The man born Ben Haggerty and production comrade Lewis topped the American charts without major label support, and this was a vibrant, if occasionally overly slick, display.
While his songs sometimes deal with concerns not often found in mainstream hip-hop (Same Love's support for gay rights and Wing$ critique of consumerism) there was still plenty of traditional pop star smarts on show, from clearly well-practised banter to a segment where he borrowed a jacket from a crowd member. As a performer, his movement was fast and fluid, and his wordplay came out crisply, while the trumpet-powered Crew Cuts and the bouncing, witty Thrift Shop provided early reasons for the crowd to jump around.
There was much to admire in the starkly confessional Otherside that began with just Haggerty's vocal, while the remainder tended to follow an arms-in-the-air template. It was mostly done well, but thriftiness wasn't limited to a song title. Despite a 90-minute set, he only performed a dozen numbers, and padded matters out by talking endlessly. If it wasn't a soliloquy on Glasgow's greatness then it was a discussion of his addiction problems, and the amount of chatter was a detriment.
The one speech that genuinely resonated was his introduction to Same Love, and his description of living in the biggest civil rights struggle "for our generation". The roars of approval that greeted those words, and the smart, snappy tune that followed served as a storming rebuttal to anyone who believes pop music can no longer speak on issues, or inspire a younger generation to listen.