Jhene Aiko “Stranger / Stay Ready” #Lolla

Jhene Aiko started an off-and-on rain-soaked last day at Lollapalooza and her set endured the unpredictability of the Chicago weather by starting off sans raindrops and ending it under downpour.

One of the highlights seen above in an official video via Billboard was Jhene’s blend of “Stranger” with “Stay Ready” as she softly crooned the two songs to the growing thousands before the rain started falling. The transition was the best part: one part unexpected and the other part seamless and beautiful. Music to my ears, especially as “Stay Ready” is a top-tier fave of mine from Jhene’s catalogue.

When the rain did fall, in true Jhene spiritual fashion, she embraced nature’s gift of water…  and in turn, the crowd embraced her as fans stayed during the shower in true Lolla fashion.

“water is good ! #Lollapalooza”



GWHH's @Srirachana & @SamanthaLebbos with @JheneAiko
GWHH’s @Srirachana & @SamanthaLebbos with @JheneAiko

Outkast Closes out Lollapalooza Day 2

Outkast shows no mercy for their crowd following and this is good. They did not come to Lolla to just play the crowd pleasers, they were ready to thank the fans that go way back!

photo courtesy of CBS News Chicago
photo courtesy of CBS News Chicago

As a devoted fan since the beginning, ’93, Outkast has forever been one of those nostalgic acts.  However, their come back tour has been tainted with terrible reviews of their first concert back together the first weekend of Coachella earlier this year. Hearing this was still not going to stop me.

photo courtesy of CBS News Chicago
photo courtesy of CBS News Chicago
They opened with the ultimate crowd pleaser, “B.O.B.” and eventually really got into their groove 20 minutes in.  They hit all the good stuff and Big Boi’s lyrics were as Krispy as krispy can get. Andre of course, sports his iconic wigs.  The crowd went and got drink refills or left to see Calvin Harris when the ATL duo played their throwback records from their ’94 album southernplayaisticadillacmuzik including Players Ball and took us out of this world with hits from ATLiens. And of course, they had to play Skew It On the Bar-B. The ATLiens slowed it down with Sorry Miss Jackson and then ended their set with The Whole World.

Were they the best show at Lolla so far? No, that was Eminem.
Are they back and are everything I ever expected and more? Yes.

In the end, I think it is easy for others to say that Outkast’s set wasn’t as hyped as it could have been, but they were not going reunite to only play crowd pleasers. The duo has aged well and definitely were playing for the fans that have been with them from the start… not the teenagers that have seemed to taken over Lolla.

Full Setlist
1. B.O.B.
2. Gasoline Dreams
3. ATLiens
4. Skew It on the Bar-B
5. Rosa Parks
6. Da Art of Storytellin’, Part 1
7. Aquemini
(with Sleepy Brown)
8. SpottieOttieDopaliscious
9. Ms. Jackson
10. Kryptonite (I’m on It)
(Purple Ribbon All-Stars cover)
11. GhettoMusick
12. The Way You Move
13. She Lives in My Lap
14. Prototype
15. Hey Ya!
16. Hootie Hoo
17. Crumblin’ Erb
18. Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
19. Player’s Ball
20. Elevators (Me & You)
21. Roses
22. So Fresh, So Clean
(with Sleepy Brown)
23. Int’l Player’s Anthem (I Choose You)
(Underground Kingz cover)
24. The Whole World

(Title image courtesy of Getty Images)

Eminem & Rihanna “Stan” Lollapalooza

How could Eminem top bringing Bruno Mars out in 2011 at Lollapalooza? How about with his future tourmate: Rihanna?

Eminem headlined Day 1 of Lollapalooza here in Chicago and we were on hand to witness the two mega-stars perform their #1 singles “Love The Way You Lie” and “The Monster” (also below) — only to be followed up with Rihanna crooning the Dido chorus to “Stan”. This was more of the surprise to me than Rihanna appearing herself (as I correctly predicted earlier this week *sunglasses emoji*) and it was refreshing to hear Ri-Ri’s rendition of the iconic, chilling chorus. Chilling is how it felt live, and it was one of many goosebumps moments that I’ll recap more later today after a full night’s rest (note the time!)

BONUS: One of our top 3 all-time Eminem songs is “The Way I Am”… and it may just have vaulted to #1 for sentimental reasons seen at around the 20 second mark (!)

#GowhereHat #Lolla swag on stage with @Eminem & @Rihanna #gowhereyoulove
#GowhereHat #Lolla swag on stage with @Eminem & @Rihanna #gowhereyoulove

Lolla Weekend: Blood Orange x Ratking @ Empty Bottle 7/31/14

After what seemed like the longest week ever without a doubt I, much like everyone else in Chicago, were more than ready to squad up for Lollapalooza Weekend. First put on? Ratking and Blood Orange at the Empty Bottle. Kicking off the start of the festival weekend, both artists blessed us * insert prayer hand emoji* on a Thursday night. With liquor flowing, beats bumping, and smoke looming around the stage, who gave a fuck about tomorrow’s work day?


Starting off the show, Ratking did what they do best…go fucking hard. My personal moments came from Wiki whose energy was anything but basic. Wiki brought the crowd together with his nasal, high-pitch rapping style. Okay it sounds terrible when I say it like that but his skills are definite throwbacks to Eminem’s Slim Shady days. While Wiki jumped and bashed the mic vocally and physically (nah for real, dude smacked that thing on his head), Hak kept cool, calm, and collected. Rapping in a trance-like state, Hak’s flow was chill and the complete opposite of his band brother, Wiki. Easing his way from one verse and note to another, his raps built momentum to Sport’s beats and Wiki’s harder than hard energy. Combined with his chill allure, Wiki’s “give no fucks” charismatic, and Sport’s heart pumping beats without a doubt Ratking gave the venue a definite rager.

Blood Orange

Dev Haynes, my dude. The best thing about Blood Orange is he gives credit to where credit is due. From showcasing the individual talents of his band to his special shout out to Ratking’s earlier set, Dev Haynes closed and started the night with some of the best vibes. Literally…nothing killed this guy’s upbeat performance. Even when his mic completely went out, he kept it rolling and started a dance. THAT’S WHATSSSS UP. Besides the impromptu dance party I was most happy to jam out to some of my favorite Blood Orange tracks like “Chamakay” and “Bad Girls”. I mean who can resist dancing when you got Dev Haynes moving and grooving in his overalls literally serenading you on stage?


Eminem & Rihanna rehearsing

Passing along a quick, just minor tidbit but as you can see it’s the two superstars Eminem & Rihanna together rehearsing for their upcoming Monster Tour. Though the tour is set to begin August 7th at the Rose Bowl (yes, the freaking Rose Bowl), perhaps we’ll see a special guest appearance from Ri-Ri this Friday at Lollapalooza in Chicago?! Eminem headlines at 8:30 and I’m amped.