Chance the Rapper made history at the Grammys this year. Camille Jay from The Weekly Wrap went out to discuss how this could chance the music industry forever.
This Queens-raised rapper/singer, Anik Khan is quietly taking over the ears and hearts of many. The versatile artist blends multiple genres and styles of music to create his unique sound. Born in Bangladesh, Khan infuses the South Asian and Middle Eastern sounds with hip hop, trap, and R
Food Vendors at every Turn:
The festival was home to 4 stages, Queens Blvd, Shea, Linden & the main Meadows stage. Laid out in circular pattern, all the stages were in the center with food vendors making up the outer ring. During all day outdoor events, food and water nearby is always a good thing. And the choices were endless, from Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, to Asian and even desserts.
Open Bar in the Freeloaders VIP Section:
Hidden behind some fences and scattered between the trees, was a special Freeloaders VIP section and it lived up to its name. There were free photo booths, snack giveaways, and booze. And we aren’t just talking the watered down pre-mixed drinks on tap. There were two full fledged bars ready to serve your drink, or shot, of choice.
Pusha T Set
Pusha T: The G.O.O.D Music president hit the crowd with all his top tracks. From his Clipse classics as well My Name is My Name smash single. He closed out the show with samples from his upcoming project, King Push, and the crowd went wild for this year’s single Drug Dealers Anonymous.
Bryson Tiller: Announces new project coming soon.
After having the crowd vibe out this his breakout smash debut, the “Trap Soul” singer announced to lookout for the release of his upcoming project. “This will be my last time performing this set, because I’m gonna put out some new stuff soon.”
J.Cole taking a break from performing
Announcing his hiatus from the performance scene for a while. He plans hit the studio and focus on his upcoming projects.
Chance the Rapper: Bringing the Magnificent Coloring Book Tour to the Meadows.
Now this wasn’t your normal artist on a festival lineup performance. The meadows festival was a stop on the Magnificant Coloring Book Tour and audience members got the full tour experience. With a live band, life size puppets, and excellent execution, Chance the Rapper made this stop of his tour a full fledged production; giving the audience a show they would never forget, without even being the headliner of the night.
Chance the Rapper Coloringbook Comes to Life on Stage.
With full size puppets, characters and more, Chance took us straight into his coloring book. What seemed like a pathway to his mind, the lively, charismatic, and thought provoking show had the perfect blend of music, graphics, and story line to make this an epic production. The big and bright characters joined Chance on stage in dialogue and song, making this a show to remember.
Kanye West Cuts Show Short
Although he ended the show 15 mins early, he did give us one hell of an hour of Kanye hits! In Kanye fashion, he opened his set with fireworks that lit up the stage and ignited the crowd. He performed songs from his latest TLOP album as well as a few classics. But the big shock came after he abruptly announced the end of the show and ran off stage, mid song. The crowd was not pleased.
Later we found out he left early due to a family emergency involving his wife, Kim Kardashian. So I guess you get a pass Kanye, family first.
All in all, the inaugural Meadows Festival was a definite success and hopefully will take place again next year and be a staple in Queens and in the musical festival scene.
Written, shot and edited by Camille Jay.
Dumbo transformed into a mecca for Hip Hop culture as fans gathered to celebrate music, art and history. The 12th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, curated by Brooklyn Bodega, was a space for audiences from all ages to come together to enjoy the art of Hip Hop and its culture in Brooklyn.
The magic stemmed from artists from various calibers performing on the same stage for the same crowd. From old school to new school, signed and unsigned, this was a place for people who just appreciated good music. These hip hop heads didn’t even let a little bad weather block their love for the art, Hands still raised high and chants were at full volume as the rainstorm hovered over the stage for a little while.
This year, Wes Jackson and the Brooklyn Bodega team breathed some fresh ideas into the festival. Through a week’s long of programs, panels, and performances, Brooklyn Hip Hop festival was an experience to get involved in, not just something to watch.
Saturday’s concert was just the last piece of the hip hop puzzle. With acts like Dime a Duzin, Rapsody, Talib Kweli, Fabolous, and Nas, all on the same stage, you could see the young and old crowd come together for the love of music.
Check out the recap video below.
R&B Legend Faith Evans shared all of her upcoming projects during the Essence Festival stage. She talked about preparing for her Essence Festival Performance, new music and even spilled some tea on past Bad Boy stories.
Check out her visit to the Essence Festival Stage below, and watch more from our trip to essence festival here.
