By Zane Fletcher, Culture Editor
When Lil’ Dicky performs, it is sometimes difficult to remember that he is the same man who graduated the University of Richmond with a 3.03 grade point average, and was the point man for the advertising campaign of the 2012 NBA Playoffs.
Yet when he kicks off his show with a PowerPoint presentation detailing the amount of fun you will have at his show, among other things, Dicky’s grasp on his place in the rap community becomes apparent.
David Burd, a.k.a. Lil’ Dicky, a.k.a. Mr. Firm Handshake (among doz-ens of other a.k.a.s), arrived in the rap game by accident. Bored by the presentations he was forced to do as an employee of a large advertising agency in San Francisco, the Philadelphia native began present-ing in rap form. In 2013, he decided to make a track outside of work and produced “Ex-Boyfriend,” which went viral, scoring over a million hits in 24 hours.
Whereas Dicky has primarily toured the northeast United States, he recently launched his first national tour in advance of his up-coming second album, “Professional Rapper.” After a stop in Iowa City, Dicky played in Omaha at Slowdown on Saturday.
The opener, Kosha Dillz, did his part to pump up the crowd before the show. A lesser-known artist, Kosha excited and impressed, at one point inviting the crowd to throw random objects onto the stage then proceeding to freestyle rap about the objects. But the crowd wouldn’t wait for Dicky forever, and eventually “Mr. Original Pancake” him-self came running onto the stage clad only in an open Pittsburgh Pirates jersey and sweatshorts.
Dicky’s set began with the classic track, “Jewish Flow,” off his first album “So Hard.” Afterwards, he brought down the music level, and began his professional presenta-tion, which included bar graphs, pictures and the like.
After playing a few of his classics, Dicky launched into songs from his upcoming album, including the first live reveal of his latest single, “Classic Male Pregame,” which he released on his YouTube channel on April 15.
Dicky kept the crowd entranced and energized throughout the entirety of his set with wild antics, pushing the limit (and often ex–ceeding it, at least in the eyes of the law) of what can be done on a stage. For example, during his new hit “Lemme Freak,” Dicky brought up a female audience member on stage, placed her in a chair, and proceeded to strip down to his boxer-briefs and grind on her. Additionally, before his song “How Can I Become a Bawlaa,” Dicky and his hype man GaTa passed a joint back and forth.
The show was innovative—some-thing completely expected out of such an intelligent rapper. As he gets more shows under his belt, Dicky seems to be becoming more and more of a performer, and less of a nerdy kid from Philly who raps. It is increasingly apparent that Dicky’s humorous rap style has found a niche in the rap com-munity that no one has previously filled adequately.
Yet true to form, Dicky could be found next to his merchandise ta-ble after the show, patiently signing autographs and talking to fans. No-body has told Dicky yet that he is famous—and even if they had, one can imagine he’d still be right next to his merchandise, because that’s just who he is.