Our favorite scruffy face Texan, Post Malone, brought “The Runaway Tour” to State Farm arena last night and did not disappoint. DJ Enice warmed up the crowd as they found their seats and were introduced to Tyla Yaweh. Tyla is for sure a rising star and was a great choice to support this tour. His animal print jacket and hot pink dreads matched his romantic yet raging sounds. In much of his music, he openly speaks of emotions fueled by drugs and unsurprisingly the audience could relate. Currently, he has music out with French Montana and YG. His set was energetic and had a tribute to the late XXXtentacion.
Along Posty’s North American journey he has included many surprise hometown guests. With Atlanta being the current hub for hip-hop as well as home to many of his featured musical collaborations, it was exciting to see who would join the stage with him. As the lights went dim I heard someone say, “Is that Ric Flair?” Sure enough, creeping out of the back curtain in a plum suit was legendary Mr. Nature Boy to introduce the next performer Swae Lee. Wow. Swae Lee is 1/2 of Rae Sremmurd. (Backwards this is Drummers Ear) Known as the Black Beatles, these two are hometown favorites growing up in Marietta, GA. Swae Lee wore a sparkling denim number that may have been shinier than all of the arena cell phone lights combined. He performed some of his top hits including “Unforgettable” ft. French Montana. His other half Slim Jxmmie joined him to perform “Black Beatles” and jumped in the crowd right before Atlanta’s very own Gucci Mane graced the stage for his verse. Both Swae Lee and Gucci treated the crowd with their newest releases.
Posty’s fans are die-hard and merch was seen everywhere in between the opening set. The stage was a simple runway but the lighting, smoke, and pyrotechnics were something to be remembered. Malone began his show with “Hollywood is Bleeding” which was a great choice as the song starts off nice and slow and suddenly explodes. Post Malone never wears the same outfit to his performances and often looks like he just rolled out of bed and decided to do a show. His messy look and personality are what get people’s attention but his musical talent is what converts them into life long fans.
Malone’s mood across his music is often sad and he mentions that heartbreak has been a huge inspiration in his career. But once in a while, he celebrates where he’s been with songs like “Saint-Tropez”. Post Malone is an artist who can gracefully cross several genres of music to reach a wide variety of fans. In one show he managed to give us a little hip-hop, rock, and acoustic melodies. This man is a lyrical genius and can get people in their feelings deeper than they ever realized they could go.
Looking around, I noticed that everyone knew every word to every song. “I Fall Apart” is my favorite breakup song to cry to and must be noted that a 7-year-old put me on to this jam! His fans in the arena ranged from very young to an 80-year-old man (yes, he confirmed his age for me). For “Sunflowers”, from the Spider-Man soundtrack, he brought Swae Lee back and together they tossed actual sunflowers into the crowd. Engagement throughout this entire show was a concert-goers dream. If you didn’t know, Post Malone can also play the guitar and performed a beautiful acoustic version of “Stay” that he prefaced with an apology stating that he was very drunk and may have forgotten the words.
To go out properly, he wrapped up with “Rockstar” and surprised us yet again with another featured Atlanta artist, 21 Savage. Since Savage was recently arrested for his U.S. Immigration status and faced deportation, it was great to see him on stage in the city where he grew up. 21 Savage was given the beautiful acoustic guitar by Post Malone and encouraged to head down the stage where he smashed the guitar in the traditional rock star way. Post Malone is very open about his struggles and talked to his fans about the ups and downs of fame. He tells a story about how before “White Iverson” became an overnight hit he was told he would never make it. And how those same people come up to him now to shake his hand and say, “Congratulations.” The perfect song to close this setlist!
This tour is a little different in each city and well put together!