T.I. at 1STBANK Center, 12/15/12
Eric Gruneisen John Hart on stage at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield during KS-107.5's Jingle Jam. Slide show: T.I. at the 1STBANK Center
Jonn Hart opened the show with a short set that mixed R&B with rap -- you know, kind of like how Usher or Frank Ocean does, but without any sense of restraint or subtlety, Some people like it dirty, and a lot of those people were at this show.
Eric Gruneisen Travis Porter on stage at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield during KS-107.5's Jingle Jam. Slide show: T.I. at the 1STBANK Center
Travis Porter followed in suit with songs about strippers and tricks being performed on dicks. He kept saying, "This one's for the ladies," but, for all three of the openers, it would have been more efficient to just say which ones were for everybody.
Eric Gruneisen Kirko Bangz on stage at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield during KS-107.5's Jingle Jam. Slide show: T.I. at the 1STBANK Center
Kirko Bangz then delivered his take on pretty much the same material as the first two performers. At one point, he asked the venue to dim the lights so that he could "get intimate with a woman," though he didn't know who yet, which was kind of charming. He closed with his part on "Young & Gettin' It" from Meek Mill's Dreams and Nightmares.
Personal Bias: Got lots of love for Lupe and Tip. They're two of the great rap artists of the 21st century. Not so much love for the first three guys. They're boring, offensive and sound the same, except John Hart, who sounds like hundreds of other guys I don't like.
Random Detail: These were probably the best coordinated lights I've seen at a rap show. They were intense when the music climaxed, were rotated softly during the lulls and flashed at just the right moments.
By the Way: Going into Travis Porter's set, they played Chief Keef's "I Don't Like," which was interesting in light of Lupe Fiasco's beef with Keef this past summer.