Young Thug has created a uniquely odd recipe for success, based on the fact that you can be as eccentric as possible; as long as you have the talent to justify it. Say what you want, but the kid has it, whatever it is that may exactly be.

Yet on Thursday night, something was amiss when promoters Geo Digital, News ENT and The Come Up joined forces to bring the Thug to Houston’s well used Warehouse Live. Often plagued by sound issues, the venue fell victim again as the “Lifestyle” emcee paused several times to have it adjusted before launching into his actual set.

The energy that spawned hits like “Danny Glover,” “Stoner” and more was just gone. Keeping it casual, it was at times hard for the crowd to distinguish whether Young Thug’s really as laid back as reported or just wasn’t into the show itself.

Kicking off his set with Houston’s own Trae Tha Truth, the duo ran straight into Trae’s “Try Me” before Thugga went through “About The Money,” “Lifestyle” and more. Local artist Sherro did an excellent job of hosting the event, keeping the show running smoothly as the always popular 93.7 The Beat jock DJ Mr. Rogers mixed like a master.

There’s a movement underway in Houston, and it’s known as The Sauce Twinz. The duo is infectious, recently taking over Texas airwaves following a string of recent singles and their In Sauce We Trust project. “Yayo” rapper Snootie Wild also made a surprise appearance, injecting life back into the crowd while they counted down until Thug was able to hit the stage.

This may have been an off night or simply the growing pains of a less seasoned artist. Though there’s no denying his talent, Houston will need another opportunity to get the full experience of it.