Casey Veggies Brings ‘Live & Grow’ to SOB’s in New York, Pays Tribute to Max B [EXCLUSIVE]
Casey Veggies has more songs and mixtapes in his catalog than some of the most experienced rappers in the game, all without a major label debut. But 2015 is Casey’s year, in which he'll deliver his debut album, Live & Grow, through Epic Records. The 21-year-old Inglewood, Calif. native brought his talents to the East Coast on Monday (May 4), hitting the stage in New York City at SOB’s and let’s just say the young MC did not disappoint.
Following a crowd-moving set from his DJ and hype man Dominic, also known as Dom Beets, Veggies took the stage around 10:30 p.m. and was well-received by the intimate audience mixed with hipsters, random rap aficionados and music execs including L.A. Reid and Sylvia Rhone.
Veggies, dressed in a red Puma T-shirt, matching suede kicks and a camouflage Bathing Ape hat, immediately got the party started with the HS87-produced “The Boy,” which he began performing back in 2013. The former Odd Future representative kept the momentum going with his infectious and mesmerizing stage presence.
He moved through tracks like “Faces,” off his Life Changes mixtape (just one out of seven), and the Rockie Fresh-assisted “Aladdin.” Since he was in New York City, it was only right that he paid homage to the local rap scene, namely Harlem's very own Max B. "Everyone put your phones and lighters up for Max B," Veggies directed the crowd before getting into “Everything Wavy," his tribute to the incarcerated rhymer.
Then he took it back to his Customized Greatly days, digging all the way into the crates for his first mixtape that he dropped in 2008, when he was just 14 years old. The nostalgia -- if any for such a young rhymer -- led Casey to reminisce about his first time performing at SOB’s in 2011, alongside frequent collaborator Dom Kennedy. "I remember my first time performing at SOB's and Dom brought me out... it was amazing," he recalled.
At the end of his set, the rapper gradually worked up to some of his new material off Live & Grow. He brought out Atlanta singer Mylo Smith to perform an unreleased track from the new project, but of course he couldn’t close out the night without fan favorites “Tied Up” featuring Dej Loaf and the club banger “Backflip” featuring fellow Cali natives IamSu! and YG.
Overall, the hour-long performance showcased Casey Veggies' promising career. For those fans looking for Big Sean to come out -- Casey is currently on select tour dates with him -- it may have been a bit of a letdown since he was missing in action, however, Casey did just fine on his own.
Check out Casey Veggies performing at SOB's below.
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