Soundset 2013 [Recap]

Can’t believe a whole week has gone by since Rhymesayers Entertainment held it down in Minnesota with their annual Soundset festival. A festival which in my opinion is one of the more entertaining festivals to go to each year. That mainly due to the amount of activity taking place inside Canturbery Park. It’s literally the Hip Hop culture down to the tee. You got some of the biggest names in Hip Hop holding it down on several stages mixed with an array of beautiful cars lined up for the car show, and a live view of some of the more respected (street)artists in the game throwing down on an Ironlak sponsored P wall. You can bet that you’ll be instore for a great time if the climate works in your favor.

Unfortunately for me…the weather didn’t play nice this year. 2013 forced out the jackets and hoodies as a cold and gloomy atmosphere took over pretty much the entire day. Still that wasn’t going to slow down or stop anyone from having a good time. So I made my rounds from end to end exploring, observing, and listening. This year I was fortunate enough to have caught a bit of every artist I was most looking forward to seeing take the stage. A hand full of them putting on a great set. Artists like Juicy J and Joey Bada$$ were among the few talents who kept a hype crowd. Other acts like Schoolboy Q and Mac Miller lost a few of us throughout their set.

Juicy J pretty much lived up to the performance I expected out of him. He kept his character and really got the crowd turned up performing hit records such as “Bandz A Make Her Dance,” and Three 6 Mafia classics like “Stay Fly.” Artists Joey Bada$$, Dizzy Wright, and A$AP Ferg were among some of the more impressive acts, who much like Juicy J kept me in tune throughout their entire sets. It’s too bad I can’t say the same about Mac Miller or Schoolboy Q who both lost me and a crowd of others throughout each of their sets. In my opinion Mac is just a terrible performer and Schoolboy Q just had his tracking all out of wack. I don’t know about y’all….but I expect every performer to come with the hype and keep every fan engaged at an event as big as Soundset.

Overall I’d give the Rhymesayers crew a thumb and a half up for putting on yet another well executed fest. Their issues with press check in keeps the other half of the thumb however. Seemed as if they had quite a handful of issues in that department. Next year is another year though. I look forward to returning each May for several years to come. I only see this festival getting bigger and bigger as each year goes by.

Solange Impresses at The FADER Fort (GWHH @ SXSW ’13)

Solange brought great energetic vibes to the FADER Fort stage at SXSW last week. What’s cool about Solange is that her music has this revamped for modern times 80’s pop and 90’s R&B inspired sound from her beats to lyrics (a little David Byrne sounding). And her attire, wearing a Pencey Spring 2013 suit jacket and dress pant (which was a collaboration with artist DJ Mia Moretti) was an ideal fit that paired well with the vibe of her music.

Here’s my personal favorite song of hers, “Losing You”. It’s the song that rebranded her into the indie industry – creating a more authentic place for herself and her music choice.

Plus, The FADER Fort always has a great stage and lighting and that adds to the concert experience. Their own lighting designer caught our compliment on Instagram! We’ll have our own original video of Solange (and more artists) from FADER Fort at SXSW — stay tuned!

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Photo by: heath_michaels

TIBS ED. NOTE: We also got a shoutout from Solange herself! Jodeci was backstage and talked with her after the set. Solange shouted Jodeci and her friends on Twitter, showing love back to her fans. Gotta love her humble and giving spirit as well!

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Solange with GWHH’s Jodeci

UPDATED: GIRL POWER: RITA ORA AND IGGY AZALEA AT THE MID CHICAGO [CONCERT REVIEW]

Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea backstage at the Mid Chicago

photo source: ultimateritaora
Rita Ora, born in Kosovo, moved to the United Kingdom the same year has been making big waves since her debut studio album release, ORA, with three singles shooting straight to number one.  She will soon be making waves as she kicks off her promotional shows in America.

