Pi’erre Bourne brings TLOP 4 to London twice in one night

Words by Nirav Doshi
Photography by Finn James

One of hip-hop’s most sought after producers over the last few years; Pi’erre Bourne, came to London to embark on his first European tour. It wouldn’t be easy to find a production discography in Hip-Hop as immense as Pi’erre’s right now. After producing for the likes of Playboi Carti, Young Thug and Young Nudy, he has established himself as one of the best producers in the game.

But with ‘The Life of Pi’erre 4’, his debut album, he has proven himself as being so much more than just a hit-making producer, and Village Underground bore witness to this on Wednesday night. Playing ‘TLOP 4’ front to back for the whole show, Pi’erre managed to keep the crowd’s energy electric for the entire set.

The crowd was lit as soon as Pi’erre opened up with ‘Poof’, the biggest song on the album. There was never a dull moment, as the live transitions from song to song were just as good as the transitions when listening to the album itself. The transitions from his high tempo trap songs, such as ‘Routine’, to his more melodic R&B joints, such as ‘Lovers’, was also effortless. Particular standouts from the Village Underground show included ‘Racer’, ‘Stereotypes’ and ‘Poof’. A special mention must be given to Pi’erre’s performance of ‘Switchin Lanes’, an unreleased song that fans have held onto for months, as the crowd went crazy like that song had just been officially dropped.

This was Pi’erre’s second show of the evening in London, as he performed in Oslo hours earlier, and while this is unusual for a touring artist to do, it just goes to show how dedicated and motivated he is to prove to the world that he is more than just that Jamie Foxx producer tag. He ended the night asking the crowd if they were ready for ‘The Life of Pi’erre 5’, as well as the long awaited ‘Whole Lotta Red’ from Playboi Carti, which, as expected, got an insane reaction from the crowd.

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