Various festivals for the summer seemed to have been clouded by controversy and loss! One of the huge ones was the Sweden assault arrest of rapper A$AP Rocky. Video evidence almost ruined the Harlem rapper's young career, weeks after being announced as the headliner of Real Street Fest. Just a week before the festival Rocky officially got the clear sentence to return to the United States and face trial the following week. Though Rocky's life was on the line based off of this decision, so was the fate of this first time festival. As soon as Rocky's release was announced, ticket prices rose for the Real Street Fest. The second-day crowd camped at the North stage prepping for Rocky's return. Rocky put on an amazing set that left and everlasting statement on the new California contending festival. Performing his usual mosh pit sets from tapes "Testing" and "Long Live A$AP", Rocky was a great closing for the weekend. Joining him on stage was close friend Tyler the Creator, fellow A$AP members A$AP Ferg and A$AP Twelvy.
Big Sean is an amazing rapper and performer that unfortunately gets caught in the underrated scene. After being wrapped in an almost four-month long entanglement of relationship problem, fans questioned what Big Sean was going to bring to the stage. The Detroit rapper performed past hits "IDFWU", "Moves", and more. During the crowded performance, Big Sean noticed on two occasions that a couple of fans needed medical attention. He managed to used his platform to halt the show and request direct medical services for the injured fans. Though the mishap took about 15 minutes away from his performance, he managed to close the show out the best way possible with new hit song "Single" and fan favorite song "Blessings".
This female rapper's rise to fame has been an amazing real life Cinderella story. Her rise however, often has fans questioning the talents of Cardi B. Anaheim fans were finally able to believe the hype as she performed as the second headliner of the Real Street Fest. Cardi B indeed stole the show from the big boys this evening as she connected with the female crowd members performing hits from "Invasion of Privacy". With a great sense of humor, energetic background dancers, and back-to-back hits Cardi B's set was both enjoyable and memorable.
Since his release, Meek Mill has been having an amazing year! From almost becoming the laughing stock of hip-hop to being a now activist for prison reform, Meek Mill is transforming his career as a memorable figure in rap. The Philly rapper was unfortunately about ten minutes late to his set but, after his performance all was forgiven. Meek performed songs from his past with amazing background visuals. Some of these songs include: "House Party" and "Litty". He also performed hits from his latest release "Championships". Meek's most memorable song was his closing performance of "Dreams and Nightmares" which left the crowd's voiceless for the following morning.
Meghan Thee Stallion
Another female rapper on the list that stole the show was Megan Thee Stallion. Her success story is currently in the making as she just recently has been becoming a household name of female rap. Stallion's summer has been incredibly busy with her entry in this year's XXL freshman list and successful album release. Though her name is on the tip of everyone's tongues this "Hot Girl Summer" was still booked as a secondary act of the evening. In doing so she had only about 20 minutes to perform for the Anaheim crowd. She performed songs from "Fever" including "Realer" and "Cash Sh*t". She also reintroduced fans to her first studio album release "Tina Montana". This Houston rapper proved to be a steady rapper all while dancing and utilizing her titanium knees throughout the whole performance.
Trippie Redd utilized his large fan base to steal the show at Real Street Fest! The electric-wave sound cloud rapper was booked on a largely based list of trap based rappers . This, however, became his strength. Loyal Trippie Redd fans showed up and showed out for the raging teenager. Redd performed hits from debut album "Life's A Trip" and from breakout mixtape "A Love Letter to You". Redd is surprisingly talented and has amaging energy that is untouched on stage. Did we also forget to mention how amazing his live voice is!
Last but not least is the legendary performance of 2 Chainz, the only performer throughout the two-day fest to perform with a live band. The Atlanta rapper was for sure the veteran of the line up , but proved to be a topping act. Atlanta's own revealed his strong category of hits including collabs with Drake and Arianna Grande. The rapper managed to turn the festival in the late '00s party by keeping the energy thriving throughout the whole night.
Snoop Dogg's inaugural summer festival was left with an unignored absence this year as fans couldn't help but to acknowledge the late great Nipsey Hussle. On March 11th, Instagram released the heavy hitting hip-hop line up including acts such as Snoop Dogg, YG, and The Game. It was also announced that Hussle would be one of the top acts as well. Unfortunately , twenty-days later Hussle was shot and killed in front of his clothing shop in Crenshaw. This left a noticeable hole in the Los Angeles based line up. How could the other acts recover as several of the artists were extremely close to the Crenshaw Crusader? Sticking to what Hussle knew best, the marathon indeed continued. On July 27-28, Once Upon A Time in the LBC threw a huge west coast party in memory of Hussle. Here are our top artists who stole the show at OUAT in the LBC.
