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.
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):
- “Never Would Have Made It”
- “Can’t Take This From Me”
- “Cops” (with House of Pain “Jump” mashup)
- “Awkward” (with crowd singalong)
- Happy Birthday Fern (with cookie cake presentation)
- “Coogi Sweater”
- “Zone Out”
- “Church Clap” (with Ray Charles-inspired call and response)
- “I Believe” (with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believein'” mashup)
- “Crowns & Thorns (Oceans)”
- “Always & Forever”
- “Lights Go Out”
- “I’m a Just Do It”
- 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.
- 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.
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.