Wiz Khalifa, Dave Matthews Band, Polo G and more dominated crowds at the last weekend of Milwaukee’s Summerfest 2021.
BY TER STAFF
Last weekend marked the third act of Summerfest 2021. While the late summer/early fall segmented format was certainly an adjustment for fans, the lakefront festival (as always) welcomed some of the biggest names in music.
And what a great finale this past weekend was as a number of major performers stopped by to deliver the return of live music to Milwaukee, including names like the Dave Matthews Band, Wiz Khalifa, Run The Jewels, Polo G and many more!
Check out some of our top moments from the third and final weekend of Milwaukee’s Summerfest 2021 below.
With non-stop winter storms and sub-zero temperatures, seasonal depression is at an all-time high in the Windy City, so what better excuse to get out of the house than some live music? Spring is just a couple months away, so to tide you over until the festival season there are a number of great performers coming to Chicago this week!
From country rising stars like Ryan Hurd and Walker Hayes to big rap names like Travis Scott and Wiz Khalifa, there is something for everyone in Chicago this week.
Check out our list of the 6 can’t miss concerts in Chicago this week!
R&B’s most exciting new duo, THEY., has dropped the official music video for their Wiz Khalifa assisted single ‘What I Know Now’.
Capturing the vibes from their live performances, with the creative direction of Amber Park, the new visuals are a must see for any R&B fan. ‘What I Know Now’ is from THEY.’s forthcoming Fireside EP, which is out November 9 and will contain features from Vic Mensa, Jessie Reyez, Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih and Gallant.
Watch the official music video for ‘What I Know Now’ below.
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.
Less than a month removed from 2016, we have compiled our list of our favorite concert tours from the past year, before we drop our list of our “Most Anticipated Tours of 2017”. And from huge grossing tours like Beyonce’s Formation Tour, Drake & Future’s record breaking Summer Sixteen Tour and of course Kanye’s Saint Pablo Tour, to some of the more (but equally entertaining) B-side tours, 2016 was a great year for live music.
Hit the jump and check out our list of our 10 Favorite Concert Tours of 2016!
Minutes ago, rapper and notorious tokers Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa packed the Hollywood Casino Bowl Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL. Dubbed “The High Road” Tour, not only did Wiz and Snoop bring two of the biggest weed advocates in music to Chicago (2nd and 3rd to maybe Willie Nelson), but they brought some great supporting acts, including the lovely and talented Jhene Aiko, Kevin Gates, Casey Veggies and DJ Drama. Top to bottom, the crowd was in for a memorable night from the very beginning.
With DJ Drama keeping the crowd live between sets, up first for the night was ‘Backflip’ rapper, Casey Veggies. Originally known for his affiliation with the Tyler The Creator-led collective, Odd Future, Casey has been all about his solo career for quite sometime now, and has been recently enjoying the success of his 2015 debut album, Live & Grow. With features from Dej Loaf, Tyler The Creator, YG, BJ The Chicago Kid and more, Veggies put out an impressive debut last year and tonight he performed a number of his records from his 2015 LP.
Following Veggies opening performance, the beautiful Jhene Aiko took stage for her Chicago fans. Your favorite rapper’s favorite guest singer, Jhene Aiko has laid down some memorable vocals for everyone from Childish Gambino and Big Sean to Drake, Omarion and many more. Most recently Aiko teamed up with Sean to form their duo, Twenty88, which came with an 8-track EP that released earlier this year. Don’t be under the impression though that Aiko only works best complementing the best rappers in the game, as her solo records are perhaps her best work. Tonight Aiko performed some of her best records, including ‘The Worst’ and ‘To Love & Die’, as well as other tracks from her debut EP, Sail Out, and her 2014 debut album, Souled Out. Aiko provides a nice change of pace from the rappers that takeover the tour’s lineup, but still provides a sound that rap fans across the board can enjoy.
Next up was ‘Really Really’ and ‘2 Phones’ rapper Kevin Gates, who brought performances from his 2015 debut, ISLAH’. Gates brought street rap straight from Louisana to Chicago tonight, and it was more than well received. With Snoop and Wiz’s headlining performance just minutes away, the crowd was ready to turn up the tempo and Gates got the amphitheatre off their seats.
And before fans had the opportunity to catch their breath after Gates turned up performance, it was time for Snoop Dogg to great his Windy City fans. Opening the solo portion of his set, Snoop Dogg started things on the highest note possible by blessing fans with performances of his classic records, including ‘Gin & Juice’ and ‘Nuthin’ But a G Thang’. And before you knew it, was time for Wiz to join Snoop on stage. If you’d expect two weed advocates like Snoop and Wiz to put on a slow paced and mellow performance together, you’d be greatly mistaken as the two performed together with especially high energy (no pun intended). While Snoop and Wiz both have casual and laid back personalities on-stage and off, their performance tonight was far from mellow, and gave fans everything they wanted and more.
