G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert & Ty Dolla $ign Deliver Torrid Sets in Orange County for Endless Summer Tour

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G-Eazy performs onstage during the 'Endless Summer Tour' at Five Point Amphitheater on July 31, 2018 in Irvine, Calif.

Tuesday night marked two occasions: The Irvine, California, stop of G-Eazy’s Endless Summer Tour and Lil Uzi Vert’s 24th birthday. The “XO TOUR Llif3” rapper is co-headlining the multi-city run alongside West Coast native Ty Dolla $ign and special guests including Bay Area evangelist P-Lo, buzzing Birmingham native YBN Nahmir, and superproducer-in-the-making Murda Beatz.

After a lengthy set from Heavy Hitters-affiliated DJ Quiz -- the presiding selector for the tour -- Ty Dolla $ign took the stage. Dressed in a simple plaid shirt and jeans with his signature blond locs braided into four neat sections, he immediately launched into crowd favorites like “Paranoid,” “Pineapple” and “Blase,” which he riffed with help from a percussionist and keyboardist. While standouts from Free TC and Beach House 3 got the Orange County crowd in a jovial mind frame, it was his featured verses that yielded the most enthusiastic response.

“I don’t know if you guys have been paying attention, but I was on Kanye’s album. I was on Kids See Ghosts and I was on Drake’s album...twice,” he shared with a screaming crowd as the beginning chords of  West’s “Wouldn’t Leave” floated across the venue. His appearances on some of the most anticipated albums of the summer have indeed been hard to miss. His performance not only illuminated the sheer amount of features he’s quietly snagged, but also highlighted his innate musicality; the delivery, cadence and pitch were impeccable despite a few issues with the sound system. He also briefly left the stage to retrieve an electric guitar, ripping through a rendition of Post Malone’s “Psycho” while simultaneously strumming out a simplified version of the song’s core chords.

Following his performance was an interlude from Murda Beatz, the young Canadian producer behind summer favorite “Nice for What” and 6ix9ine’s newly minted top-five record “FeFe.” In a fairly standard set -- opened by his tagline “Murda on the beat so it’s not nice” -- the producer, dressed in white and shielding his eyes with a set of sunglasses, ran through the better known selections of his repertoire, including Migos' “Walk It Talk It" and “Motorsport” and Trippie Redd’s “Dark Knight Dummo.” He closed out with a shout-out to Migos while encouraging the audience to sing along to the Lil Uzi Vert-featured hit “Bad and Boujee” ahead of Uzi’s set.

Uzi’s shows have always been known for their incandescent levels of energy. This set was perhaps a bit more subdued. While he engaged with the audience, it was far from his Rolling Loud number, which produced an epic, viral stage dive. Dressed in oversized black pants and a white sweater accessorized with a black leather harness, he opened with “Sauce It Up,” before following up with “444+222.” However, halfway through the song, he abandoned the stage to run through the crowd with two burly security guards trailing behind him. He also launched into a rendition of “WDYW,” activating his signature shoulder shimmy to the delight of the audience. The set ended with “XO TOUR Llif3,” which he performed twice during the evening. “Today’s my birthday,” he told the crowd during the encore. "If you really fuck with me I want to see you rage. Sing it to me,” he finished as a mosh pit opened at the front of the stage.

G-Eazy also wished Uzi a happy birthday after opening with “Pray for Me,” a fitting introduction to the world of partying and excess that is a prevalent theme of the Beautiful & Damned album. Wearing a Gucci pullover and shorts, he thanked the OC for coming out to see him, “I still can’t believe this is real,” he shared with the screaming crowd before transitioning into “But a Dream.” The evening, which was studded with crowd pleasers like “Sober”, “Him & I”, “1942” and “Me, Myself and I,” was also buoyed by a series of special guest appearances, which helped keep the pace brisk.

A hoodie-bedecked YG performed his verse on Post Malone’s “Same Bitches” before gliding into his own single, “Big Bank.” P-Lo (whose freshly released album PRIME is a love letter to the Bay Area) also gave the audience a little something extra, dancing his way through “Put Me on Something” while G-Eazy acted as a momentary hype man.

Other highlights included sets from YBN Nahmir and Blac Youngsta, who performed “Drop” against the backdrop of a Mustang surrounded by a bevy of twerking dancers. Tyga, whose single “Taste” introduced him back onto the charts, also made a brief appearance -- and garnered the loudest applause of all the special guests.

As the evening wound down, the energy only increased, ending with the crowd filing out of the venue while simultaneously singing along to “No Limit.” For those who are dedicated students of G-Eazy’s music, the Endless Summer tour will likely deliver on expectations -- it’s an energetic romp through both radio singles and the sleeper hits his fans love.