LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… A couple of years ago, I had run into Saweetie and her crew on a random street in Austin, TX during South By Southwest. I recognized her because her publicist had forwarded me some of her music that playlisted on Spotify, and I told her how much I was enjoying her then-current drops. Her handler asked if I had time for photos or an interview, but I was already running late to a pre-scheduled appointment, and I regretfully declined. That regret is now REGRET. lol. I don’t even remember the act that I had previously promised to catch. Being able to document her performance at Head In The Clouds was long overdue.
I was actually surprised to find out… because of Head In The Clouds… that Saweetie, nee Diamonté Quiava Valentin Harper, was Filipina Chinese. You better believe that there was another Chappelle’s Show “Racial Draft”, everybody would be trying to trade up for Saweetie.
Saweetie’s performance was a lot shorter than I anticipated. Although she was scheduled for 40 minutes, she got on stage a little late, and her set time didn’t get extended … at least I don’t remember it getting extended past her 6:35 end-time. She also spent a decent amount of time onstage promoting her “Icy” brand, but her fans absolutely didn’t mind it at all as she tossed out freebies into the audience.
But the shortened set-time didn’t take away from the dynamism of her performance and the hits that she lay down. From “Back To The Streets” to “Pretty and Rich” to “My Type” to “Tap In” and “Best Friend”. She only performed 7 songs, and when she had to leave the stage, the fans entreated her for one more, she gave them what they wanted and reprised “Back To The Streets” as an encore.
But another non-music moment really stood or for me. During her set, and given the recent Astroworld tragedy, she took a minute during her performance to acknowledge the audience, asking them to all take a step back so things weren’t so tight up in the front, and reminding everybody that we all had to take care of each other. I loved where her head was at …”