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Gunna Pays Tribute to Nipsey Hussle at Drip or Drown 2 Tour Kick-Off in Anaheim: 'We Lost a Legend Today'

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Christian Cody

Gunna photographed on Nov. 13, 2018 in Atlanta.

Young Thug joins Gunna for LA-area show that carried extra weight after Nipsey's fatal shooting earlier Sunday.

Gunna took over the House of Blues in Anaheim, Calif., on Sunday for the opening night of his Drip or Drown 2 Tour. It's Gunna’s first full-fledged headlining tour -- which was sold out and opened with Lil Keed and Shy Glizzy -- and the night held a special weight to it, as Gunna himself and DJs onstage shared tributes to the late Nipsey Hussle, who was fatally shot earlier in the day.

The celebrated rapper was also remembered by the audience, and there was a general somber energy throughout the crowd as Nipsey’s tunes echoed in the background during set changes.

Lil Keed and Shy Glizzy expressed their remorse during their performances. “Rest in peace to Nipsey Hussle,” Lil Keed said toward the end of his set. “One finger up for Nipsey Hussle,” Shy Glizzy said, followed by a performance of his 2014 hit “Funeral.”

As the audience eagerly waited in the dark for Gunna during a set change, there was a special moment when Nipsey’s “I Do This," featuring Young Thug and Mozzy, played in the background, and the entire crowd cheered and applauded at the sound of Nipsey’s voice.

About 15 minutes later, vibrant blue and green visuals began to flash and light up the stage. The intro to “Wit It” played and the crowd cheered as Gunna ran out onstage and jumped into his verse. About three songs into Gunna’s set, the applause grew louder as special guest Young Thug appeared onstage with Gunna to perform “Go Get It” and “Oh Okay.”

Gunna performed quite a few of his songs from his 2018 Drip Season 3 project, with highlights being “Pedestrian” and “Oh Okay." Then, the night came to a close with the finale song “Who You Foolin.”

Despite the tragic circumstances, Gunna put on a powerful and energetic show. He addressed what the audience was feeling at the end of his set, acknowledging Nipsey Hussle in his closing remarks. “I just want to take this time out to say: R.I.P. to Nipsey Hussle. We lost a legend today,” Gunna said. “Put your hands up for him, in remembrance of him. We miss him.”

Drip or Drown 2which dropped on Feb. 22, earned the Atlanta rapper his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. His set for the night included a varied mix of older favorites like “Drip Too Hard,” “Space Cadet,” “Sold Out Dates,” “Yosemite” and “Pedestrian,” along with songs from his latest album, including “Outstanding,” “Richard Millie Plain,” “Who You Foolin,” “3 Headed Snake,” “One Call” and “Speed It Up.”

The Drip or Drown 2 Tour continues through May 16, while stopping in other major cities including Las Vegas, Houston, Miami and finishing up in his hometown of Atlanta.


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