Last night in NYC, Gunna took the stage in front of an audience of over 11,000 people, marking his first live performance since his release from prison. The Atlanta-based rapper had been released from prison in December following his involvement in a negotiated legal agreement known as an Alford plea. In this plea, Gunna acknowledged his guilt in a racketeering conspiracy charge related to the YSL RICO case. This performance also marked the debut of songs from Gunna’s Billboard-chart-topping album, “A Gift & a Curse.”
When the shows were initially announced, fans on social media were buzzing with anticipation about the turnout. In July, Gunna’s first performance, named “The Gift,” was scheduled for September 9th at the prestigious Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Meanwhile, the second event, “The Curse,” was set to take place at the YouTube Theater in Los Angeles on September 28th.
For the first concert, fans of the rapper known for his signature “bread & butter” style turned out in large numbers to support the acclaimed artist. Numerous prominent voices in the hip-hop community shared their thoughts on this highly awaited event. Ice, a member of “The Joe Budden Podcast,” took to Twitter to express his surprise, saying, “Y’all told me it was over for Gunna. I just left Barclays. Y’ALL LIED, BRUH.” Esteemed journalist and music pundit Wongo Okon marveled at Gunna’s live performance with a live band and no backing track, stating, “I would love to know every artist’s excuse.”
Many fans were pleased to see that Gunna featured an LED sign with the words “FREE JEFFERY” prominently displayed while performing some of his biggest hits. This led fans to question the current status of his relationship with fellow artist Young Thug, given the looming snitching allegations. One Twitter user pondered, “Has anyone actually confirmed if Thug is even upset with Gunna, or did the internet just run with that?”
According to the official press release, the Grammy-nominated musician is partnering with PLUS1. Each ticket sold for his concerts will contribute one dollar to The Goodr Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing healthy meals to youth, families, and senior citizens facing food insecurity.