Your ‘favorite rapper’s favorite rapper’ and Odd Squad oddball, Devin The Dude, hit the stage at Empire Control Room on Sunday evening floating on a purple cloud of velvet laced rhymes. At 46, the middle-aged stoner still possesses an infectious on-stage energy that gets a crowd half his age vibing from the contact-high. The rapper’s calm, easygoing demeanor and laid-back persona provide an enjoyable authenticity to his music and have helped him acquire fans of all demographics. He’s a lovable everyman…a storyteller who fills his rhyming narrative with relatable anecdotes and humorous recollections derived from a life of chasing vices. Devin’s latest album, Acoustic Levitation, is his first full-length since 2013’s Landing Gear and is an ode to the classic themes The Dude loves most…weed, wine and women. After the crowd got lit with openers Pure Pressure, 5-D and King Tez & Sukeyy, it was time for Empire to levitate with The Dude. Photographer J. Alan Love captured the cloudy highlights below.
Venue: Empire Control Room
Photos by: J. Alan Love