Big Sean Surprises With Jhene Aiko For 30 Days In L.A.

Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days In L.A. has been Indie driven in the 3-weeks it has taken over Hollywood and its surrounding areas. Saturday brought in the biggest commercial act of the line up as rapper Big Sean sold out The Palladium bringing along special guest Jhene Aiko.
Sound Select is all about “Breaking Music” and using big names to expose fans to emerging talent from across the country. Minneapolis’ Finding Novyon had the tough job of warming up close to a thousand people for one of the biggest names in Hip-Hop. With a style that switched between commercial ready Trap and Hieroglyphics style back pack rap, the set was energetic and managed to get some love from scattered members of the audience. Up next was Mick Jenkins, a South Side Chicago native backed by a drummer, DJ, singer and enough grit to grab the crowd by the balls. More in league with the Southern style of Chicago legends Twista and Crucial Conflict than the gangsta sound of Chief Keef, Mick’s gravel voice stood on top of soulful production preaching positivity not often found in Trap music lately.
Atop a stage wide LED wall, Big Sean seemingly levitated from behind to join his band performing the first verse of “Paradise” before coming down to stage level and greeting the crowd. The 2-hour set spanned the breadth of his 3 studio albums, mix tapes and numerous guest appearances including his massively popular verse on “Mercy”. After a string of club and radio bangers the tone was brought down to give the crowd a rest, at which time Jhene Aiko stepped out to do 2 songs including “I Know”. One’s imagination might have lead them to expect Chris Brown to be the guest but nobody was disappointed to see Aiko before she left. Sean immediately brought the pace back to party level. Closing out the night were “Marvin Gaye And Chardonnay” and his most successful single to date, “I Don’t Fuck With You”. With Drake dominating radio it’s easy to overlook the success Big Sean has had since the release of 2011’s Finally Famous but it’s safe to say he finally is and will be for a long time.