This past weekend, Toosii stopped by The Palladium in Times Square on the home stretch of his sold-out, 22-city NAUJOUR Tour. He released his self-titled debut album, NAUJOUR, back in June after his chart-soaring single, “Favorite Song,” breached the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 for the first time in his career.
The venue was a spacious, multi-level theater, originally constructed as a movie theater that opened in the early ’70s. As of 2005, it has formerly been known as Nokia Theater, Best Buy Theater, and PlayStation Theater until its 2020 rebranding as The Palladium. Normally, I dread going anywhere near Times Square, but Toosii is one of the few artists that has piqued my interest lately. Also, New York’s first Raising Canes location was conveniently placed next door earlier this summer, and I couldn’t just walk past it.
I thought I was late when I walked into the venue because I could hear the crowd chanting his name as I went down the escalator from the front entrance. I quickly rushed to the main floor so I could get to the photo pit until I got inside and realized that nobody was on stage yet, not even his DJ. The crowd’s energy in that moment was a clear indicator of the love his fans have for him.
Two songs into his set, the house lights came on, and he said, “Let me see those signs,” causing a frenzy as he reached over the barricade to grab fan-made signs from the audience to display around the DJ booth for the rest of the night. As he continued on with “Another Love Song,” someone threw a bra at his feet that was so massive he had to stop to address the fact that he didn’t know how to read bra sizes and couldn’t even guess what size it was.
Toosii put on a very entertaining and engaging show, as his charismatic stage presence was on full display from the first song. He even snuck off stage to enter through a side door that led directly into the upper section of the crowd, taking selfies and hugging frantic fans as he performed “heart cold.” Once he returned to the stage, he started to casually pick people from all around the venue to come on stage with him as he directed the security staff to escort them from wherever they are in the room to the stage. At one point, he had about 20 girls accompany him on stage to experience the show from his perspective.
The progress Toosii has made as an artist in the last couple of years is admirable. From closing out 2022 on an incredibly successful arena run with Rod Wave to releasing a chart-topping single, his spotlight continues to grow. Almost immediately after concluding the NAUJOUR Tour, Toosii will be back on the road this fall for a college tour with A Boogie wit da Hoodie.
Dedicated to my lovely Cialeigh Lynn.