On Tuesday night, New Orleans rapper Pell kicked off his Greenhouse Party Tour at the Echoplex. Before Pell hit the stage, rappers, Swsh and Malik Ninety Five showed their strong potential to the audience.
Swsh, who impressed not only the crowd but myself included, proved her skills with a mildly aggressive tone. However, do not let that fool you. The LA-based singer/rapper can definitely combine soul and R&B into her self-produced tracks. With that being said, Swsh got the audience moving on their feet, heads bumping, and clapping after every song she performed.
Up next was exciting, talented, New Orleans rapper Malik Ninety Five. Malik was also at this years VooDoo Festival in his hometown. The young, driven artist performed singles from his latest mixtape, Playlist: 002. Which successfully hyped up the audience and prepared them for Pell.
After patiently waiting, Pell was ready to energize the Echoplex. Considering that it was his first stop of the tour, I expected the New Orleans artist to bring his best. And that is exactly what he did. As soon as the first track began playing, the crowd huddled in and began vibing with Pell.
From performing singles like, “Ocean View 2.0” and “Runaway” to performing his viral hit, “Eleven:11” and even giving us a little taste of his upcoming EP with a freshly released track titled, “chirpin’” (which you can give a listen to below). The performance itself really showcased Pell’s passion for creating music and his undeniable love for his fans. I truly believe that Pell is underappreciated but that is not to say that the New Orleans native does not have a bright future ahead of him. So, look out.
Words and photos by Freddy Ayala