If only the Brooklyn Nets could’ve subbed in Chris Porter at the Barclays Center on Tuesday night (Nov. 29). The rising New Jersey rapper specializes in quick blasts of energy, and with him on the court, the team might not have needed two overtimes to defeat the L.A. Clippers.
Alas, Porter had to watch like everyone else, biding his time until the epic contest finished, and he could finally take the stage at the Billboard Lounge, the swank court-level venue that hosts post-game shows throughout the NBA season. The place was already buzzing following the Nets’ thrilling 127-122 victory, and when Porter grabbed the mic around 11 p.m., it was like a nonstop fast break for the next 25 minutes.
Rocking a green bomber jacket emblazoned with “I Feel Like Porter” — a takeoff on Kanye West’s lyric-slogan “I Feel Like Pablo” — Porter didn’t jump right into “Water Dance,” his Pitbull-assisted viral hit from 2015. He did jump, though, pogoing with his hype men through a couple of dizzying intro tracks, one of them a brand-new YouTube-ready rager called “Look at Me Dance.” “I’m a get money with my eyes closed,” Porter rapped, setting his quick, gregarious flow to rattling hi-hats and throbbing bass.