For the second night in five days Gucci Mane brought his Trap God tour to the Bay Area, and clearly, opening up for a living legend can be thankless work. Being tasked with entertaining a crowd of thousands while they anxiously await the arrival of Gucci himself is not an envious job, but on Friday night in San Francisco, 23-year-old Dreezy took the stage at The Warfield in the Mission district and made it her own. For about 30 minutes the Chicago native fought with and eventually won over the crowd of Guwop fans, flashing her star potential and showing off her talent as an emcee along the way.
It was tough sledding for Dreezy, who performed without her usual tour DJ, with her tour manager stepping in to handle those duties. So on top of a seemingly impervious crowd, she also had to dish out cues to her DJ/tour manager, all while running through her setlist sans a hypeman or any other help on stage. After coming out to her rowdy “Chiraq” freestyle, she immediately began wrestling with the tentativeness of the crowd. At one point she mentioned “Damn, we gotta turn everybody up in this b*tch.”
Eventually, Dreezy made a trip into the photo pit to rap with the crowd at eye level and they began waking up. At some point, her talent and energy was simply undeniable as she ripped through her slew of bangers including “Serena” sans Dej Loaf, and “We Gon Ride” sans headliner Gucci. It was “Spazz” and her freestyle over the O.T. Genasis hit “Cut It” that finally brought the crowd to the level she was asking for, as she spewed out lyrics like “Hit the BM went to Jupiter / B*tches only getting stupider / Keep a n***a with the Ruger tucked / All this switchin’, don’t know who to trust.”
By valuing her actual bars over her appearance, Dreezy represents a new era of female rappers who simply refused to be over-sexualized and have that overshadow their talent. Much like Young M.A., Kamaiyah, Siya, Tink and Syd, Dreezy is here to rap and be damn good at it — everything else is secondary.
That’s not to say that Dreezy isn’t attractive or can’t be sexual when the time is right. She was dressed stylishly in a pair of ripped jeans, a bikini top and an oversized camo jacket with “Raised In Chicago” splattered on the back. When she performed the slower and more seductive tracks “Wasted” and “Body,” she danced sensually throughout, but never removed her jacket to show any extra skin. Throughout it all, the performance was about the music, the lyrics and the performance.
After persistently wresting with a restless crowd, showing off her versatility as a performer and an artists it’s clear Dreezy is a star in the making. Now it’s time to just sit back and watch the prophecy be fulfilled.
Check out more photos of Dreezy and Gucci Mane from the Trap God tour stop in San Francisco below, courtesy of photographer Abe Coloma.