Sevyn Streeter shuffled in the background for quite some time. After a few girl group breakups and stiff record deals in the early 2000s, she became a highly sought-after songwriter, going on to scribe hits for artists like Ariana Grande, Estelle and her frequent collaborator/ label head Chris Brown. During her performance at S.O.B.’s on Monday (Mar. 24) in New York City, the CB Entertainment signee showed that she was ready to emerge from behind the pen and pad.
With the help of two male background dancers, Sevyn graced the stage in a sheer black ensemble and made her 2013 Call Me Crazy But… EP come alive in the nighttime. As soon as the “Call Me Crazy” beat dropped, cheers rang out and iPhones rose to the occasion.
Soon, she turned up the heat at the intimate venue and combed through the audience for a special male to bring on stage, choosing Grammy-nominated singer and former The Wire star Mack Wilds. As Sevyn sang the risque “Sex on the Ceiling”, she turned the stage into a makeshift bedroom as she straddled, stroked and caressed the Staten Island crooner (below).
The 26-year-old songstress then delivered the obvious crowd favorite, “B.A.N.S”. For those not familiar with the acronym, Sevyn Stans quickly put folks on by belting out, “Bitch ass niggas!”
Even a hype male fan screamed, “That’s my shit!”
Sevyn continued to serve up crowd-pleasers took the time to pay tribute to her idol and R&B homegirls. The Florida native cranked out Keyshia Cole’s riffy hit “Love”, Rihanna’s “Stay”, Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” and replaced Jhene Aiko on Drake’s “From Time.”
She then changed clothes into a plaid black-and-white shirt and KTZ Caviar sweatpants for the turn-up portion of her set. After the DJ played some Ty Dolla $ign, A$AP Ferg and Breezy joints, her dancers hit that “Nae Nae”, and she did another ode to Bey with a choreographed piece to “Yonce”.
Before the final curtain call, Sevyn returned to her own catalog. As she launched into her Chris Brown-assisted “It Won’t Stop”, she praised her fans for their support. “I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” she said. “If it wasn’t for ya’ll this song would not have been number one for nine weeks.”
She saved her ex for last by closing with “nEXt,” a track about her former flame becoming a future problem, which is set to drop a visual to the remix with Kid Ink soon. Given her insane track record, you can call Sevyn crazy, but if crazy is wrong, we don’t want her to be right.—Tanay Hudson
Photo Credit: Derek Blanks, SOBs