Atlanta based rapper Key! made his way into Philadelphia this past Monday. Performing at an intimate venue, Underground Arts, led to good company and conversation. Despite the smaller turnout, his set was nothing to be compromised. It's environments like these, the smaller crowds, that tend to bring out the best, or the worst, in artists. One must think how would any given artist handle a situation like this, and it frequently exposes the fault in many artists. Some simply think it may be "a waste of time", taking haste to call off the event and leave fans with a sour taste on their tongue.
Key! set all things aside and performed as he would anywhere, regardless of whether it's 50 people or 500. This feat is what keeps both music, and this culture alive. He posses an important creative outlook, simply that his music needs to be heard and shared with others. This is a defining characteristic of artists that make their way to the top, whether they enjoy it or not is for the crowd to tell. The set consisted of his entire recent project #ScreamingDreams Prelude and an assortment of other hits, "Too Much Dope", "Street Fighter", and "Shout Out To The Zoo" to name a few. The intimate crowd chanted along and followed Key!'s lead as he demonstrated the proper way to dab. In a brief conversation, Key! was short to say he has much larger things in the works, briefly hinting at more work with Playboi Carti in the near future. It's safe to say we can all look forward to whatever it is he releases next, as he exclaims in "Hell Yeah", ... "Still goin up, and they not".
Keep a lookout for news on Key!'s next moves as continues his journey to the top. Be sure to check out some photos from the night below as well as his recent project, #ScreamingDreams Prelude, in its entirety.