The Underachievers’ turn up while elevating minds
“Smokers put your hands up, drinkers put your hands up, extraterrestrial beings put your hands up,” Azizi Gibson yells to the crowd. A sea of hands rises up. Everyone is present at Tattoo in downtown Toronto for The Eyes of The World Tour. It’s the third Canadian stop for The Underachievers featuring artists on the come up: Azizi Gibson, Dillon Cooper and Denzel Curry.
A nearly fatal crowd dive, fans on and off stage, a mosh pit that would make any rock concert look tame. All this, and the headliners haven’t even come out yet.
Having worked with The Underachievers since their first show in Canada, Brenden Hewko, CEO at SmashMouth Music Group, expected nothing, but the most hype experience from the New York duo.
“Their music is pretty undeniable when you listen to it, but the biggest thing is their live shows,” he says. “When you catch them live and see how much energy they bring to the stage it’s an entire new experience, and to me, that’s what’s so captivating.”
Before Dillon Cooper turns the place into a jump fest with his feel good tracks including “State of Elevation”, Denzel Curry brings a trippy vibe to the mix and gets the crowd turning up Three 6 Mafia style. This being his first official tour, Curry made sure to leave an impression. “I said I want to go up there and give them the best show they can see even if they don’t know me,” he shares. The screams and chants of approval when his “Parents” cut comes on prove he did just that.
The air is now thick with smoke and anticipation for the headliners. Dillon Cooper, Azizi and Denzel Curry waving a Canadian flag with a marijuana leaf in the middle get the crowd to show the most love as Issa Dash and AK of The Underachievers hit the stage. Jumping right into the set with the banging neck breaker “Philanthropist”, the duo has the crowd in a trance in no time. Fans chant the lyrics to songs from the group’s most recent mixtape like “Flexing” and the first hit “Herb Shuttles” as though they are chanting mantras. With a rapid gun fire flow and conscious lyrics over bass heavy beats The Underachievers bring a new sound and feeling that is hard to shake off even after the smoke clears and the show is done.
An unforgettable experience of unruly behavior in the name of mental and spiritual elevation, this tour is sure to give fans an experience most will never get to witness anywhere else.
Words By. Emma Kombora + Photos By. Iris Gill