Rising rapper Lil Pump brings his SoundCloud hits to the stage in St. Louis

If you don’t know about Lil Pump, it’s time for you get familiar. Lil Pump is a Miami-based rapper who is taking the Internet by storm. I know that sounds cliché, but Lil Pump has only been rapping for a little over a year, and he has already accumulated over 374,000 loyal followers on SoundCloud (with no record label—mind you).

He might not be the most lyrical rapper, but he’s doing something right. His repetitive lyrics over distorted trap beats entice listeners, aligning with the latest trend in hip-hop right now. He may not be signed to a label, but he’s already gained attention from big names, such as Lil Uzi Vert. His first tour is gaining quite a momentum. Oh, and he’s only 16.

I arrived at Pop’s right at doors, expecting to walk right in. I was under the assumption that this was going to be a small show with maybe 50 people. I was thinking that this show might even be performed on the Pop’s side stage (meant for smaller acts), but boy was I wrong. There was a line of about 100 people waiting to get in, and on the inside, a decent crowd was forming. Fans were screaming “ESSKEETIT!” (Pump’s new catchphrase) everywhere I went. I knew it was about to be a wild show.

Lil Pump was set to perform at 10:30 P.M., but he was running late. The DJ had to fill in the gap until 10:50. There were about 8-10 photographers and videographers in the photo pit, more than I normally expect to see at an established act at other Saint Louis venues. Shortly after 10:50, Pump finally sprinted onstage with full force. The entire venue erupted in a roar, and the whole place was vibrating with energy.

I have never seen so many excited, loyal fans ready for a new up-and-coming rapper. It was a proper welcome for the young superstar. The crowd did most of the rapping and they knew every beat/lyric, and didn’t stop jumping until Lil Pump hopped off the stage.

If Lil Pump is performing at a show near you, I highly recommend you try and catch it.

Ismael Valenzuela
Ismael is a St. Louis based concert photographer and urban explorer. If he's not in the photo pit, he's usually exploring urban decay and abandoned buildings in North St. Louis. Check out his work on instagram.com/izzyspazzin.

Rising rapper Lil Pump brings his SoundCloud hits to the stage in St. Louis

If you don’t know about Lil Pump, it’s time for you get familiar. Lil Pump is a Miami-based rapper who is taking the Internet by storm. I know that sounds cliché, but Lil Pump has only been rapping for a little over a year, and he has already accumulated over 374,000 loyal followers on SoundCloud (with no record label—mind you).

He might not be the most lyrical rapper, but he’s doing something right. His repetitive lyrics over distorted trap beats entice listeners, aligning with the latest trend in hip-hop right now. He may not be signed to a label, but he’s already gained attention from big names, such as Lil Uzi Vert. His first tour is gaining quite a momentum. Oh, and he’s only 16.

I arrived at Pop’s right at doors, expecting to walk right in. I was under the assumption that this was going to be a small show with maybe 50 people. I was thinking that this show might even be performed on the Pop’s side stage (meant for smaller acts), but boy was I wrong. There was a line of about 100 people waiting to get in, and on the inside, a decent crowd was forming. Fans were screaming “ESSKEETIT!” (Pump’s new catchphrase) everywhere I went. I knew it was about to be a wild show.

Lil Pump was set to perform at 10:30 P.M., but he was running late. The DJ had to fill in the gap until 10:50. There were about 8-10 photographers and videographers in the photo pit, more than I normally expect to see at an established act at other Saint Louis venues. Shortly after 10:50, Pump finally sprinted onstage with full force. The entire venue erupted in a roar, and the whole place was vibrating with energy.

I have never seen so many excited, loyal fans ready for a new up-and-coming rapper. It was a proper welcome for the young superstar. The crowd did most of the rapping and they knew every beat/lyric, and didn’t stop jumping until Lil Pump hopped off the stage.

If Lil Pump is performing at a show near you, I highly recommend you try and catch it.

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