Check out our photos from tonight’s stop on Merry Jane’s “The High Road” Tour below.
If Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg have two things in common, it’s their love for rap and their love for weed. So it was only right that the two go on tour this summer, and (pun intended) name it “The High Road” tour with Merry Jane as the sponsor. And if Wiz and Snoop weren’t reason enough to get excited for this one, they will have some great company on the road as the lovely Jhene Aiko and the always entertaining Kevin Gates and Casey Veggies will join them as very special guests.
The tour is set to kick off July 20th in West Palm Beach and will make stops throughout North America, including Toronto, Chicago, New York and many more, until the tour concludes in early September. Pre-sale starts today with the code MERRYJANE, so get your tickets here while you still can.
Check out the tour dates for “The High Road” tour below.
Amidst being bashed by everyone on social media these last couple days…wait that was just Kanye, but I guess he pretty much constitutes everyone; Wiz Khalifa has achieved an incredible amount of stardom throughout his relatively short career thus far. No one can deny him any of that. He may be corny, he may have particularly limited and noticeably recurring subject matter throughout his releases, but as it turns out, relatability lies in the same hole that people try to bury him in. Back in 2010, Khalifa put out a project that showed just how much of a force he was in hip-hop. Kush and OJ, was the concrete laid down over the path he had left behind that many thought would fade into a vestige of what was. It became a symbol of his confidence and marketability.
Before people even had the time to listen through the entire tape, its title became the most searched thing on Google and the number one hashtag on Twitter. From coast to coast, everyone had adopted a new breakfast tracklist and it proved too easy to digest to resist. The instrumentals which are regularly backed by the spark of a lighter regress to a state of smokiness that hazes into Khalifa’s, “everything is better when you’re high” attitude. The sounds are compiled by stacking decades-aged light synth elements and muttering drums that seem to hit at the same rate at which Khalifa raps.
His style is a rendition of fellow stoner-rapper Curren$y in the sense that it never moves faster than one simplistic and completely grounded thought at a time while the artist spitting them stays elevated on an undetermined, yet large amount of that bud. Speaking of Curren$y, he and a few other guest artists like Big K.R.I.T. show up on this project and try their hand over Khalifa’s usual instrumental fare. The interesting part, Khalifa usually sound the best over the productions even though many would argue the other artists are much more skilled. Wiz has taken the stoner lifestyle and been acquitted of any accusations of repetition because, to put it very simply, no one makes a weed-song better. Every song has the easy listening quality of the one before and after it, making this project the perfect album to break up the over-produced or highly lyrical music that likely occupies the rest of your music library. Even at that, it still has its moments of good-life indulgence on ‘Pedal To The Medal’ with Johnny Juliano, which contains one of the catchiest choruses of that or any year due to its singer’s sheep-like vocal rumble.
It’s no wonder that Khalifa paid little worry to being at the top of the game when this project dropped. He knew he was on to something and he knew his music was getting passed around more than a joint at one of his shows. Looking back, it is almost funny to see how commercially accepted he is, or at least well-known now, compared to how dangerous for the radio he was back in 2010. Just like it’s hard to hate this project, it is similarly hard to push any hatred on the guy who created it and who seemingly always keeps to himself with a mind filled with next to no concerns, other than maybe where the weed is at. This project showed Khalifa’s ability to craft simple, simple verses that retained their impact through relatability and his potential to sing, smokey choruses that you can picture are accompanied by squinty eyes and a big goofy smile on his face.
Kanye West is really on a whole different level with his new album, now renamed WAVES. Although Mr. West is known as one of the “less shy” artists in the music world (for lack of better words), he often stays away from rap beef, no matter who calls him out. He will lash out on Jimmy Kimmel or Nike, but he almost never goes in on rappers. Being an artist as big as Kanye, rappers left and right will release diss tracks and throw shots on Twitter, but time and time again, Kanye avoids it all.
Not today however… After Wiz Khalifa took to social media to critique Kanye’s use of the title WAVES, saying essentially that it is a rip off of Harlem, NY rapper Max B (who popularized the term “wavy”), Kanye has responded to his ex-girlfriend’s husband, Wiz Khalifa.
Calling out Wiz Khalifa for ripping of Kid Cudi, having a corny first single in ‘Black & Yellow’, told him a stripped trapped him (Amber Rose), reminded him that no one has listened to a Wiz Khalifa album all the way through, and even told Wiz he wouldn’t have a kid if not for him, Kanye went all out on Wiz, in a way he has never done to a rapper before! Although he did compliment Wiz’s style…
Check out Kanye’s 17 friendly reminders to Wiz Khalifa below!