Summertime in the LBC was the original installation brought together by Goldenvoive and Snoop Dogg. So ultimately, who else is the best person to start off this list. The Long Beach hip-hop legend through the city on his back nearly twenty-years ago and has been carrying it ever since. From boomboxes to flat-screen TVs, Snoop Dogg has since become a staple of pop culture. With his influence, he built a structure for artists to reconnect with their fans of all ages. Snoop closed off both festivals in high spirits. He performed classic hits such as "Nuthin' but a G Thang". "The Next Episode", and "Gin and Juice". Snoop also stuck to his roots performing Doggystyle with a mic in the left hand and a blunt in the right.
Veterans & New Artists
One thing the festival excelled at was blending both upcoming and veteran artists. The grand stages at the festival connected with audience members from all walks of life. Old School versus new school, Black versus Hispanic, and many more. All of the artists capitalized on this opportunity. The Queen Mary stage enjoyed music from the early 90s courtesy of Kieth Sweat, Bone Thugs N-Harmony, and Warrem G. They also saw classic performances from the Mary Jane Girls, Lisa Lisa, the Dramatics and Zapp. Eventually the stage transitioned to the early 00s with Lil Rob, Baby Bash, Too Short, and Jon B. Los Angeles rapper The Game decided to represent both eras of music by performing music from The Documentary and newer projects that he's been working on to date. Newer artists who took the stage this year was OT Genesis and Blueface.
As a stand alone performance, RnB artist Ginuwine made waves this weekend. Ginuwine is sadly one of those artist that never got the respect that they deserved. He came out in all white with two powerful background singers, taking audience members back to the times of great rhythm and blues performances. One thing that was incredible to hear is that his voice is still there! He performed classics "Difference", "Anxious", and event "Tripping". During his set you can feel the love in the crowd as couples slowed dance to the soulful spirit of the artist. He even proved that he still had it on the dance floor while performing "Pony", Surprisingly these are just the few of the many songs that Ginuwine performed during his 45 minute long set.
Very seldom we are able to acknowledge that we have an artist bucket list- a list of artists we are dying to see, Eventually we'll make an article of our list ,but that's a whole other story. This festival we were able to cross off someone on our list and that was DMX. The man, the myth, the enigma, DMX is one of our favorite artist, so seeing him live made history. The energy that this man continually brings on stage is unheard of from a rap artist. Coming out in a long white tee and Timberlands, DMX certainly brought the east coast to west side festival. The Dog's raspy voice never broke grasp of the crowd with hits like "X Gonna Give it to Ya", "Where the Hood At" and "Get It on the Floor". DMX performed hits that we forgot was ever his, proving that this artist has a closet full of great music. No he did not perform "Rudolph, the Red Nose Reindeer", though the crowd did request it. He brought out his energy in the fan section by walking up and down the aisles. Closing the performance, DMX prayed for the crowd and for the remembrance of Nipsey Hussle and all of the fallen soldiers of music.
With Nipsey Hussle's death being the forefront of this year's festival, all eyes were on YG. Despite their gang affiliations, these two men were one in the same. Two boys from South Los Angeles, who used music as a way to escape their circumstances. With this similarity, they became super close in sharing ideas, music, and projects. It was obvious that Hussle's death hit the Bompton rapper pretty hard. YG is a man of wonder who believes in putting other younger rappers on to game before others catch their hype. Before his set, he brought out friend and fellow rapper RJ to perform a couple of hits from Ommio. He also brought out Oakland artist Kamiyah. Mind you both artists (RJ and Kamiyah) had their own sets earlier throughout the day, but YG thought it was only right to push the artists before his set as he drew in the larger crowd. After YG finally took the stage to perform his usual top hits "BPT", "I Wanna Party", and many more. The young artist of course recognized Hussle by performing two of their collabs. The LBC crowd was mixed with both Black and Brown, so it was only right for YG to do his latest hit celebrating Latino culture, "Go Loko'. In this performance he brought out a mariachi band, while still sticking to his Westcoast two step. Though we have seen YG several times, this was one of his most memorable performances to date. It is beyond amazing to see how this man has grown as a street local rapper to a international artist all while continue to be himself.
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Under the surface of thousands of influencers and overpriced tickets, Coachella is popular because of its appreciation for music. The original Coachella Music and Arts Festival was started to expose indie artists looking for a jump in their cult following. The first fest in 1999 featured headliners Beck, Tool and the Rage Against the Machine. As the years past and profits rose, the line up became bigger and busier. Showcasing more than just rock stars and country pop, the line up saw the likes of Jay Z, Prince, and many more. After last year's astounding Coachella or should we say "Beychella" attendees were ready to see who sets the bar for the 2019 festival. Though many were disappointed with this year's line up, many artists proved their talents and the grand stage. Here are our top artists who stole the show at Coachella '19.