Published on ThaLSpot on July 5th, 2016.
Watch below as Camille Jay gets to know more about Dr. Steve Perry and his continuous efforts of having an 100% graduate rate for high school students and acceptance to college; BJ The Chicago Kid and his new international tour; and Latice Crawford on her new EP “Diary’s of A Church Girl”:
Published on Tha L Spot on June 28th, 2016
Downtown Los Angeles was the home to the BET Experience and it took over the Staples Center. In a blend of musical, cultural, and technological events, the BET Experience was filled with activities anyone would enjoy.
The momentous weekend included various panels, performances, and activities and was sponsored by companies such as Coca Cola, Nissan, and Cover Girl, in celebration of the BET Awards.
Rae Sremmurd, Rotimi, & Floyd Mayweather were a part of the 106 & Park Live taping while Jacquees and Chloe x Halle took on the Coca Cola stage.
The Sneaker Expo held thousands of exclusive footwear and artists like BJ The Chicago Kid and Anderson Paak gave the audience at the BET X Stage a show.
Check out our coverage of it all below. And visit Tha L Spot website for more updates on BET Weekend 2016.
Published on Tha L Spot on June 28th, 2016.
The BET X stage was a highlight of Saturday’s nights festivities during BET Weekend 2016. Sponsored by Nissan and J.G Wentworth, the stage hosted acts such as BJ The Chicago Kid and Anderson Paak, each of which, who went hard on the vocals as well as a tore up a drum a solo. Dreezy and her dancers did a nice rendition of her hit single Body. Desiigner got on the stage and went HAM, doing all kinds of dances during his performance of Panda. He also showed us his new dance and single Zombie Walk.
O.T Genesis had the place turned up for his hits, especially his latest jam Cut It. Kevin Gates got to perform his hits like 2 Phones but once Fat Joe and Remy Ma hit the stage, the crowd went crazy. The pair had the place bumping to their throwback hits like What’s Love and Conceited. All the Way Up was a crowd favorite and closed the show.
Watch some of the highlights below:
(Written by Camille Jay. Published on AllHipHop.com)
Despite weather conditions and performance cancellations, Summer Jam was a party in Met Life Stadium on Sunday.
The cancellation of the festival stage devastated some fans but concert goers did not let a flooded parking lot stop their party. Fans quickly found shelter under tents and inside cars as everyone patiently waited for the storm to pass. Once it did, the aisles of the lot filled with hip hop fans blasting music and tailgating waiting for the main stage to start
Maino opened the main stage repping Brooklyn with his hit, “Harder Than Them”. But the crowd went wild when the highly anticipated G.O.O.D Music set came up next. Entering the stage in a diamond formation, the crew kicked their set off with their latest single “Champions” off the rumored Cruel Winter collab album. Pusha T, Big Sean, Desiigner, TRavi$ Scott, 2 Chainz andYeezy himself all bounced around the stage to their G.O.O.D Music hits like “Famous,” Antidote,” “I Don’t Like,” “Watch Out,” and “IDFWU.” Before they left the stage, the crew made sure to their the newest and youngest member of the G.O.O.D team, Desiigner get his shine as the entire stadium went off to the smash hit “Panda.”
Bryson Tiller had the crowd vibing to his Trap Soul hits and even brought out Brooklyn’s ownFabolous for the “Sorry Not Sorry” remix. Tiller took a moment to share his gratitude for being able to perform in venues like MetLife only a year after living a “regular life.”
The Terror Squad Reunion had the crowd “All The Way Up” and included dancers, Remy Ma &Fat Joe classics, and an appearance by Ashanti’s cake. She came through and showed off her summer body as they all jammed to “What’s Love”.
After a slight hold up in the show due to a fight in the crowd, ASAP Rocky and ASAP Ferg got the party started again. DJ Khaled brought out Rick Ross and Movado during his set and left the crowd with hints as to what could be on his upcoming album.
Unfortunately, Future was unable to perform due to time constraints. It was rumored that he would be joining Kanye West in a free concert at Webster Hall following Summer Jam, but that did not happen either. Due to the cancellation of the festival stage artists like Chance The Rapper, Dave East, and Tory Lanez were unable to perform as well.
Hot 97 did the best they could given the many circumstances that were out of their control. And despite the weather and late start, the concert still went on. Not many events, especially those pertaining to Hip Hop have been in the MetLife stadium until that late.
Overall it was a great show, packed crowd, and great night of Hip Hop.