Hailing from Dublin, Rejjie Snow has surely benefited from the luck of the Irish in arguably living out numerous dreams in his 23 years on the planet. After securing a high school football scholarship and travelling across the pond to Florida, before going on to study film and design in Georgia, the Irishman took a leap of faith in dropping out to return home and focus on honing his musical talents.
The gamble paid off though, with his 2013 debut EP Rejovich rocketing to the top of the iTunes hip-hop chart, ahead of the likes of Kanye West and J Cole, with the track 1992 – featuring a fledgeling Loyle Carner – amassing over a million hits on YouTube.
Last year Snow signed to 300 Entertainment, releasing hits such as D.R.U.G.S in September and Crooked Cops earlier this year. Kicking off his 2017 tour – which includes dates in Manchester, Bristol and London – Snow and his posse brought quite the party to Glasgow’s O2 ABC.
The first of the supporting artists was Cosmo Pyke, whose Palace-esque acoustic indie rock sound and youthfully exuberant talents were received rapturously by those present. Jesse James Solomon followed, with a packed out ABC bouncing along to his bass-heavy support set; as he whipped the crowd into shape prior to the main man taking to the stage.
With a prelude that included Childish Gambino’s Redbone, Snow opened with aforementioned big hitters 1992 and D.R.U.G.S, before Lost in Empathy and All Around The World – after which he laughed “everyone high yeah? I’m high off you guys.”
After another round of tracks, Snow once again endeared himself to the Glaswegian faithful by joking “make some noise for yourselves Glasgow, make some noise for haggis.” Jesse James then came back on for a rendition of USSR, prior to an eclectic performance of Olga (1984).
A real highlight of the set came next in 2015’s hit single Blakkst Skn which – along with Crooked Cops – gave rise to a pulsating mosh of energy in the crowd. Flexin’ and Loveleen were also well received as things reached a crescendo, though Snow charmingly addressed the latter’s lyrics “the words are stupid, I wanna send my love to every female here”.
Pink Beetle and Keep Your Head Up continued the good vibes prior to the thoroughly entertaining set coming to an end with Nights Over Georgia and Snow (My Rap Song).
You can catch Rejjie and co at one of the following dates:
21/4 – Birmingham, Institute
22/4 – Manchester, Manchester Academy
23/4 – Bristol, Marble Factory
24/4 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
25/4 – Leeds, Belgrave
27/4 – Brighton, Concorde 2
28/4 – London, The Forum
29/4 – Dublin, The Academy
20/5 – Paris, Le Trabendo
Words by Jonno Mack