Article By: Jessica Zamurut
Photography By: Jeremy Elder
$uicideboy$ wild performance, with special guest Germ, at the Fillmore was an epic testament to their talent and passion. Walking in, I noted that the space was completely packed with people of all ages and backgrounds. Everyone from young teens to people past middle-age were in attendance. Plumes of smoke rose out of the crowd, and drinks were splashing up into the air. There were eight pillars made from LED screens in the back of the stage showing colorful, moving images and words. The auditorium buzzed with excitement as the opening DJ bantered. The DJ held three fingers in the air, and as soon as he did, the entire audience did the same: “359 bitch, I signed my life away”. A brief silence occurred, then was shattered by a thundering chant that rang through the space. The DJ mixed music by people such as Lil Pump, XXXTentacion, and Mac Miller as tribute.
Scott Arceneaux Jr. and Aristos Petrou sprinted out onto the stage in a burst of strobes and lasers. Everyone in the crowd went absolutely ballistic, screaming, throwing drinks, and even knocking down the barricade in front of the stage. A deep bass chord rolled in as they began their first song. The rappers dressed expressively, sporting yellow and blue plaid, with backpacks, snapbacks, and white sneakers. They interacted with the fans, acknowledging outfits, taking selfies on their phones, touching their hands, and throwing water back and forth. This proved to further their personable connection with their fans, exciting them as they moved through song after song. They thrilled the audience by performing some of their earlier songs including: “O Pana”, “Chariot of Fire”, and “Do You Believe in God?”. People went wild, singing every word to every song and transforming the once still space into a giant mosh pit.
The audience’s cheering escalated they invited special guest, Germ, to join the performance. He ran onto the stage, rocking some more bright colors, and a handle of Jameson. The performance paused as they acknowledged Germ’s birthday, and the crowd sang to him. He remained present for the rest of the show. The radiant bass shook the building, and the piercing sound of their voices could be heard from around the block. Lasers shot through the crystals of the chandeliers, out the doors to the empty night street.
Their rap is completely unlike anything I’ve ever heard. The way their words flowed bounced off the beats, rather than combining as many other rappers do. This ricocheting phenomenon made it all the more interesting to listen to what they were saying and watch as they electrically express This ricocheting phenomenon made all the more interesting to listen to what they were saying and watch as they electrically spit their words. Not only lyrically, but their combined voice culminate to an otherworldly sound that is impossible to stop listening to. Their tracks bounced between hard and soft, creating a sort of cloud-nine-hellscape. They treated the audience by performing a few hit tracks off their latest album released in 2018, I Want to Die in New Orleans. “King Tulip” and “Coma” sent the fans into a screaming daze. A soft voice singing about death and madness, perfectly paired with a grungy voice, speaking of better times past. The mix of fast and slow pacing kept my eyes and ears locked on the performance.
Some people held their phones in the air the entire time to capture the wild experience. It was remarkable to witness how they were able to command thousands of people just by the way they walked across the stage and moved their hands. Be it hiding three fingers in the air to start a chant with thousands of people, to running back and forth across the stage to stir the crowd into a jumping mob, $uicideboy$ knew exactly how to prompt reactions. If one of their hands went up, so did every audience members. Not only did they connect to their audience physically, but there was a definite mental connection between $uicideBoy$ and the people listening on in awe. Much like a magnet attracting an opposite pole, $uicideboy$ represent a voice for the misunderstood, disenfranchised, and anyone who has ever felt like they don’t fit perfectly into the mold society has cast for them. Their energetic rap resonated through the auditorium. It was clearly a life-changing night for everyone involved.
Getting to see $uicideboy$ perform live was an incredible experience that I will definitely never forget. Seeing the power that their words possess was incredible. It brought people from all walks of life together in an intimate space for a few hours, and getting to witness that was profound. The show was loud, colorful, and powerful. I would highly recommend seeing them to anyone, as I believe their themes and lyrics transcend any labels.