Those who have followed Lucki for a longer time have a decent understanding of how he’s transformed as an artist, and a human, in the past 5 years. His music thematically pertains to his personal life, and where he sees himself fitting into everything. Witnessing 2022 Lucki is undoubtedly a surreal experience for any long-term fan. He is no longer a meager, frail, and fragile Lucki. He seemed content on stage, with where he is in life, and what he’s accomplished in his career. When rapping along to his older tracks, he often skipped over bars about sadness, resentment, and hunger – focusing his energy on spitting the more boastful bars, and reciting his stories of fast cars, clean drugs, and transient love.
When he was performing certain tracks from Almost There, Freewave 3, and Watch My Back, it was hard to look at Lucki without seeing an image of the past. Though this was my first time seeing him in the flesh, the images of Lucki’s past were as visceral as they could have possibly been. His lyrical content has historically been a window into his raw, unfiltered life – and most longtime fans feel like they have a personal connection to the Chicago rapper and his growth.
Hints of genuine happiness shined out from Lucki's presence. He's been vocal about his love for live shows, and after finally making it to one that didn’t get canceled, I can see why. There were moments, like when the DJ cut out the backtrack to “TUNE & SCOTTY" and the room was filled with an acapella chorus of audience members yelling about being geeked like Thugger, where Lucki’s smile was infectious.