Young Thug’s ‘Justin Bieber Big’ tour hits Credit Union 1 Arena

By Steven Nunez, Photojournalist

Rappers Young Thug and Machine Gun Kelly stopped in Chicago Friday for their “Justin Bieber Big” tour. The show—held at Credit Union 1 Arena, 525 S. Racine Ave.—had a huge turnout, with opening sets from Chicago-based rapper Polo G and North Carolina-born rapper Strick.

Polo G kicked-off the night with songs from his 2019 album “Die A Legend.” The crowd held their lights up as he performed “Through Da Storm” and amped up their energy as he closed out his set with “Pop Out.”

Next up, Machine Gun Kelly took the stage atop a giant, horned skull structure with his album title “Hotel Diablo” printed on the back. The Cleveland artist played guitar as he performed “I Think I’m OKAY” as well as playing the drums during his set.

Atlanta’s Young Thug, the rapper credited with introducing the “slatt” ad-lib into hip hop, headlined the show, performing decked out head-to-toe in shiny leather and gold chains. The term “slatt” has also become popular with other performers, but has not been defined by Young Thug himself.

His North American tour was in support of his album “So Much Fun,” which was released Aug. 16.

Young Thug also surprised the crowd with special guest ZaZa to who performed “What I Do?” ZaZa is a four-year-old artist who went viral for her song and dance moves.

Young Thug had the crowd jumping as he performed “Hot,” “Surf” and “Jumped Out the Window.” He also performed songs from previous works such as “Digits,” “Relationship” and “Best Friend.”

Young Thug and Machine Gun Kelly will continue to tour the U.S. until Nov. 18.