“Fall in love way too easily / Used to treat ‘em nice / And now I treat 'em like /they’re treating me /But this isn’t me eagerly / Cos I’d rather retreat up where the sweeter be”
Rejjie Snow is a young black rapper and producer from Dublin, Ireland. His debut album “Dear Annie” was released earlier this year and he’s showing it off by performing around the world. Seattle was given the privilege of being the fifth stop on Snow’s U.S. tour. Seeing an artist live is a different type of experience. And if you ever get the opportunity to see your favorite artist, or any artist for that matter, you should take it.
Rejjie Snow was the first artist I’ve seen live since moving to Seattle and he and his crowd were nothing like I expected. I didn’t know anything about Rejjie before attending his show except for the fact that he was black. To me, artists are usually a reflection of their fans, so I was expecting a lot of black people to be there. Maybe not a ton, but a good majority of the crowd. However, that was not the case.
Besides myself, the other black people that I saw were: Sassy Black, the amazing woman who opened for Rejjie, the three security guards who jumped on every suspicious person's ass within two seconds (shout out to them for keeping everyone safe), one other black girl who was just as mesmerized by Rejjie as I was, and of course Rejjie Snow himself. I was so in awe by the number of white people that were there. I’m so used to being the only black girl at shows back home that I didn’t think much of it until I realized that all the performers I had seen in the past were white themselves. I thought that seeing a black artist meant seeing black fans. I now understand that I’m living in the PNW, and there just aren’t that many black people here. There are definitely more than where I came from which I truly appreciate, but I think the lack of representation of the city could be the reason for the lack of representation at Rejjie’s show.
That’s just one theory I have about why there was so little representation. Another reason, that might be a reach, is that white people love black culture. This is a pretty well-known statement and has been talked about a lot recently. There are countless examples of this especially within the black music industry, but I’ll leave that for another article.
Just because most of the crowd was white my perspective about Rejjie’s performance did not change what so ever. His flow is nothing like I’ve ever seen or heard before. I was impressed by his humbleness, even though he and I and everyone else in the room knew that he was great. I knew absolutely nothing about Snow before attending his show. I even had to do some post-concert research so I could get a better understanding of who he was and so I could write this article. I prescreened Rejjie the night before the show to give myself an idea of what I was getting into. I listened to his most well-known song “Egyptian Luvr” featuring Amine and Dana Williams. The lyrics, especially the chorus, are my favorite part of that song. They really get me every time. I listened to the song about 6 times before going to bed and it gave me a new emotion after every play. Reflection, freedom, independence, hopefulness, are all feelings that fell upon me while listening. When I heard the song live, those feelings didn’t stay the same. Being able to experience a new song that I love around new friends that I love was unimaginable. Not to sound like every white girl at weekend one of Coachella but I felt so alive and for the first time since moving to Seattle, I felt at home. Just because there isn’t a great representation of people that look like me doesn’t mean I don’t belong.
By: Alaysja Clark