Last night was J. Lye’s “Welcome Home” show at the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge. The 21-year-old rapper spent the spring semester in Los Angeles, and as he announced last night, he couldn’t wait to get back home the whole time he was out there.
Neither could his fans.
The concert sold out almost a week early – a rare feat for a local artist – and when I arrived, the room was already packed wall to wall.
Among the opening acts were Yung Bean, J. Wonder, Jus Clide, Lisa Bello and Dutch ReBelle, all of which put on great performances. Lisa Bello and Jus Clide joined J. Lye on stage later in the show during the Cambridge native’s headlining set, performing their respective joint hits off Complete Until Success.
J. Lye killed it for the duration of his 45 minute set, but the three highlights for me were undoubtedly the Lisa Bell0-featured “Just Live Your Emotions,” the live debut of J. Lye’s newest single “Stay High” (listen below), and the smash hit “City On My Back” featuring Jus Clide (watch the live performance above).
Enjoy the video, and stay tuned for more from J. Lye as he preps the release of his upcoming Behind The Lyes project.