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Westside Boogie: Tiny Desk Concert

Westside Boogie's obscure declaration before the final song of his set indicated his detailed knowledge of Tiny Desk concerts. "I gotta be the first person to bring kids to NPR, right? No, I'm not," he exclaims. "I gotta be the first one with kids in costumes, though." He's correct. American Football brought a children's choir to the Desk in 2019, so Boogie added flair to that idea for the climactic end to his show. The "superheroes" accompanying him for "Silent Ride" are local Washington, D.C., children representing the future. The vulnerable and solemn nature of this Compton poet's music required minimal adjustment to fit into our space.

"Oh My," the song that reeled us back to 2015, was atypical of what he does naturally in the booth. He finds comfort in laying bare vivid images of his personal life, much of which delves into his relationship struggles yet beams with self-awareness and self-criticism. The title of his latest project, More Black Superheroes, is in part dedicated to two recurring themes in his music: his neighborhood and his son. For his Tiny Desk, he played songs from that album, including "NONCHALANT," featuring former Tiny Desk Contest contestant Mamiiand other highlights from his catalog. After the performance, in a full-circle moment, Boogie signed a poster from our 2015 SXSW showcase, which he was part of, telling us it was his first paid show.

SET LIST

  • "N*** Needs"
  • "Lolsmh"
  • "STUCK"
  • "NONCHALANT"
  • "Silent Ride"
  • MUSICIANS

  • Westside Boogie: vocals
  • Mamii: vocals
  • Slimwav: keys, musical director
  • Andre Brown: bass
  • Marlon Allen: guitar
  • Jordan Hemby: drums
  • Monroe Grant: choir
  • Kamiya Washington: choir
  • Kamille Washington: choir
  • Donell Jones: choir
  • Jace Price: choir
  • Jordan Perkins: choir
  • Jaxon Staley: choir
  • TINY DESK TEAM

  • Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Director: Maia Stern
  • Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
  • Creative Director: Bob Boilen
  • Editor: Sofia Seidel
  • Videographers: Maia Stern, Beck Harlan, Sofia Seidel, Pierre Kattar
  • Audio Assistant: Kwesi Lee 
  • Production Assistants: Jill Britton, Alanté Serene
  • Tiny Desk Team: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Kara Frame, Joshua Bryant, Ashley Pointer, Teresa Xie
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
  • Copyright 2023 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

    Bobby Carter
    Bobby Carter is a leader on the Tiny Desk Concerts team for NPR Music. He's brought an ever growing roster of big names and emerging artists through NPR's HQ to squeeze behind the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and record standout performances, including Usher, Mac Miller, Noname, Anderson.Paak and H.E.R.

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