New year, new location, new lineup, but the one thing that didn’t change is the amazing experience that Rolling Loud provides to fans in Miami. Now held at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, the world’s premiere rap music festival kicked off Day 2 on Saturday afternoon.
Fans in attendance on Saturday were able to enjoy performances from Travis Scott, the Migos, Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, Lil Pump, Fetty Wap and many more, so needless to say the day was lit from the moment gates opened until La Flame shut it down.
Yesterday marked the second day of Chicago’s Freaky Deaky 2016. With everyone in their best Halloween costumes, fans were prepared to keep the momentum going from the memorable opening night on Friday. Now in its second year at its new location at Toyota Park, fall’s elite Chicago music festival delivered again this year! Freaky Deaky fans last night saw sets from DJ Khaled, A$AP Ferg, iLoveMakonnen, Metro Boomin and many more, and we were there to capture the best moments.
Check out the photos of what the second day of Freaky Deaky had to offer, courtesy of our contributing photographer Jesus Montero.
Chicago and React Presents don’t subscribe to the notion that music festivals need to end in the summer, and that’s why the Windy City’s Halloween themed music festival, Freaky Deaky, is returning for another year. Last year Freaky Deaky got to see live performances from Bassnectar, Armin Van Buuren, Pretty Lights, 2 Chainz, Logic, Vic Mensa, Flying Lotus and more, and this upcoming Halloween weekend (October 28-30) fans get to enjoy an even bigger and better lineup.
Coming to Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL this year for Freaky Deaky will be your favorite names in electronic music like Disclosure, DJ Snake, Tiesto, Snails and more. Rap fans will get their fair share at Freaky Deaky as well, including performances from Travis Scott, DJ Khaled, Lil Dicky, ‘Panda’ rapper Desiigner, Metro Boomin and Schoolboy Q, just to name a few.
Check out the promo video and full lineup below, and don’t wait until October, get your wristbands now at FreakyDeakyHalloween.com.
Milwaukee was in for a treat Friday night, as Chicago’s Chance The Rapper was just 90 miles north of home for the sixth date of his Family Matters Tour. With supporting sets from Save Money‘s Towkio, ‘Cha Cha’ singer/rapper D.R.A.M. and mega producer Metro Boomin, the ATL genius most recently known for his work on Drake and Future’s collaborative project, What A Time To Be Alive, Chance’s Milwaukee fans definitely left with their money’s worth after the sold out show.
While The Rave, the venue for tonight’s performance, was host to several different venues and concerts within the building Friday evening, Chance’s fans were the ones to show up in numbers. Competing with headlining concerts from Owl City and Seven Lions, Wisconsin Avenue was met with waves of Acid Rap tees and Social Experiment gear. And those smart enough to get there early definitely were rewarded, as Towkio performed an energetic 25-minute set, showcasing some of his best tracks from his 2015 LP .wav Theory. Towkio’s set was followed by Virginia artist, D.R.A.M., and while he may not be on your radar yet (although he should be), you have certainly heard Drake’s remix of his record ‘Cha Cha’, with the 6 God’s chart topping ‘Hotline Bling’.
Then to warm up the crowd for the main event, Metro Boomin gave a wild 40-minute DJ set, full of some of his biggest tracks. After his set, Milwaukee wanted more and more they received. Giving no less to his sister city of Milwaukee than he gave recently at his acclaimed performances at Austin City Limits and Pitchfork, Chance blew the sold out crowd away. With energetic performances of his biggest records, including a number of tracks from Acid Rap, as well as a variety of other records, fans could have cared less that the world is still patiently awaiting Chance’s next solo project. For Chance’s 90 minutes on stage, the energy and vibes during his performance could not have been rivaled by any other stage at The Rave, nor any other venue. This marks the 7th time I have seen Chance perform live, six of those with setlist’s dominated by Acid Rap, but I’d see him again tomorrow if I could.
