Hordern Pavilion, July 27
Get out your Instagram and fire up your Snapchat. This is hip-hop for a new generation.
No longer are rappers just part-time musicians, part-time weed smokers. Childish Gambino, aka American slashie Donald Glover, raps, writes, acts, produces and first found fame on the comedy circuit.
He sings about Twitter DMing and snuck in a recent cameo as Hannah Horvath's Ivy League boyfriend in seminal TV series Girls, just to be sure he touches every buzz-worthy base.
But this gig proved Glover is more than just a Snoop Dogg 2.0.
Two guitarists, one manic drummer and one spectacular afro diva on the keys made for an epic festival-style performance (in fact, he looked like he had come straight from his Friday night Splendour set, wearing shorts and an unbuttoned Hawaiian shirt).
The restless rapping and off-kilter production of his recent album Because the Internet were traded in for something bigger, brighter, tighter and simply thrilling.
Telegraph Ave would usually be a dreamy, bass-heavy slow burner about chilling in Oakland. But, with those crisp drums, it was an all-out head banger.
If you thought Sweatpants was just a muted, slightly tripped-out track to play in the background, it turned insanely gritty and grubby in its live, extended form.
Everything was magnified without being overkill.
Electro elements were switched on with ferocity, the sound was chest-shudderingly loud and the strobes and neon graphics on a giant back screen were almost heart attack-inducing.
Sure, there were the obligatory lines about bitches 'n' hos (The Worst Guys was flat despite his rather graphic dance moves) but he would then belt out a cheesy, operatic chorus in Got This Money or delve into astute raps about introspective loneliness (V. 3005) or the dilemmas of our internet-addled age, like the 3D printing of guns (Zealots of Stockholm).
He was tight as all hell, with a gripping energy and an irresistible swagger.
The last rap gig I saw that generated such a wild energy in the crowd was Kendrick Lamar, similarly hailed one of a ground-breaking new wave of rappers.
It's hard not to be convinced that Glover is the ultimate next-gen rapper.
You can diss the naked Snapchatting youth of today all you like; if this is where rap is heading, I'm jumping on board.