When we first saw that Roc Nations’s Rapsody and Rhymesayers Entertainment’s much talked about signee Sa-Roc were going on a US run together for Rap’s A Black Woman Created This tour, we were hype. Both artists have earned critical acclaim and respect from fans and piers alike, and it’s dope to see them join forces. We caught the Portland stop of the northwest leg of the tour at the charming Star Theater in the heart of the city.
After some solid local openers and intermissions from the house DJ, Sa-Roc took the stage and immediately leveled up the energy as she quickly took control of the packed house. A lot of MC’s could learn a thing or two from Sa-Roc. She displayed unrivaled vocal clarity and a mastery of crowd rocking skills, all the while letting loose with her supreme wordplay and powerful voice. Performing material from her various projects, the highlight of the set was her recently released single Hand of God, which fans can expect on her forthcoming Rhymesayers debut album later this year.
When the time came for Rapsody to take the stage, she emerged with veteran confidence to an adoring crowd. Working through cuts from her 2019 album Eve as well as some of her earlier works, fans knew every word. Between songs the audience got a taste of Rap’s genuine charisma and natural stage presence as she talked about her songs and bantered with fans, eventually inviting and unsuspecting bro to participate as a stage prop during the performance. Despite the fact that Rapsody is known for dense lyrical content and thought provoking rhymes (all of which she brought in full effect) she kept the vibe fun, and the show still felt like a party.
Our friend Sam Slater captured the night, check out the photo recap below.