Tyler, the Creator revisits Pittsburgh on joined tour with Vince Staples


Tyler, the Creator and Vince Staples joined by DJ Taco performed Tuesday night to a sold-out crowd at Stage AE as a part of their joint tour.  

The night started with Taco’s set, with Taco perched high above the stage atop the kind of LED screen that is typically seen at EDM concerts, much like Daft Punk. The screen displayed scenes from different TV shows and movies.

Taco played songs of varying genres from rap to pop, successfully setting the mood for the rest of the concert with lots of bass and crowd involvement.

Next was one of the headliners, Vince Staples.

His set began with a countdown on large LED lights. When the timer finally reached zero a distorted clip from a news broadcast was shown. The room went dark and when the light came back, Staples was on stage with is first song, “BagBak.”

His performance was electric and galvanizing throughout. Many of his lyrics, however, could not be heard because of the massive amounts of yelling fans. Those fans also pushed, shoved, and danced throughout Staples’ set.

The crowd got especially rowdy when two of Staples’ most popular songs, “Party People” and “Norf Norf,” were played back to back.

By the time Staples’ set had ended it left many exhausted and gasping for air, but everyone knew what was coming next.

Previously, Tyler, the Creator’s concerts have been highlighted by large mosh pits and rowdy crowds, although Tuesday’s show welcomed a new demographic of listeners and fans.

The lack of an intense crowd can be owed to Tyler’s growth from his previous albums, which were heavy with aggressive lyrics and offensive language, to the newer sounds of love and doubt on recent albums Flower Boy, Cherry Bomb and Wolf.

Tyler’s set consisted mainly of songs from his newest album, Flower Boy, with a few tracks from past albums, but the crowd missed out on a few of the older songs due to Tyler forgetting the words.

In addition to performing oldies and newbies, both Vince and Tyler decorated the stage with aesthetically pleasing and entertaining backdrops.

As with most general admission concerts, the crowd in the pit was lively and energetic, matching the excitement of the music, but at some points lacked an awareness of basic concert etiquette. Despite the rowdy crowd, though, the performances kept the crowd energetic and fun.

Pittsburgh does not often get the chance to host major rap names, so Tuesday night’s concert was a great relief for fans of the genre to enjoy a concert that is seemingly rare.