The Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island was home to the Dazed & Blazed Tour Thursday night (Aug. 2) as Wiz Khalifa and his special guests took to the stage to give Brooklyn a night they won’t soon forget.
To promote his newly released sixth studio album, Rolling Papers 2, Khalifa embarked on a 27-date tour hitting amphitheaters all over the country. Even though it was announced that Rae Sremmurd would be co-headlining the tour with Lil Skies serving as a supporting act alongside O.T. Genasis, the two acts were not on the bill in New York Thursday night. Fortunately, Wiz and O.T. filled the void left by Rae Sremmurd and Lil’ Skies with fiery performances that had fans on their feet all night long.
Chevy Woods opened the night with an energetic set giving fans a listen to his musical arsenal including “Mojo” and his verses on “Nameless” and “Reefer Party.” OT Genasis arrived on stage shortly after and let the Brooklyn crowd know what they were in store for. “My name is O.T. Genasis, and if you know my history, you know I like to party,” he told the lively New York City crowd as he blazed through several hits in his catalog.
“Everybody Mad,” “Push It,” and “Coco” rang through the Ford Amphitheater and O.T. knew he had to keep the momentum going. “I’m in New York so I wanted to do something different for y’all tonight,” O.T. told the crowd as he proceeded to bring out Brooklyn’s very own Busta Rhymes and Spliff Star. “We represent Brooklyn, East Flatbush,” Busta and Spliff yelled defiantly as the hometown crowd cheered. The duo performed “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” and “Look at Me Now” with Busta tossing the microphone to floor after heating it up with his rapid fire verses on both tracks.
After a brief intermission and a video clip of Wiz eating at a restaurant then fighting off a band of thugs, the Rolling Papers 2 rapper got right to work and opened his set with the Kush & Orange Juice classic “The Kid Frankie.” Midway through Wiz’s set, a video montage honoring the life of slain Pittsburgh rapper, Jimmy Wopo, played on the screens throughout the theater. The moment quickly became emotional as fans applauded the visual with some raising cell phones and lighters in the air. Wiz then began performing the Jimmy Wopo-assisted “Blue Hunnids” and a number of tracks off Rolling Papers 2 including “Holyfield,” “Hot Now,” and “Fr Fr.” The crowd couldn’t get enough as Wiz had the audience captivated throughout his set.
Despite playing most of the tracks off his new album, Wiz showed love to his day one fans by going through a medley of his older hits like “Car Service” and “Taylor Gang.” He also acknowledged the women in attendance performing smooth records like “Something New,” “Hopeless Romantic” and “Promises.”
Wiz ended the show with a message for the fans, telling them they can do anything they want in life and to remain being awesome people. The message resonated with the crowd as they gave their response in the form of boisterous cheers. Sensing the crowd’s approval, Wiz then performed some of his more inspiring records including “It’s On You,” and “Young, Wild, and Free” before putting a cap on the night with the party record “Gin and Drugs.”