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Not Ready 2 Leave Tour :: Earl Sweatshirt & Vince Staples back in Chicago

Not Ready 2 Leave Tour :: Earl Sweatshirt & Vince Staples back in Chicago

By David Rasool

Since Earl released I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, it’s been in constant rotation at Saint Alfred and on my phone - between the new Kendrick album, the new Bronson album and random Roc Marciano. I knew Earl and Vince were coming back to Chicago but I forgot the dates. That was until Concord Music Hall hit me and asked me to shoot the show earlier this week. Naturally, I jumped at the chance and was happy to take photos of both Earl and Vince doing new material. I documented when they came here the first time, which I believe was over a year ago. Earl was performing Doris and Vince didn’t have his album out yet. The energy for this show was much more apparent and the crowd knew all the lyrics as Vince and Earl performed old and new material. They even both previewed a little unreleased material.

I’ve always appreciated in recent times how some artists will wear Js when they come to Chicago. I don’t know if this is intentional but I’ve always viewed it as a sign of respect and subtle nod to the city, almost like how people will sometimes wear a Yankees fitted if they’re in NY. In this case Vince had on Shadow Jordan 1s.

Earl stepped out at the tail end of Vince’s set so both of them could do “Burgundy.”

The crowd hung on Earl’s every word as he joked with the crowd in between songs.

He ended his set by doing a verse over the “Drop” instrumental.

After crowd chants for one more song, Earl stepped out and blessed everyone with a unreleased song.

Overall good turn out and a good show which I expect no less from any of the OF crew. I’m glad I had a on stage view to not only shoot it but also enjoy the performance.

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