Skrr-skrr! After building an impressive buzz over the last year, MadeinTYO celebrated the release of his new EP True’s World by headlining Rap-Up LIVE at The Peppermint Club in West Hollywood on Thursday (Aug. 24).
The intimate listening session and performance took place in front of celebrities, fellow artists, and industry tastemakers, including KYLE, Bridget Kelly, Roy Woods, ANGELGOLD, and Mike Zombie, among others.
Before playing and performing every song on his new EP, Tokyo explained how the project came to be. “Everybody asking me for an album,” he told the packed crowd. “I was like, ‘I’m not gonna rush an album. I’d rather give another project to get people familiar with what I do.’ I feel like I haven’t given everybody a mixture of all the types of vibes that I got so I wanted to put these records out.”
With his newborn son True and fiancée distortedd backstage, TYO kept things lit onstage, launching into the six-track EP. Sporting a Supreme Nasty Nas shirt to go with Supreme basketball shorts, the rambunctious spitter rocked out to cuts like the infectious “Depends,” the head-knocking “Too Quick,” and the melody-driven “Eating.” After performing his single “Cashing Out,” the Private Club MC ended the evening with two of his biggest hits, “Skateboard P” and “I Want.”
Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed an interactive photo experience and specialty drinks with names like “Cashing Out,” “True’s World,” and “TYO Drift.” Following his performance, MadeinTYO was presented with a cake adorned with his EP cover.
Rap-Up LIVE was a dose of things to come from the rapper, who is set to kick off his “Made in Tokyo Tour” on Sept. 27 in Madison, Wis. Joined by 24hrs and K Swisha, the trek is set to continue through Nov. 5 in Seattle.