Can't believe a whole week has gone by since Rhymesayers Entertainment held it down in Minnesota with their annual Soundset festival. A festival which in my opinion is one of the more entertaining festivals to go to each year. That mainly due to the amount of activity taking place inside Canturbery Park. It's literally the Hip Hop culture down to the tee. You got some of the biggest names in Hip Hop holding it down on several stages mixed with an array of beautiful cars lined up for the car show, and a live view of some of the more respected (street)artists in the game throwing down on an Ironlak sponsored P wall. You can bet that you'll be instore for a great time if the climate works in your favor.
Unfortunately for me...the weather didn't play nice this year. 2013 forced out the jackets and hoodies as a cold and gloomy atmosphere took over pretty much the entire day. Still that wasn't going to slow down or stop anyone from having a good time. So I made my rounds from end to end exploring, observing, and listening. This year I was fortunate enough to have caught a bit of every artist I was most looking forward to seeing take the stage. A hand full of them putting on a great set. Artists like Juicy J and Joey Bada$$ were among the few talents who kept a hype crowd. Other acts like Schoolboy Q and Mac Miller lost a few of us throughout their set.
Juicy J pretty much lived up to the performance I expected out of him. He kept his character and really got the crowd turned up performing hit records such as "Bandz A Make Her Dance," and Three 6 Mafia classics like "Stay Fly." Artists Joey Bada$$, Dizzy Wright, and A$AP Ferg were among some of the more impressive acts, who much like Juicy J kept me in tune throughout their entire sets. It's too bad I can't say the same about Mac Miller or Schoolboy Q who both lost me and a crowd of others throughout each of their sets. In my opinion Mac is just a terrible performer and Schoolboy Q just had his tracking all out of wack. I don't know about y'all....but I expect every performer to come with the hype and keep every fan engaged at an event as big as Soundset.
Overall I'd give the Rhymesayers crew a thumb and a half up for putting on yet another well executed fest. Their issues with press check in keeps the other half of the thumb however. Seemed as if they had quite a handful of issues in that department. Next year is another year though. I look forward to returning each May for several years to come. I only see this festival getting bigger and bigger as each year goes by.
As Memorial Weekend comes to an end I got a chance to see some great shows at the Metro.
This past Friday Juicy J, and A$AP Ferg performed live. I had to host a party at Big City Tap down the street so it kinda sucks I had to leave early. I only got a chance to catch 15 min of Juicy but caught all of A$AP. Here’s my .02 just as a listener.
A$AP comes out of the A$AP Mob of course. I’m really not super familiar with his music to be honest. Maybe because when you think anything A$AP you think Rocky. For some reason I was never curious to check any of his other crew. But, I think thats a good thing cause when I see an artist I judge them if they make me feel something. I listen to the lyrics, and how they interact with the audience. So, what I saw that night was 2 dudes dressed in light blue Pyrex hoodies and shorts rush the stage. Tons of energy and stage diving was the constant theme. I loved that. But, I just wasn’t really vibing the music. It was alot of the track playing in the background so it was hard to hear his voice on top of the music. The hype for me wasn’t really the tracks he performed but more the energy they brought onstage. In short for me it was more hype than vocal ability, and artistic presence.
Juicy J took the stage shortly after, and kicked it off with some bangers like “Show Out”. His presence is super dope. He doesn’t go insane and stage dive but it’s hard to explain. He just reads the crowd well and his little catch phrases we follow. He did “Codeine Cups”, and the crowd as expected knew every word. Juicy’s the type of artist I can watch and rock out to, but at the same time, totally just chill and listen to without being bored. His live performances are pretty entertaining. Maybe it’s all the damn “We Trippy Mane” shirts, or “Turnt Up” hats I see everywhere. Or, maybe it’s his constant love for strippers and strip clubs LOL.
A$AP Ferg reveals the new artwork for what's sure to be a buzzing hip hop track come Monday: the "Work RMX" featuring A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Trinidad Jame$, & Schoolboy Q. Who's lookin' forward to this one?
A$AP Ferg, gloriously pictured above, has just signed a big solo deal with RCA Records- the same label one A$AP Rocky signed to back in 2011. The latter had this to say:
"I'm just proud right now because this is everything we wished and hoped for. A$AP Ferg worked hard for this and I put all my faith and backing into him. I feel like ‘Work’ is our generation’s “Sippin On Some Syrup” [Three 6 Mafia feat. UGK] or “Chickenhead” [Project Pat feat. La Chat & Three 6 Mafia], it has that feeling."
- A$AP Rocky
Congrats to Ferg, whose current single is "Work" - and the video can be seen here.
And since I thought Parks & Rec was comin' back tonight (and it's not until next week), today's RANDOM GIF SMASH! is P&R and winter-related.