Wired 96.5 radio held its second annual 96 Cent show at the Trocadero last night. The anticipation was at an all time high because reggae artist, Sean Paul was headlining. The dark shade wearing, Mohawk-rocking artist tried to show the eager audience that he still has the right temperature.
Opening performances included DJ Bonics, Chill Moody, and more notably, Freeway, a rapper who was born and raised in North Philadelphia. Freeway especially got the attention of the audience as he lyrically reminisced about places he used to go in the city. After a seemingly long intermission and crowd hyping session from members of the radio station, Paul descended stairs from the back of the stage area and leaped into the spotlight.
“Are all you ladies ready to have a good time?” Paul screamed. He later broke into dance, and the crowd shortly followed. People of all ages and cultures spread out in the balcony and floor area and could be seen grooving to the dancehall inspired beats.
Songs from “The Trinit”y album, including “Give It up to Me,” “We Be Burnin’,” and “Temperature” were fan favorites. The energy level seemed very dependent on how old or new the song was, as most audience members were more acquainted with works of Paul’s that was longer than three years.
During his set, Paul would shout out projects that he was working on including the production of his sixth studio album, “Full Frequency” that will feature collaborations with artists like Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, and Juicy J. The album is set to be released on Feb. 18.
Thirty minutes into his performance, Paul abruptly ended his set and left the stage, leaving his audience wondering if he was going to come back and perform more. The DJ spun tracks for about 10 more minutes and wished everyone off as concertgoers journeyed back into the cold.