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Shakin’ It With Sage the Gemini at the Crocodile


It’s unlike any other Wednesday night. I should be at home, studying for an exam I have in two days, I thought to myself. A few songs performed by a lineup artist later, I quickly changed this thought: this is exactly where I’m supposed to be tonight.


“And she gon’ shake it, like a red nose, li-li-li-li-like a red nose,” Sage the Gemini sang as the fog machine made it hardly possible to see Sage even with the bright strobe lighting focused on him.

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, Sage the Gemini appeared at the Crocodile in Seattle. This was the first time he was touring for himself, rather than as an opener for another artist. His most recent song, “Now and Later” can be attributed to this.

A hit-single “Red Nose,” released on May 19, 2012, reached numbers 14 and 10 on Hot R&B and Hip-Hop Songs. The YouTube video for this song, released June 10, 2013, hit 93,445,141 views.

The meaning being the song, “Red Nose” cleared up in the music video. By red nose, he means like a red nose pit-bull dog, which appear in the video. After the dog gets wet, the dog shakes. So, Sage is direct when he says that she’s going to shake it like a “red nose.”

From the shows I’ve been to, which to be fair, have been a handful, Sage the Gemini has been the most active with the audience. As those in attendance stretched their arms as far as possible trying to capture a photo of Sage with their phones, myself included, Sage would grab a phone and record himself on their Snapchat accounts. This is when I began to feel the push behind me. After the first time he did this, several others tried to put their phones out as close to him as they could, again, myself included. With the zero luck I have he never chose my phone but hey, he chose the one next to mine.

A few songs after appearing on stage, Sage the Gemini took his shirt off, threw it to someone in the audience and began singing, “Don’t You,” from his album, “Remember Me.”

This slow-paced song allowed him to slowly move his hand down to unbuckle his belt, “Yeah you’re bad and you know it don’t you.”

The room got hot as one of his fans standing next to me intentionally wet her lips to get Sage’s attention. It worked. Sage pointed her out and licked his lips. Everyone standing on the floor rather than on the balcony was under the age 21.

In 2014, Sage put together his first album, “Remember Me.” Aside from, “Red Nose,” this album produced another song that quickly hit the charts, “Gas Pedal.”

The crowd was jumping to his single, “Now and Later,” which appeared on Oct. 14, 2016. The music video pertaining to the song appeared on YouTube on Dec. 13, 2016.

“I can be a lifesaver, treat me like a jawbreaker, you got 31 flavors, baby,” Sage and the audience sings. “You can get this now and later, now and later.”

The song was inspired by a Now and Later candy, which he was eating at a time he had not had one in a while. It’s supposed to be written for a crush, a beautiful girl he’s come across. This was his way of writing her a love letter.

The upcoming album “Bachelor Party,” which this track belongs to, is to be released this year on Feb. 13. His owned labels, “Global Gemini” and “Atlantic Records” will be releasing it. A few other tracks confirmed to be in this album are, “Hands,” “It Ain’t My Fault” and “Hot Coffee,” featuring Chippass.

At the show, Sage covered a few songs from other artists, including Omarion’s “Post To Be,” allowing the audience to sing Jhene Aiko’s “but he gotta eat the booty like groceries” part. From how loud the audience was, I’m sure everyone knew the lyrics.

The lineup to this show included Derek King, who set the mood for the rest of the show. One of his singles, “Jump,” features Sage the Gemini. Later in the show, King came back out to the stage to perform it with Sage. A Disk-Jockey present at the show surprised me as he played the song “Gasonlina” by Daddy Yankee.

As he closed the show, the audience asked for more, but he declined and simply thanked Seattle for hosting him.

Yesenia may be reached at
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