MusicVibes: Catch Me If You Can Tour Review
Underrated rapper and Atlanta-native, JID blessed the stage of the Aztec in San Antonio this week for his Catch Me If You Can Tour. This wasn’t the rapper’s first time in the Alamo City and his presence was welcomed with a packed house.
To start the evening, Jiddy Jid’s fellow Atlanta native, Deante Hitchcock lit up the stage. Hitchcock performed three songs with unstoppable energy, moving as if he was in the crowd himself.
Up next we were blessed by the goddess, Mereba. If you haven’t listened to this multifaceted artist, you should start. I’d suggest checking out “Planet U”, “Black Truck” and “Sandstorm”. Mereba’s stage presence was phenomenal. She opened by showcasing her guitar skills, moved to vocals and impressed with her quick lipped verses. She was absolutely a perfect pairing for our main act.
Our last opener was my favorite. Saba’s energy was so incredibly strong that it was surprising that he was support on this tour and not the main act. Repping Chicago to the fullest, draped in his denim jacket and trucker hat to match, Saba performs excitedly in front of a simple neon sign that reads “CARE”, a nod to his 2018 release, CARE FOR ME. The Pivot Gang member played favorites like “LIFE”, “Photosynthesis” and of course, “CALLIGRAPHY” with the wild GA crowd screaming lyrics right back at him.
After a solid roster of openers, it was finally time for the star of the night to turn up the crowd. JID’s stage set-up was almost that of a high-school theatre production, in the best way. Twinkling lights adorned the back wall, with a large moon that read “EAST ATLANTA PLAYBOY” and his DJ atop a cinema-style marquee with the words “DICAPRIO 2 A FILM WRITTEN BY JID”. The DJ wasted no time trying to hype the crowd up, as Deante Hitchcock, Mereba and Saba had already filled that void. JID walked onto the Aztec stage slowly, taking in the room of adoring fans before serving us his strong, swift verses.
He started with an instrumental of “Doo Wop” and then moved into “LAUDER”. Throught the performance, he took time to give credit to songs he was inspired by or sampled to create tracks on the setlist. We enjoyed some sprinkling of JID’s softer, singing voice on tracks like “Hereditary” and “Sandstorm” with friend and opener Mereba. He continued the slow vibes with tracks like “Workin Out” and honored late friend, Mac Miller with a cover of “Come Back To Earth”. After he moved right back into high-energy tracks like “Skrawberries” and “Off Deez”. The GA pit was waiting and ready for JID to play his well-known “NEVER” and “151 RUM”, with the rapper instructing the crowd to go crazier than they had all night. JID joined his people in the mosh pit and took moments to listen as they screamed his quick lyrics while he had the time of his life. This tour was truly a dream come true for the rapper after nine years of work since his first mixtape release, but also for his audience.
TLDR; JID brought an incredible group of opening acts with his own set closing the night perfectly. When JID, Saba, Mereba or Deante Hitchcock are performing near you, go. You won’t regret it.