 

 

Iggy opening 

 

 

Iggy in awesome stripper VERSACE heels

With a budding following in Chicago, Iggy Azalea kicked opened wearing a a white crop top and paneled mesh-faux leather legging accentuating her itty bitty waistline and enviable booty.  Making her look complete, her porn star-esque booties and sexually charged lyrics had the whole club bouncing.  Though some of her songs lacked variety, she showed her potential to grow as an artist.  Iggy can really hold her own.  Can’t wait to see her head lining her own shows in the US because we need more girls like her.  Her rocking out the hip hop and Rita Ora coming out next, I was brought back to my girl power days of Spice Girls and thought how much more these girls could pack a REAL punch!  Whether the crowd knew Iggy’s lyrics or not, she got everyone to dance and even brought a few lucky fans on stage… including one in a red blazer complete with bedazzled panties. I couldn’t get a clear picture of his crotch because he was gyrating too much.

 

Fan in homemade panties

Before the concert, I got a chance to meet Rita!  She was so cute and bubbly with a fashion sense I admire. She rocked out some dark lipstick, eyeball dangle earrings, skull rings, and a mod white dress.  She really has some sick style.  As everyone at the blog already knows… I’m obsessed with skulls and creepy things. I’m glad I got to meet her and know that we have an obsession in common.

 

 

Backstage with Rita Ora!

Rita Ora kicked off an amazing and intimate show. Her opening song, Facemelt, was 90 seconds of pure energy.  Her chained decorated mic and use of drum showed that was ready to give a good show.  Her cd years in the making only verified how much she has honed her performing skills.  Songs like Rock Da Life and Shine Ya Light were quintessential anthems to her Roc Nation heritage.   And of course, she took it slow with an emotional filled rendition of Swim Good.  Though not as soul forthcoming as Frank Ocean, her vocal chords were insane.  (then again, who can ever be as soul exposing as Frank O?)

 

Check out that body!

Ending her concert with Uneasy and R.I.P, I felt complete.  Rita confessed R.I.P. is her ultimate favorite song.  Written by Drake, but rumored to be intended for Rihanna, this song was DESTINED to be Rita’s.  Nailing each note and “beating it down to a bloody pulp” as described by Perez Hilton, Rita’s rookie appeal and confident attitude is absolute perfection.  It was an early concert but I had myself singing her songs all weekend.  I left feeling like the next time I see her will be filling arenas.  She has a voice that her CD doesn’t do her justice.  She has a look that will only get better.  The craziest thing of it all… she’s just getting started.

 

 

And yes, she is actually that pretty in person… if not more… And her singing is even better live.

Rita is on the RIIIIIIIISEEEEE!

 

 

UPDATE: Then I got called out for by Iggy herself on twitter for calling her heels stripper heels…

 

I GOT… #OWNED

 

 

I’m just trying to say that this girl has so much edge ad glam she can make anything look high fashion. You need your own clothing line! How could I have ever doubted thisRefinery29 star?  😛

 

 

 

 

Lollapalooza 2012 Interviews

What an awesome weekend Lollapalooza was this year. Chicago was filled with entertainment from morning to night. This year, Govia and I got to cover the festival and the after parties. Not only did we listen to your favorite songs from your favorite artists, but we got to talk to a few of them. Check out this Lollapalooza recap that was put together for all of you who couldn’t attend or just want to relive the experience. The interviews include artists who took over the Perry Stage such as Bassnectar, Paper Diamond, Zedd, DJ Zebo, and Zeds Dead who talk about what it takes to become an artist and the use of all the production these days. Also, Black Sabbath‘s keyboardist Adam Wakeman talks to us about the few shows this year with Ozzy Osbourne. This recap also includes many more performances at Lollapalooza such as The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, Childish Gambino, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more from after parties at the Hard Rock Hotel. Enjoy!

Interviews & Filmed by: Samantha Lebbos & Govia

Chief Production Editor: Jessica Nowak

Miguel Interview with Gowhere Hip Hop @ Lolla

What a great way to launch Lollapalooza weekend by interviewing Miguel. I was so excited watching him perform at the Hard Rock Hotel for the Soul Sounds Pre-Lolla Kickoff Party. Not only did we get to watch him perform live (“All I Want Is You” & “Quickie” seen above), we got to talk to him on the red carpet. Watch and get the inside scoop on his new album and why he is releasing two EPs of songs from the album before releasing Kaleidoscope Dream in full on October 2. You’d be surprised by his answer. He also tells us what is the one food he can’t live without. Enjoy!

 Interview by: Samantha Lebbos

Filmed by: Sgt. Tibs

Edited by: Jessica Nowak