Check out our photos below and be sure to visit ChanceRaps.com to see if Chance is coming to a city near your before the tour concludes in Los Angeles on November 25th.
It’s official: In the year 2015, the concept of the mixtape is officially dead. The entire EP/LP/mixtape distinction has become so goddamn ambiguous and loosely attributed to a vast amount of projects to the point of no return, and with the release of their collaborative “mixtape” that was sold on iTunes and featured on streaming services, hip-hop megastars Future and Drake have provided the final nail in the coffin as they are projected to sell 500,000 copies of What A Time To Be Alive in their first week. Yes, their “mixtape” just sold more copies in it’s first week than Kanye and Jay Z’s polished, much publicized, artful collaboration “album”, Watch The Throne. Ye and Hov had a-list guests such as Beyoncé and Frank Ocean, and had a legion of the world’s greatest producers at hand to pitch in. They also had Ricardo Tisci, the creative director for Givenchy, design the album’s luxe and innovative art and packaging. Future and Drake, on the other hand, threw together eleven tracks in six days with beats almost entirely from Metro Boomin. Also, the cover art for the project is literally a cropped Shutterstock image.
No, we’re not making that up. But the truth is, this is the first time in hip-hop history that the two undisputed hottest rappers of the time have joined forces to materialize a project in the middle of both of their own respective hot-streaks. Future is coming off a legendary run with some of the most high-octane mixtapes we’ve ever heard and an incredible album effort just months ago with DS2. In the red corner, Drake is coming off his own scorching mixtape and highly-successful mini-tour with If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late—a project that many critics and fans credit with being the most potent, dense, and interesting offering Drizzy has ever released. Although the accolades were seemingly already written with just the announcement of the project, the real question remains: What A Time To Be Alive might have been a commercial cash-grab and a creative lay-up, but is it good?
The first thing you hear as you press play on What A Time is not Drake nor Future. Instead, it’sa fade-in of one of the most distinct producer tags of 2015—Young Thug incoherently saying, “Metro Boomin’ want some mo’, n*gga” as these cheap, FL Studio synths begin to buzz in a trance, introducing the abrasive introduction, ‘Digital Dash’. Before you know it, the beat unexpectedly drops and Future is running with the baton. He mumbles and stumbles with a familiar flow before building his verse into a more articulate result, one that is reflective and sobering, ironically about his vices and drug use. “When I was sleepin’ on the floor you shoulda seen how they treat me/I pour the Actavis and pop pills so I can fight the demons” he says, all before Drake cuts in to add his own grit and structure. It’s right off the rip that you realize Drake might be adding his own flavours, but all in all, he’s playing Future’s game. With context, you will realize that this tape was recorded in a matter of days in Atlanta, over beats by Future’s in-house producers. There’s one 40 beat that serves as the intro. There’s absolutely no sense of Toronto within this project. Instead, Drake uses his bars all over this tape to exercise escapism, and adapt to his surroundings.
Every song on this tape screams Atlanta. There is barely any unorthodox moments, curveballs or occasions that will have you impressed by innovation. Metro is doin’ Metro. Southside is doin’ Southside. Even 40 does 40. Drake and Future do little to step out of their respective boxes too, but they do flaunt their particular artistic quirks from time to time. Slapper ‘Jumpman’ sees the return of Drake’s ‘6 Man’ flow and as much as it’s a stylistic lay-up, the fact is, it’s a sonic slam dunk. Standout “Diamonds Dancing” features Future crooning back to his Honest days, serving as a traditional ballad all until Aubrey comes in and breaks down the song with an almost Take Care-era demeanour. As the drums fade out, Drake is left with a simple chord progression as he moans about a woman that left him to dry as he gets his chance to air her out on the track. “Ungrateful,” he croaks in an almost drunken state, all before my personal favourite: “Your momma be ashamed of you”.
