With a rocky second day, Pitchfork redeems themselves from the crazy weather and ends the show with Chance The Rapper.
Even from the heavy rain the day prior, Chance’s presence was known throughout the entire festival. Whether anyone liked it or not, the rapper was literally was everywhere but nowhere at the same time. From his recent beer collaboration with Goose Island (drank like 3 of them and it was wild with every turn) and his recent album collaboration withLil B, the Chicago native was very much on everyone’s minds.
Chance strives to make festival history:
Starting the show with dancers and an array of colorful projections, Chance surprises the crowd with visuals after visuals and throwbacks from Acid Rap to Surf, his latest project. Not one to stand around, Chance utilizes the stage and entertains us with some heavy vocal skills and impresses us with some semi choreographed moves. With help from Donnie Trumpet and Kirk Franklin, Chance takes us on what seems like his last journey with Chicago. From continuously showing homage to not only his family, spiritual leaders, SoX, and even the bucket boys of our city (you know the kids who bang on buckets in Downtown), it was a historic night as the festival lights dim out completely. Whether this show was an official good-bye to his city, Chicago is proud and always ready to open their arms as he dives into bigger and better projects. Best of luck from Gowhere!
What a rainy day here in Chicago. With humid weather and heavy rain pouring, the festival shuts down due to severe storms. You would think all vibes would be off as Pitchfork Music Festival commences. Nah. Excitement continues to roll as day two rolls out with A$AP FergandVic Mensa all breaking ground on the Blue Stage.
Still suited in designer garbs aka a expensive as black tee, Ferg shrugs off the heavy rain and debuts new tunes worthy of fuccboi drool. Even with mudd flying from all corners of the stage, Ferg shows off his freestyle skills. Rapping over summer hits like “Push It” and spinning his own version of Rocky’s “Work” verse, Ferg brings it back by closing it off with “Shabba” and an ode to the late A$AP Yams. As the crowd continuously chants for the late Yams the show slowly comes to a close.
Always showing love to his city and crew, Mensa in typical fashion shows out with his crew. Towkio tossed up a few songs as the crowd waited for Mensa and showed everyone why Mensa isn’t the only Savemoney member to hold their own. As Mensa enters the stage dressed in a fit decked with the words “Kill The Poor,” he gives us some of his famous bangers. From “Wimme Nah” to his recent “U Mad,” this young superstar continously shows the city why he is THE next big thing.
At 3pm Friday, the flood gates will open, and Union Park will transform into a sea of cheap sunglasses and bandanas – at least, I hope so. I can’t speak on behalf of everyone but this guy sure as hell can’t be trusted with any sunglasses over $15 (those 2 for $20, feel me). And best believe I’m leaving the Saint Alfred snap back on the shelf after losing one to a show I’d rather not talk about, couple weeks back. But anyway…
Friday, I’m goin’ up with iLoveMakonnen, representing the only Hip Hop presence of the day. Maybe Drake shows up, maybe he doesn’t (Spoiler alert: he won’t). Come Saturday, we get a bigger slice of the pie with Vince Staples, Future Brown, A$AP Ferg, and Vic Mensa. But Sunday’s juiced too with Madlib & Freddie Gibbs, Run The Jewels, and Chance – who closes out the fest.
In between sets, you can find me eating something off a stick as I rummage through Flatstock – a gathering of “the country’s best show poster artists” where prints can be viewed and purchased. Or in one of the bevy of fairs – record, craft, and book – featured at Pitchfork for all your keepsake desires.
Obviously, one of the fun parts of any festival is seeing artists you’ve never seen before, or maybe never even heard of. I always ask friends to browse the lineup for me and holler if there’s anyone I should catch. But it’s also fun to just walk around and let the music pull you in. So go ahead and do that, k? Forecast this weekend looks like it may get a lil’ wet, so maybe pack a small umbrella/poncho, or not (hell if I care). Will call opens at 1pm and gates open at 3pm Friday (Noon on Sat/Sun). See you in the trenches.
Fact – Chicagoans always give back their city. This statement is true as Chicago rapper Chance the Rapper announces a new free festival Teens in the Park dedicated to Chicago youth. Held at Chicago’s Northerly Island, the festival will feature performances from Donnie Trumpet, frequent collaborator and right hand man for Surf, notorious Chicago emcee DLow, and Donda’s House, Kanye West’s non-profit. Event is open only to those aged 13-24 with the exception of adults accompanying teens.