Show Review

pH-1 brought the roof down in electrifying maiden Singapore show

pH-1 shared a TMI about him that night: he brings a polaroid camera when he’s on tour.

Tan Kwang Yu

| March 12, 2023
pH-1 performing at the Singapore leg of his About Damn Time world tour. HallyuSG Photo: Nicole Quek

South Korean rapper pH-1 performed in Singapore for the first time ever, kicking off the Asian leg of his world tour at the Capitol Theatre.

Aptly titled About Damn Time, the show was definitely well worth the wait, as fans were served up a spectacle yesterday (11 Mar).

Unlike most other K-pop acts, pH-1 invited some local acts for his show.

Homegrown rap duo The Cold Cut Duo opened the show while local hip-hop artist ShiGGa Shay came by to belt out a track or two.

But truth be told, pH-1’s English was so fluent that he could well be mistaken as a local too. It’s no surprise though, as he studied and lived in the United States before his debut.

Throughout the two-hour set, there was no shying away from his infectious energy and stage presence. With stall seats removed, the theatre was instantaneously transformed to a mosh pit party.

The ground floor of the theatre transformed into a mosh pit party. HallyuSG Photo: Nicole Quek

“I’m very happy and honoured to be here to share my experience, my favourite songs and performing them for you guys on stage – it is a very special moment for me,” he shared.

To the delight of many, he performed some of his recent tracks like Zombies (2022), Tipsy (2022) and Yuppie Ting (2022), all from his latest album But For Now Leave Me Alone.

Unfortunately, his fans just can’t do that.

They were an enthusiastic bunch, and it’s evident that pH-1 loved that energy. But at times off-stage, he confessed that some alone time is needed too.

pH-1 spitting out rap verses to an enthusiastic crowd. HallyuSG Photo: Nicole Quek

He just completed the North America leg of his World Tour last month and is now on the road again in Asia. “I miss my home and my dog, Holly,” he revealed.

And that’s what his song Homebody (2018) encapsulates.

That could also be why he always brings along a polaroid camera when he’s on tour, to keep and share these precious memories.

“I do something for every city that I come to and I bring my Polaroid camera with me today,” he said.

He then took three photos on stage, which were later distributed to several lucky fans.

Without interrupting the flow of his set, he also performed a non-stop medley of Olaf (2019), Achoo (2020), Orange (2018) and The Purge (2020). His electrifying set served as a timely reminder on why he’s one of the rap masters on Boys Planet, an ongoing South Korean reality competition show.

He delivered a flawless and tireless display of his repertoire of works that night. And there’s just an unexplainable charm to him that leaves both fans and neutrals craving for more.

pH-1 performing live for Singapore fans. HallyuSG Photo: Nicole Quek

If this was a litmus test for pH-1’s burgeoning popularity and recognition for his talent in the scene, he undoubtedly passed.


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