Even before hitting the stage Ariana Grande made history becoming the youngest headliner ever. She also is only the fourth female headliner of the festival. The young singer has been having a successful 2018-2019, with her tour and Sweetener album release. Her performance included hits from the album "Thank You, Next", "7 Rings", and "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored". Just when we thought her performance was already amazing she brought out everyone's fave 90's boy band 'NSync. Though without Justin Timberlake, Grande proved to be a great addition to the band's reunion. Other reunions and special guests appearing in her hour-long performances were Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, P Diddy and Mase.
In 2019's Coachella, BLACKPINK became the first ever female K-Pop group to perform at an American festival. K-Pop has been stealing the music scene thanks to the girl group and fellow performers BTS. The South Korean quartet has a successful Coachella debut with their already international fan base becoming even larger. The group performed numbers from their recently released ep Kill this Love. After this performance, we are guaranteeing that these ladies US exposure is going to go above the roof.
This is Billie Eilish's time ! If you don't believe so, do us a favor and watch her weekend 1 and 2 Coachella performances. She is currently topping the Billboard Artist 100 chart and had her first experience at Coachella 2019. The 17-year old pop star showcased her amazing vocal range performing hits from When We Fall Asleep , Where Do We Go. Joining her on stage for her performance was Long Beach's own Vince Staples.
Childish Gambino's star power shined as he used Coachella to maximize all of his many talents. His first venture for the weekend was his Coachella release of his new film starring him and Rihanna. "Guava Island" was introduced camping style to fest goers in an island themed tent. For those who missed Glover's directional debut the film is now streaming on Hulu. A second venture that the rapper/actor tackled this weekend was his new shoe partnership with Adidas. At Adidas' exclusive pool party, attendees got a sneak peek of the Childish-inspired shoes. Continuing his momentum, Gambino closed Friday's Coachella with an incredible performance including top songs "Red Bone", "This is American" and "Feels Like Summer". His performance also featured a new song and an AR App experience.
Leave it to Kanye West to find his way as the topic of discussion for Coachella, even without performing weekend 1. In January, reports of West's cancellation of headlining the festival were shrouding Coachella. However, West's spiritual change allowed him to put on a spectacular performance for Weekend 2. Lately on Sundays, Mr. West has developed his own spiritual Sunday Service, where a choir would perform notable Gospel music and remixed hits. He decided to bring this experience to festival goers on Easter morning. The performance included several praise dancers and choir members performing "You are the Sunshine", "Father Stretch My Hands" and "He has Risen". West performed with the choir a couple of his own versions of his top hits "Jesus Walks" and "All Fall Down". West was also surrounded by friends and artists Kid Cudi, Ty Dolla Sign, Teyana Taylor and Chance the Rapper.
Khalid won big at this year's Coachella with his partnership with BMW for fan based events and amazing performance. The El Paso artist started his second Coachella experience by headlining BMW i's 2019 Road to Coachella campaign. In this project, the company showcased art inspired by the artist and fans got a chance to meet the main man himself. On stage, Khalid performed songs from hit albums Free Spirit and American Teen. Songs he performed included "Locations", 'OTW" and "Angeles" (which he paid tribute to Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle). Joining Khalid on stage was fellow young artist Billie Eilish for the duo's hit "Lovely", Normani for 'Love Lies" and Halsey for "Eastside".
This band's selection as the day 2 headliner caused a lot of commotion on social media platforms. For Weekend 1, several Instagram trolls got their questions answered on who Tame Impala was. Every attendee without a doubt called the band;s performance the best of the night and the most trippy lighting in the festival's recent history. Australian funk-rockers Tame Impala performed new tunes using psychedelic visuals. For the groups second weekend performance they brought out A$AP Rocky. The band also announced a new US tour performing their greatest decade hits.
Last on our list is LA's very own YG, who took over "Boachella" weekend. The Compton native has had a rough last couple of weeks with the death of a longtime friend and fellow rapper Nipsey Hussle. The Crenshaw Legend's death clouded the festival's activities and several artists could not complete their set without the acknowledging of one of hip hop's greatest loss. No other performer did it like YG though. Videos and photos of Hussle took over the Sahara stage and showed that this whole set was going to be dedicated to him. All of this and it is his first time ever performing at the festival, YG had a lot of pressure and balls to go through with his performance. He performed his usual hits including "BPT", "My N*gga" and "Twist My Fingers". He then took audience members back to a time where the young rapper was just a struggling teenager in Compton with his 2009 hit "Toot it and Boot It". In honor of Hussle, he performed their collab tracks the controversial "FDT" and "B*tches Aint Sh*t" with Tyga coming out as well. Just when you thought the performance was finished, he closed the show with 2018's song of the summer "Big Bank" with Big Sean and 2 Chainz. This performance proved YG's performance and celebrity factor as the rapper blended sentimental, political and powerful elements all while still having a great time.