Lil Dicky at The Crescent Ballroom
Lil Dicky at The Crescent Ballroom 9/20/2014
by Vince Soltero
As explained in a PowerPoint presentation at the beginning of the show, Lil Dicky maintains that the only performer more fun than he is the magician, David Blaine. From smoking a joint on stage to dry humping an unsuspecting audience member, Dicky did his best to live up to this statement. The rapper even took off his shorts and performed in his underwear for a good portion of the show. This was what will be known as classic Dicky.
Doors opened at 7:30 at The Crescent Ballroom, not far from the Walter Cronkite School and the rest of ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus. Lil Dicky (a.k.a. David Burd) is fresh off the release of his new single and video for his song, “Lemme Freak” (September 17 2014.) And after his mixtape, So Hard, in April 2013, I couldn’t wait to see the satirical Jewish comedian rapper do his thing on stage in this intimate little venue. I happened to get up to the third row of people, and I could see everything.
“Dickheads,” the name Dicky’s loyal legion of fans, were in no shortage of their love for the rapper, shown by wearing hats labeled “dick head.” He even brought a bunch of his Caucasian fans at the show to get on stage and dance and sing along to his song, “white dude,” even acknowledging the fact that his fan base is overwhelmingly white males and apologizing to minorities and women. He guaranteed, though, he’s working on the problem.
Problem or not, this show was extremely fun. Dicky truly is an entertainer, completely willing to make his fans laugh—as if the subject matter in his lyrics didn’t already make people hysterical with an extremely quick and witty lyrics about his sexual experiences or dreams of having some experience. Squeamish people beware; maybe you haven’t heard a song about being jealous of your girlfriends ex’s penis size or smoking too much and getting too high, but hey, this is rap, no matter how different he is.
That being said, Dicky should not be overlooked. He is smart and lyrically reminiscent of younger Childish Gambino, with a comical side like The Lonely Island. Dicky embraces his differences as strengths and raps to an unrepresented crowd in the college scene. No guy in college is a ‘gangsta’ or a ‘baller.’ Dickey represents those guys out there who maybe aren’t the ones who get the girl, the ones who compare themselves to the rest of the world and see something different. Lil Dicky is worth listening to, and I predict he will become a household name in the near future when his new album, I’m a Professional Rapper comes out later this year.