7:30pm on July 1st, 2015 — We roll up to prominent music venue S.O.B.’s in downtown New York. Madison LST is opening and showcasing some superb energy and stage presence. Six foot five tall Masego is making his rounds around the club, sayin’ wutup to his friends that made their way up from Virginia and introducing himself to new fans. We catch his attention, dabb him up and shoot the shit about our blog and the recent interview we did with him. We tell him we’re pumped for the show and he confidently says back, “this is going to be the best show you’ve ever seen”.
11pm on July 1st, 2015 (hours later) — Minds blown. Jaws hanging. Masego wasn’t kidding as that was one of the most exciting, dynamic and unique performances we’ve ever seen from an artist… let alone a one-man-show. One minute he’s looping up his own beat boxing, live piano and vocals. The next he’s improvising with his sax over heavy-hitting trap style beats. He even throws in some reggae, breaks out hilarious comedy skits and acts w/ his TrapHouse Band — a crew of homies that often travel with him. The most intriguing part of it all… the diversity of his audience was mind-blowing. You’d look right and see a bunch of pretty, younger women dancing their butts off and straight up sweating Masego. Then on the left were some grandpas boppin’ their heads looking impressed AF. That’s the beauty of Masego’s brand of music known as TrapHouse Jazz — it has hip-hop and trap vibes for the younger fans, yet jazz and blues infusion for the older folks.
Beyond his live capabilities, we can all agree Masego is a beast with the creative and production process. Just yesterday he dropped his first track of 2016 titled “Wave” with gorgeous and talented singer/songwriter Abir and production by Roseville Music Group’s EFF3X. Featuring fiery vocals from Abir storming over an electric trap beat, plus some silky Masego flavoring, and you have a movie of a production.
Peep Masego live in his basement via the video below. It’s from over a year ago so you can image what his live show is like now.