Dreamville is known for it’s talented lineup of artists including Ari Lennox, J.I.D., Cozz, Earthgang, and rap powerhouse J. Cole. Despite the immense talent, Dreamville artists typically get overlooked especially Abbas Hamad better known by his stage name Bas. The Queens rapper has been making music since 2011 with his debut album, Last Winter, releasing in 2014 under Dreamville and Interscope Records. Despite his continuous releases, Bas has not been officially recognized outside of the underground.
On February 20th, hundreds packed tightly into Come and Take It Live in Austin, Texas for The Milky Way Tour in support of Bas’ latest album Milky Way. The intimate venue provided an unavoidable transfer of energy from artist to crowd and vice versa. The night began with brief sets from Innanet James and Correy C followed by renowned SoundCloud rapper Rexx Life Raj. Rexx Life focused on getting the crowd hyped as he performed tracks including “Time,” “The Otherside,” “Shit n’ Floss.” He later asked for everyone’s cell phone to be raised in the air. He critiqued our dependance on them as he performed “Handheld GPS.” Once the energy was set, Rexx Life exited the stage.Cell phones filled the air as the lights dimmed. Bas took to the stage in a “Fiends” t-shirt. Bas performed hits from his newest album, Milky Way, including “Barack Obama,” “Icarus,” and “Front Desk.” The Sudanese rapper even made sure to throw it back for his day one fans with songs including “Night Job,” “Clouds Never Get Old,” and “My Nigga Just Made Bail.” Throughout the night Bas proved why he is a staple to the Dreamville label.