The flows can catch you off guard, though. Future’s slow, leaned out flow is a great juxtaposition next to Drake’s hyperactive delivery on ‘I’m the Plug’, and even on ‘Live From the Gutter’, Drake morphs the track with a flow sounding like just about any other southern rapper, but he beats them at their own game. It might sound unfair, but Drake has the charisma to say what anyone else can say better than they could. Throughout all the controversy of ghost-writers lately and regardless of whether or not Drake gets some help with writing, the truth still stands: It’s not what you say, but how you say it, and Drake will have you beat every single time. Still, Drake is not even the most prominent rapper on this tape. This is definitely more of a welcome addition to Future’s project-streak than Drake’s. As previously mentioned, this project was conceived in Future’s home plate and done at Future’s work pace, and it definitely sounds like it. Future uses his home-court advantage as leverage and burns through the tape with every bar sounding natural and effortless, all while Drizzy rides shotgun.
Drake uses the album’s outro, ’30 for 30 Freestyle’ as his real message to the outside world. He conversationally spits about handling the Meek drama like a champ, still being on top despite actual conspiracies from industry powers to dethrone him, and reflecting through his life and his growth as a person—all over top of gentle, elegant keys with a kick pounding like a heartbeat, courtesy of none other than 40. It’s here where Drake comes down from the escapism of being in Atlanta and playing by Future’s rules for a short amount of time, all while he sobers up on his sonic journey back to the sounds of Toronto. It was during this final piece of the project that I saw What A Time To Be Alive’s true value—not as a polished, cohesive piece of art, but as a gritty, fast-paced journey through the spoils, vices and emotions that a weekend in Atlanta can evoke. So, use this wisely as the current soundtrack to a night on the town, or as music to drive through the city to, but don’t mistake this project for being something that will stand the test of time and be a sonic culture-shift for hip-hop. It will probably have a legacy based off the numbers and the sheer details surrounding the mixtape, and truth be told, this project is definitely more of a moment than a timeless addition in Future and Drake’s respective careers. However, as a soundtrack of right now, what else could you ask for?
A little bit of legal trouble isn’t going to stop the Migos from releasing their forthcoming debut album. Y.R.N.: Tha Album is set to release this month (July 31st), and today we have a new single from the album, titled ‘Pipe It Up’. Takeoff kills it on this one, which is produced by Atlanta’s own, Metro Boomin. Stay tuned for the LP and our review to come soon after! But meanwhile, let the new track tide you over.
Don’t worry, Odd Future didn’t actually break up (well not really), and here is some new OFWGKTA for you, this time from Hodgy Beats. The new autotuned record, titled ‘ISWEARHB’ has an epic team of producers, with production from Young Chop, Metro Boomin and Sonny Digital. Check it out for yourself, you don’t need the producer tags and drops to tell that three of music’s hottest producers played a role in this beat.
In what may have been the hypest concert that Wisconsin has ever seen, G.O.O.D. Music’s Travis Scott and Rich Gang rapper Young Thug brought their energetic Rodeo Tour to The Rave in Milwaukee. After a turnt set by Atlanta producer/DJ Metro Boomin, to keep the crowd live, Scott and Thugger tag teamed sets, each performing a few songs at a time, and also performing a number of their collaborations together. Possibly the highlight of the night was when the two performed Travis Scott’s track ‘Mamacita’, off Scott’s Days Before Rodeo project (one of our top projects of 2014). Check out our photos below, as The Early Registration was there to catch the best moments of the night, and if they are coming to a city near you do not miss out.
Listen to producers RL Grime and Salva’s remix of Travis Scott’s Day Before Rodeo track ‘Skyfall’ ft. Young Thug. RL Grime and Salva continue to blur the lines between electronic music and rap with this rework and you can stream the track below. Also be sure to catch Scott and Thugger on their upcoming RodeoTourwith Metro Boomin, kicking off March 1st in Santa Ana, CA.
You guessed it, OG Maco’s new 11-track EP 15 is here! 11 tracks may be a little much for an EP, but we aren’t the type to complain about getting more music. The project has production from Metro Boomin and TM 88, and can be streamed in its entirety below.