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Tomorrow We Live Tour Recap – Houston

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On Saturday, May 16 the “Tomorrow We Live” Tour featuring KB and Social Club rolled through Houston, Texas with special guest Reconcile. It was the third stop on the traveling event and Sketch the Journalist was there to capture visuals and vibe. Here’s his recap.

During his set, KB swung his outercoat around to signal the crowd when they should "turn up" to 11.

During his set, KB swung his outercoat around to signal the crowd when they should “turn up” to 11. Photo by Sketch the Journalist

KB fan Mark Greenwalt his Houston Rockets cap custom stitched with his favorite artist's name and even got it autographed at the pre-show, VIP meet-and-greet. Photo by Sketch the Journalist.

KB fan Mark Greenwalt had his Houston Rockets cap custom stitched with his favorite artist’s name and even got it autographed at the pre-show, VIP meet-and-greet. Photo by Sketch the Journalist

Crowd:

The audience was what you expect for a Reach Records-headlined show: mixed races but mostly a suburban youth type crowd of high-school, college, and early 20’s age range. Many arrived already draped in 116-inspired clothing although the Social Club/STRT TRBL attire was also well represented.

Set lists and order of performance (to the best of my recollection – not a complete list):

Reconcile with Corey Paul

    • “Plottin'”
    • “Never Would Have Made It”
    • “Can’t Take This From Me”
    • “Forty8”

Social Club

    • “Cops” (with House of Pain “Jump” mashup)
    • “Awkward” (with crowd singalong)
    • Happy Birthday Fern (with cookie cake presentation)
    • “Coogi Sweater”

KB and band

  • “Sideway”
  • “Zone Out”
  • “Church Clap” (with Ray Charles-inspired call and response)
  • “I Believe” (with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believein'” mashup)
  • “Crowns & Thorns (Oceans)”
  • “Drowning”
  • “100”
  • “Always & Forever”
  • “Lights Go Out”
  • “Undefeated”
  • “I’m a Just Do It”
Fan/photographer Elpidia Medina brought out a cookie cake to celebrate Fern's birthday.  Photo by Sketch the Journalist

Fan/photographer Elpidia Medina brought out a cookie cake to celebrate Fern’s birthday. Photo by Sketch the Journalist

Frontline Movement members Reconcile and Corey Paul entertained their hometown crowd. Photo by Sketch the Journalist

Frontline Movement members Reconcile and Corey Paul entertained their hometown crowd. Photo by Sketch the Journalist

Highlights:

  • There was a beautiful moment just before KB’s set when the crowd was treated to a stage full of nationally-known Christian hip hop artists who simply showed up to support KB and Social Club. Earlier in the day, Bizzle hosted a God Over Money BBQ and brought in a lot of out-of-towners to make cameos and celebrate the day. They all showed up here.
  • Artists who took the stage ranged from former secular stars, to those signed to bigger labels, and some independents. They included No Malice (from The Clipse), Dee-1, Gemstones, Alex Faith, Bizzle, Bumps INF, Datin, Selah tha Corner, Reconcile, Corey Paul, GS, and Ray from Grateful Apparel. Props to Kingdom Promotions for letting them have a moment and using it to expose the audience to quality hip hop artists that are putting in work outside of just the Reach Records brand.

Lowlights:

  • To my surprise, the “Crowns & Thorns” remix only got about a minute highlight of the “Oceans” chorus. I would have bet good money that track would be the night’s closer.
  • I believe “I’ma Just Do It” is the weakest track on Tomorrow We Live, so hearing an extended version with Autotune (double “Ugh!”) was painful to me. The crowd ate it up though so I’m obviously in the minority and acknowledge KB has crafted an effective song that appeals to fans of that style.
Thoroughbreadz member Eno, Dee-1, and AJ McQueen show off their dreads. Photo by Sketch the Journalist

After the show, Thoroughbreadz member Eno, Dee-1, and AJ McQueen show off their dreads. Photo by Sketch the Journalist

Final Thoughts:

As mentioned above, I’m not the world’s biggest fan of the turn up, trap, and fast-rap styles on display in most of the music on this tour. But I have no doubt all of the artists have a heart for sharing the gospel and loving people – regardless of whether or not they believe in Jesus, buy their albums, or act like “pineapples.”

From an artistic perspective, this is probably KB’s best work and he’s put together quite an entertaining showcase for his God-given talents and message. The whole package seems to resonate with the Houston audience and that’s evidence enough to for me to show support back.

KB rapped about the "Sideways" looks he often gets for being an outspoken Christian in hip hop culture. Photo by Sketch the Journalist

KB rapped about the “Sideways” looks he often gets for being an outspoken Christian in hip hop culture. Photo by Sketch the Journalist

Houston rapper Pyrexx posed with fans in the lobby after the concert. Photo by Sketch the Journalist

Houston rapper Pyrexx posed with fans in the lobby after the concert. Photo by Sketch the Journalist

Pastor Pierre Canning thanked the crowed for packing his church for the event. Photo by Sketch the Journalist

Pastor Pierre Canning thanked the crowed for packing his church for the event. Photo by Sketch the Journalist

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Sketch the Journalist is a freelance hiphop writer living in the thriving country metropolis of Cut-N-Shoot, Texas. Down with gospel rap since Stephen Wiley’s “Bible Break” in 1986, he has chewed, reviewed, and interviewed most of Christian hiphop’s major players. Sketch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Sam Houston State University and was once an intern at the New York Times Houston Bureau. You can follow Sketch on Twitter @Sketchthej or log-on to sketchthejournalist.com.

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