a far cry from a Wu-Tang Clan performance or a drunk Kanye West, but the audience was happy and that’s all that Cheggs could have hoped for.
Chiddy Bang “The Opposite of Adults”
Chiddy Bang: “Slow Down” (Ft. Black Thought and Eldee The Don)