Who: FOTO Tour – KOTA the Friend, TrÃ© Yung, Cozy the Saint
Where: Middle East Sonia, Cambridge, MassachusettsÂ
When: August, 4, 2019
Making his second stop in Boston, technically Cambridge, KOTA the Friend returned to give a sold-out crowd a night they wouldnât forget. Previously opening for Cracker at the Middle East Upstairs, KOTAâs return was a part of his current FOTO Tour. His stop in Boston was the second show of his tour and was this time held in the Sonia, a bigger room within the Middle East. Opening for KOTA were artists TrÃ© Yung and Cozy the Saint. Both artists would fall under the hip hop genre with TrÃ© Yung having a similar style to KOTA and Cozy the Saint following the same sound as mainstream hip hop today. Despite the twoâs difference in sound, they both worked to help energize the crowd for KOTAâs inevitable takeover on stage.
As the tourâs name was that of KOTAâs May Album FOTO, there was no shortage of music to perform. FOTA is almost twice the size of his previous album, Anything. released back in February of last year, featuring 19 songs. Despite FOTO being twice the size, the album has one less feature than Anything. which allows for KOTA to prove what fans already know: he can rap. Wasting no time doing so, KOTA opened with the first song off FOTO âFull Bloomâ. In contrast with the majority of shows today, KOTAâs original recording of the song did not dominate his performance. Instead, while performing songs like âFull Bloomâ and âBirdieâ, KOTA rapped every word with only the instrumentals playing. In addition, while performing songs like âSedonaâ and âChicago Dinerâ KOTA rapped every word with the instrumentals and lyrics playing softly in the background.
While on stage, KOTA brought an energy that you wouldnât expect from the mellow vibe of his songs. Most notable, while performing one of his most popular songs âColoradoâ, KOTA had the crowd jumping with their arms in the air singing along to every word. The crowd was no different when KOTA performed âChurchâ as they replicated a line of the song which reads âHands up in the air like we in churchâ. Occasionally, In between songs, KOTA would showcase more of his rapping ability by freestyling for the crowd. Topics mentioned in the freestyles ranged from his increasing success to the girl next door. Despite getting tripped up in one of his freestyles, the crowd was always supportive and none the less loved every second.
KOTAâs performance no doubt demonstrated his rapping ability as well as his aptitude for working the crowd. Taking songs that embodied KOTAâs calm nature and having fans jumping in the air only proved why he is headlining his own tour. Without a doubt, fans left the Sonia with an experience theyâll remember. If you have the opportunity to attend any of the dates on the FOTO tour, Iâd highly recommend you seize it.
Post and photos by Spencer Bernard
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