LIVE REVIEW: Lil Dicky – Eatons Hill Hotel
Lil Dicky is the viral rap sensation that people can’t get enough of. After his breakthrough hit ‘Freaky Friday’ featuring Chris Brown topped the charts around the world it only seemed necessary that he embarked on a world tour that saw his Australian and New Zealand shows selling out instantly. It is still uncertain whether the American rapper is serious or purposefully comedic with his witty and absurd delivery that will have you shocked and intrigued.
The sold out Brisbane crowd packed the Eatons Hill Hotel early whilst Yo! Mafia was dropping some massive hip-hop favourites and throwbacks. The crowd were ecstatically singing along and it quickly became apparent that this was going to be one energetic show and luckily Lil Dicky didn’t disappoint from delivering that. Running on stage to the opening lines of ‘Professional Rapper’ he jumped straight into fan favourites ‘How Can I Become a Bawlaa’, ‘Work (Paid For That?) and ‘Pillow Talking’. He ecstatically greeted the crowd and thanked them for coming along to see him. He admitted that the last time he was in Australia was for a study abroad program and he came to visit Brisbane on a weekend and fell in love with it. But it wasn’t too long until the crowd started cheering and asking for him to do a shoey. He seemed a little unsure but agreed to do it with a bottle of water but later on in the night he took off his jumper to reveal a XXXX Gold t-shirt and while he had no idea what it meant he was enjoying just how patriotic and excited they were getting. He agreed to do another shoey with a XXXX Gold beer in exchange for the excited energy they were feeding him. Early into the show he admitted that this was the part of the gig where he usually sings the American national anthem but instead he got the crowd to sing the Australian national anthem and it was a very cool and randomly patriotic moment.
Joined by just a DJ and a hype man he ran around the stage jumping up and down and spraying champagne on the crowd while he rapped ‘Sports’, ‘The 90’s’, ‘Personality’ and ‘White Crime’. But no one was prepared for when he dropped his global hit ‘Freaky Friday’ half way through the set which saw everyones phones in the air followed by jumping up and down screaming the lyrics. His crowd interaction was on point as he offered hilarious anecdotes and down to earth realness between songs that had you questioning if you were at either a stand up comedy show or a hip hop show. He addressed the crowd “I can hear people yelling out requests, just know I won’t be playing any of them” before continuing to ask them if they wanted to see his dick and asshole. Classy, right? *insert eye roll*. But luckily he decided to not do that and instead smoked a joint and threw his rider out into the crowd with pieces of meat flying through the venue. Cellphone lights lit up the room during the slow rap moment ‘Molly’ before covers of ‘Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and Backstreet Boy’s ‘I Want It That Way’ strangely had the crowd going crazy. He closed the show with ‘$ave Dat Money’, ‘Lemme Freak’ and ‘Ex-Boyfriend’ which had the crowd walking away feeling happy that they just witnessed a very interactive and intimate show from one of the worlds most exciting viral acts. There were points in the show where I was questioning what I was watching but that was the whole point of his act. It was unpredictable, raucous and a lot of fun.
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