MOUNTAIN VIEW — Oakland native G-Eazy brought his Endless Summer Tour to Shoreline Amphitheatre Sunday night. It was the closest thing to a hometown show for the rapper, who emerged from a parting screen to thunderous applause.
“I’m so happy to be home; I’ve been waiting on this shit forever,” G-Eazy told fans.
He opened his with “Pray For Me” with white crosses flashing on the screen behind him. The visuals he used didn’t appear to carry any thematic elements from song to song. They included an aurora-borealis, an endless series of doors. When he performed “The Beautiful & Damned,” G-Eazy brought out an actual Ford Mustang onstage.
Shortly after the car stunt, he invited Bay Area rappers ALLBLACK, Nef the Pharaoh and P-Lo, who had performed earlier that night, onstage. Fans went nuts at the commotion, especially after the DJ began spinning E-40’s “Tell Me When To Go.” G-Eazy then had YBN Namir come out to perform “1942” alongside the others. After the musical guests left the stage, some scantily clad women danced during “Drop.”
Later in the set, G-Eazy brought the pace down a notch to reminisce about growing up in the East Bay, peddling his mixtape on Telegraph Avenue. Notably, there was no mention of his now-ex Halsey, who had performed at the same venue two nights early.
He finished his set strong with a performance of “Him & I,” as a shower of confetti rained down with him walking offstage.
Rapper Lil Uzi Vert, who has been known to portray himself as one of hip-hop’s darker personalities, reiterated that image Sunday. Inverted cross-shaped screens adorned the stage, as did a giant slack-jawed skull. It would have made sense if Marilyn Manson had taken the stage instead.
The design worked with the darker tone of Lil Uzi Vert’s music. Like G-Eazy, he brought out Vallejo rapper Nef The Pharaoh to perform his hit “Big Tymin.” He hit his peak during set-closer with his 2017 mega-hit “XO TOUR Llif3.” Fans chanted the song’s chorus as he retreated backstage.
Surely, Uzi’s fans would’ve loved to see more of his charisma and charm, but he didn’t address the crowd, concentrating on the performance and the people on stage.
Ty Dolla $ign preceded Lil Uzi Vert, sauntering onto the stage to Kanye West’s “Fade.” Although his set was earlier in the evening and only 30 minutes, Ty Dolla $ign made the most of his time on stage. He invited fans on stage to smoke marijuana with him and even played guitar on a cover of Post Malone’s “Psycho.”
He concluded with “Blasé,” beginning the song calmly as he hyped the crowd up before running through the reserved seating section and right into the lawn, where he climbed up a post—all while rapping. Ty was clearly enjoying himself.
— Hector Aguilar