In 2014 our Editor-in-Chief and lead photographer Dan Garcia teamed up with Pigeons & Planes to cover Lollapalooza, live at Chicago’s Grant Park. Returning to the festival the next year, Garcia got to witness some of the best moments from the premiere festival in the past couple years. Returning to Grant Park this year, Lollapalooza is expanding the festival to include a fourth date for its 25th Anniversary, and many expect festival organizers to release its best lineup yet by the end of the month. So to celebrate Lolla’s 25th Anniversary and built up anticipation until it’s forthcoming lineup is announced, we are sharing some of our favorite moments and photos from Lollapalooza since our publication’s inception.
Following an arguably weak year for albums, 2015 has seen a lot of great projects and many unexpected ones as well. While this year we saw the highly anticipated return of Adele, patient fans are still awaiting Frank Ocean’s sophomore album and Kanye West’s Swish. But where Frank and Kanye have left music fans hanging, new comers like Bryson Tiller, Alessia Cara, GoldLink, BOOTS, Halsey and more have put out some great albums to help kick off their relatively young careers. 2015 though was also a great year for some heavyweights, of course we’re referring to artists like Drake, Future, Kendrick Lamar and even pop superstars like One Direction and Justin Bieber. In just one day, November 13th, the music world saw more great releases than it did in a span of months in 2014. Cheers to hoping 2016 delivers as well as 2015 did!
It’s hard to nail down exactly where Raury is headed musically. His inaugural offering, 2014’s Indigo Child, stood as an artful project drawn with a muddied paintbrush creating pictures out of the fury, ambition, and hope that pairs with being an African-American youth by default. Raury’s music is unapologetically black, which may sound discernible but is clearly a controversial statement. Much of Raury’s criticism upon his introduction to music was that he was sonically amiable and geared to succeed as some sort of industry plant or synthetic pop machine, reaching at the fact that he’s a black kid from Stone Mountain, GA, but he dresses like he’s a hippie, caucasian dude with a guitar posted up at your nearest boardwalk. In other words, white music critics were complaining about how Raury’s music was too easy for white people to like.
Raury’s debut album, All We Need, is just three days away! And although the ‘God’s Whisper’ singer’s LP has now leaked, Raury tooked to Twitter to address the leak and to reward fans who are still holding out for All We Need‘s official release (October 16th via LoveRenaissance / Columbia Records). Speaking on the record, titled “demo 1: the sea” and which is not on the album, Raury simply told fans that this one is “about a girl.”
Raury’s debut album, All We Need, is just a week away (October 16th via LoveRenaissance / Columbia Records). And in anticipation of the forthcoming LP, and the follow up to Raury’s Indigo Child project, the ‘God’s Whisper’ rapper/singer from Atlanta has released All We Need‘s collaboration with Mississippi’s Big K.R.I.T. The record is titled ‘Forbidden Knowledge’ is produced by Malay.
Stream ‘Forbidden Knowledge’ below and check out our behind-the-scenes photos of Raury’s latest music video for ‘Friends’ here.
We are just a few weeks away from the release of Atlanta rapper/singer Raury’s debut album, All We Need, the follow up to his critically acclaimed mixtape Indigo Child. The LP will drop on October 16th and in promotion of the forthcoming project, Raury paid a visit to Stephen Colbert, as one of his first guests on The Late Show. The ‘Devil’s Whisper’ performance (which is the lead single from All We Need) also marked the 19-year-old’s first network television appearance.
Watch Raury’s powerful performance of ‘Devil’s Whisper’ below.
Raury’s debut album, All We Need, is less than a month away and today we have the closing track off the upcoming LP, ‘Friends’ ft. Tom Morello. And to promote the new record, Raury has also released its official music video, which documents Raury during his recent roadtrip from Atlanta to Chicago. During his summer roadtrip the Indigo Child rapper/singer traveled to the Windy City to invite his fans to play an impromptu game of kickball. Showing up for the game was rapper Taylor Bennett, Pat The Manager (Chance the Rapper’s manager) and some of Raury’s biggest fans. And we were there to catch some behind the scene photos.
Watch Raury’s video for ‘Friends’ below and check out our exclusive behind the scenes photos by our photographer Dan Garcia.
If you heard Raury’s debut project/mixtape Indigo Child, you probably told yourself that all we need is more music from this kid from Atlanta. Raury almost blew up overnight and out of nowhere in the rap world, even leading many to accuse the ‘God’s Whisper’ singer as being an “industry plant”, something that Raury has even joked about. But if you have been waiting to hear more from Raury, you won’t be waiting long, as he has announced his debut album, All We Need. With features from Big K.R.I.T., Key!, RZA and more, we can’t wait for this to hit iTunes on October 16th.
Check out the official album artwork and tracklist for All We Need below.
Atlanta rapper/singer Raury has been on a Chicago bound road trip for the past few days. After stops in Tennessee, Kentucky and Indianapolis, the ‘God’s Whisper’singer finally made his way to the Windy City. And how did Raury spend his day in Chicago (which is his first time here, not including his brief stop for Lollapalooza this month)? He whooped some ass in the classic American sport, kickball. Inviting his Chicago fans to an impromptu game at Holstein Park, fans got to play kickball with one of their favorite rappers (something that most people will never be able to say).
Overall, Team Atlanta took home the W, winning all but one game of the night. Chi-Town took home the final win though, for the much needed morale boost. And Raury wasn’t the only notable name in attendance either. Rapper Taylor Bennett (Chance The Rapper’s brother) and Chance’s manager Pat also came to test their kickball skills. Rappers take note, if you really want to redefine “giving back to the fans”, play a non-endorsed random game of kickball with them.
Check out our photos of Raury’s #RaurVsChicago Kickball Deathmatch below!
This month we wrapped up our second straight year at Lollapalooza. And while we already shared some of our favorite moments from the Windy City festival, we wanted to share more photos of some of our favorite performers at Lolla this year. In total we saw a number of great performances from The Weeknd, Sam Smith, Metallica, Kid Cudi, Paul McCartney, Tyler The Creator, Father John Misty, A$AP Rocky and Marina and the Diamonds, just to name a few.
Check out our fourth Lollapalooza Photo Series piece moments before Raury’s first Chicago performance, below.