Rapper and comedian Lil Dicky came to the Chameleon Club in downtown Lancaster Oct. 18 to promote the impending release of his new album “Professional Rapper.” Each and every member of the audience in attendance that night can now agree, Dicky can now definitively be called just that.
Fans from as far as New York and Virginia waited in line to see the Cheltenham, Pa. native on the final stop of his “Professional Rapper” tour, which began back in September on the west coast. The tour was the second since his career kicked off with his debut mixtape “So Hard,” released in April 2013.
The man who goes by nicknames including but not limited to “LD,” “Firm Handshake,” “Mr. Leftward Sloping Penis” and “Yung Dick,” brilliantly blends the arts of comedy and rap. If Bo Burnham and Childish Gambino ran at each other really fast, collided, were spliced together and the end result converted to Judaism, you’d get Lil Dicky. Dicky, whose real name is David Burd, has the wit and humor of Burnham with the legitimate rapping ability of Gambino. Instead of rapping about the number of women he’s slept with (four, according to him) or growing up on the streets, Lil Dicky instead spits about his upper-middle class upbringing, the advantages of being a white male and the drawbacks of not being as well endowed as some other rappers may claim to be.
Lil Dicky broke onto the rap scene April 25, 2013, when he released his first video on Youtube for his song “Ex-boyfriend.” Previously unknown to the general public, Dicky blew up immediately. The song currently has over 7 million views on Youtube. He followed up by posting the rest of “So Hard” on Youtube, many of which have accompanying videos.
His most recent release, “Lemme Freak,” is the first song made public off of “Professional Rapper.” It amassed over 2 million views in two weeks. Fast forward to Saturday night when the Chameleon Club was alive with chants of “L-D, L-D, L-D,” eagerly awaiting the man who bills himself as “the voice of the voiceless.”
After a brief opening act, DJ Omega took over to pump the crowd up for the main attraction. Omega, who has been touring with Dicky, played a few mixes of his own, complete with record scratching throughout.
At one point, he asked that the crowd release their inner white person and played “Jump Around” by House of Pain. After a few more remixes and a few more plugs to follow him on Instagram, DJ Omega gave the stage to Lil Dicky.
A projector aimed at the backdrop showed a video introducing LD to pump the crowd up—as if it was necessary—before the man himself walked onto the stage to the deafening sound of screams from the audience.
Clad in his typical athletic jersey—this time a throwback Bo Jackson Royals jersey—and cut-off sweatpants, he strutted to the stage and jumped right into “Jewish Flow,” a song off of “So Hard.” He mixed multiple crowd favorite songs from his mixtape in with songs off of his unreleased album. Included were classics such as “Too High,” a song about exactly what you’d expect, and unreleased sure-to-be-hits such as “White Crime,” a song about criminal activities including bringing a few too many ounces of shampoo on a flight.
A defining moment for LD occurred when he asked that a lady come to the stage and sit in a chair he pulled aside specifically for her. When the backtrack for “Lemme Freak” started, the crowd exploded with screams. Dicky proceeded to “serenade” the woman who became noticeably flustered as he removed his cut-off sweatpants to reveal his jockeys, which he remained in for the remainder of the show.
He slipped his shorts back on and walked off stage, spurring chants of “one more song, one more song” from the crowd. In the seconds between his exit and his reappearance for the encore the crowd knew that the one song he had yet to perform, the song that kicked off his career was inevitable.
The final two words of his hit “ex-boyfriend” sung passionately into the mic perfectly echoed the thoughts of many of the concert-goers as one of the most lively, exciting concerts the Chameleon Club ever had came to a close.