2 Chainz @ Fillmore Silver Spring

SILVER SPRING, MD- January 19th, 2013 - Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz performs at the Fillmore SIlver Spring in Silver Spring, MD. 2012 was a banner year for the rapper. He was nominated for 13 BET Hip Hop Awards and three Grammy's as well as signing an endorsement deal with Adidas. ( Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

It’s not everyday that you get to cover a show by the hottest MC in the game. I don’t think anyone can argue that 2 Chainz was the hardest working rapper in the land with his incredible 2012. It seemed like every club banger had a “2 Chainz!” refrain in it somewhere last year.

SILVER SPRING, MD- January 19th, 2013 - Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz performs at the Fillmore SIlver Spring in Silver Spring, MD. 2012 was a banner year for the rapper. He was nominated for 13 BET Hip Hop Awards and three Grammy's as well as signing an endorsement deal with Adidas. ( Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

The crowd at the Fillmore was as hyped as any show I can remember seeing there. It was absolutely packed from front to back and the energy was palpable. This, of course, made for quite a show with lots of singalongs and call and response action between 2 Chainz and the crowd.

SILVER SPRING, MD- January 19th, 2013 - Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz performs at the Fillmore SIlver Spring in Silver Spring, MD. 2012 was a banner year for the rapper. He was nominated for 13 BET Hip Hop Awards and three Grammy's as well as signing an endorsement deal with Adidas. ( Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

I knew 2 Chainz was big, but on stage, oh boy. I was very glad to have my recently purchased 17-35/2.8. 2 Chainz spent a lot of time at the front of the stage and I’m not sure how much of him I could have fit in my 24-70/2.8. He’s THAT TALL. I went with the aforementioned 17-35/2.8 and 70-200/2.8 and that seemed to be a good combo.

SILVER SPRING, MD- January 19th, 2013 - Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz performs at the Fillmore SIlver Spring in Silver Spring, MD. 2012 was a banner year for the rapper. He was nominated for 13 BET Hip Hop Awards and three Grammy's as well as signing an endorsement deal with Adidas. ( Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

Lights and stage set up were great for this show. There was an LCD in front of the DJ and another on the back of the stage. I tried to incorporate them into my shots as much as possible, especially when they flashed the cover of 2 Chainz album. The photo pit was pretty crowded so I stuck to one side and went wide when he was on my side of the stage and zoomed in when he walked to the far side.

SILVER SPRING, MD- January 19th, 2013 - Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz performs at the Fillmore SIlver Spring in Silver Spring, MD. 2012 was a banner year for the rapper. He was nominated for 13 BET Hip Hop Awards and three Grammy's as well as signing an endorsement deal with Adidas. ( Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

This show was a great example of why I love to do this. Earlier in the week I shot Morrissey at Strathmore and a few days later, I’m shooting 2 Chainz a few miles away. You can’t beat that variety.

SILVER SPRING, MD- January 19th, 2013 - Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz performs at the Fillmore SIlver Spring in Silver Spring, MD. 2012 was a banner year for the rapper. He was nominated for 13 BET Hip Hop Awards and three Grammy's as well as signing an endorsement deal with Adidas. ( Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

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