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Day N Vegas returns; 60K fans expected for the hip-hop festival


The hip-hop cowboy summed up the weekend it was closing.

“I see we threw a party,” observed Kendrick Lamar, dressed in black from head to toe, looking like a Wild West villain, a rapid-firing tongue serving him six shots, rocket rhymes instead. balls.

It was the final set on the final night of the 2019 debut of Day N Vegas, the biggest hip-hop event ever to be staged in the city, drawing 60,000 fans over three days at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.

It was also the last time Lamar took the stage.

Two years later, it’s back, just like Day N Vegas.

Lamar’s unique performance of 2021 on Friday, and his first since the pandemic scuttled a number of planned headlining slots for the festival in 2020, highlights a busy weekend of hip-hop, R&B and , er, feline jazz prog (more details later) with over 120 acts performing nearly 12 hours of music a day on three stages.

There are big names Lil (Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert), alt-R & B singers (SZA, Ari Lennox, Jazmine Sullivan), voices of the moment (Roddy Ricch, Denzel Curry, Don Toliver), loads of ups -and- venus and more.

(Note: Hip-hop superstar Travis Scott was slated to headline the Saturday night show, but canceled his performance after the tragedy at his Astroworld festival last weekend in Houston, where eight people took to the show. were killed and hundreds injured by a wave of crowds during his set. Post Malone will fill Scott’s headlining spot.)

What to expect?

Here is a taste.

Make mooo-ves

When we first met Doja Cat, who is performing on Saturday, she was rapping with fries stuck in her nostrils against the backdrop of pixelated eight-bit burgers and wig cattle with flowing blonde locks.

Flashback to 2018 and its viral video for “Mooo! “, A mix of earworms from” Old McDonald’s Farm “,” Milkshake “by Kelis and Afroman-level rap stoner that was destined to end up on a compilation album Dr. Demento, where all the other singles in the novelty will die.

But then, a funny thing happened on the fleeting fame of a successful wonder: Doja Cat blossomed into a pop star. On his latest album, the clever casual “Planet Her”, released in June, Doja Cat raps as feverishly as Nicki Minaj, sings with SZA, and manages to make “empty” rhyme with “Robyn Fenty” (aka Rihanna).

Talk about having your cow and eating it too.

Some super useful travel tips

Since there is no parking at the Las Vegas Festival grounds, getting to the site can be an… adventure. Here are five helpful suggestions for reducing traffic:

1. Parachute, Fan Man style.

2. Order an Uber. Now. As seriously, at present.

3. Try to convince the Wynn parking lot attendants that you really are there for the Osetra Russian caviar service at SW Steakhouse.

4. Get a room at the nearby Circus Circus and sabotage it. One clown show deserves another …

5. Get a part-time position as Tyler, the creator’s wig manager. Talking about that…

Best of the party yet?

It was like watching an Andy Kaufman hip-hop.

Sporting a blonde wig and powder blue suit worthy of Harry Dunne, Tyler, The Creator brought his songs to a mad, manic life in his best performance at Day N Vegas 2019, his set somewhere between a gig and a show. performance art.

“I don’t know where I’m going,” he admitted straight away, swinging between convulsive hip-hop and contemplative soul.

Now he’s back in a headlining role, wrapping up Day N Vegas on Sunday on a tour in support of his latest album, “Call Me If You Get Lost,” one of the finest in the world. year, sure of himself and vulnerable, breathless and reflecting at the same time.

“Find another (rapper) like me, because I haven’t seen one,” he boasts in “Corso”.

Seeing is believing in this case, but even then Tyler the Creator will likely leave you rubbing your eyes in bewilderment.

It’s a crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy world

One of the most accomplished hip-hop producers of the 2000s, Madlib has a deep and diverse discography. Here are five of his albums you need to listen to ahead of his Day N Vegas appearance on Friday:

“Madvillainy”: This collaboration with the late masked rapper MF Doom is like a comic book that comes to life. A classic.

“Bandana”: Madlib’s second record with Freddie Gibbs is the most captivating gangsta rap ever.

“Shades of blue”: Deep grooves fill these remixes of various tracks from the archives of jazz label Blue Note Records.

“The invisible”: Madlib’s solo debut in 2000, under the name Quasimoto, set the tone for independent hip-hop for the decade that followed.

“The sound of champions”: Madlib is teaming up with another great late, fellow producer J Dilla, on an album that lives up to its name.

Distant funk

“You know I’m crazy, girl,” announces R & B / pop changeling Yves Tumor on “Gospel for a New Century”, the first track from “Heaven to a Tortured Mind”, one of the most acclaimed albums by the 2020 review. It’s a warning that doubles as an invitation to this wild pastiche of fuzzy rock’n’roll, concussive noise-funk and shimmering R&B dreamscapes.

His Saturday set is not to be missed.

Equally formidably distant is the bass prodigy Thundercat, which plays Friday. During his last Las Vegas appearance at the Intersect Music Festival in December 2019, he went from prog-jazz endurance testing to self-service funk jams frequently featuring lyrical references to felines. You risk carpal tunnel syndrome by testing your aerial bass chops while trying to play with this cat.

As mean as she wants to be

Because every festival needs at least one female MC who explains the practical applications of feline urine.

Enter reefer-cheered rapper Rico Nasty, who returns to Day N Vegas on Friday after smoking – literally – taking place in 2019.

“I’m mean, and I don’t give a (expletive), like, what’s fancy?” she wonders on the aptly titled “I’m mean”. “Smoke cat pee and my voice is hoarse.”

I can’t imagine why.

Collaborations we would like to see

There are a ton of artists at this year’s festival who have collaborated with each other.

Now, not all of these acts are played on the same day, which in some cases makes the guests difficult. Nevertheless, we can hope. Here are five duos we want to see reunite on stage this weekend:

1. Madlib and Freddie Gibbs, “Thuggin ‘”

2. Earl sweatshirt with Tyler, the creator, “Sasquatch”

3. Kendrick Lamar with Thundercat, “These Walls”

4. Kenny Beats and Denzel Curry, “Take_It_Back_v2”

5. Chat Doja with SZA, “Kiss me”

Trap metal is coming to Day N Vegas

“If self-destruction was an Olympic event, I would be Tonya Harding,” New Orleans trap-metal duo $ uicideBoy $ say on their latest record, “Long Term Effects of Suffering”.

What is the metal trap?

Well, as Grandma can attest, it’s slow, low, southern-style hip-hop with violent, late-day imagery from the darker strains of underground metal.

$ uicideBoy $ will bring the sound to Day N Vegas on Saturday, when they reverse smiles and crosses in unison.

R&B Happiness

In her head, it’s still raining, as singer Mariah the Scientist claims on her latest album, “Ry Ry World”.

Her voice, however, is decidedly cloudless, a ray of sun shining through so much covered emotion on her second effort, where her heart-weary tales come to life on bubbling rhythms and distorted strings.

“Who is your favorite girl?” I wish I could be her, “she complains of” Impalas and Air Force 1 “.

After her performance on Friday, she just might be.

While “Ry Ry World” is one of the best R&B albums of 2021, so too is “Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies”, the third record by Los Angeles-based Swedish singer Snoh ​​Aalegra, who starred on Sunday scene.

Like Mariah the Scientist, Aalegra favors euphemism over vocal histrionic, a minimalist delivery of maximalist emotions. She is often compared to Sade, with a voice warm enough to melt a polar ice cap.

It’s cold on a November night, but Aalegra’s songbook promises to counter the cold like a favorite sweater.

Contact Jason Bracelin at [email protected] or 702-383-0476. Follow @ jbracelin76 on Instagram.