Throwdown Throwback: A$AP Rocky Fight at SXSW 2012

Reviving #TBT or in my case Throwdown Throwback, I’m throwing it back with a clip featuring A$AP Rocky and his crew at SXSW 2012. Although this clip does include partial violence and violence is of course not always the answer, props are definitely deserved as they held their own against 300+ people. And yes, this clip and event is old as shit but come on now, I can’t channel that #TBT for nothing right?

This is one of my favorite videos roaming the YouTube sphere. Why? Cause shit is so ridiculous! From shit being stolen aka green rangs to A$AP Rocky using his “weak bitch” deductive skills to sort out the crowd, SXSW 2012 was too entertaining and had too many hood ass moments to not at least appreciate. But most of all this clip just shows how legit A$AP and his crew are in the music industry. How many people can say they got boys like that? You know, the ones that still keep it real and got your back? Help you rise to success? Help you promote your album? Man… let you “hold” a dollar when your ass was hungry at McDonalds? Not many. And with zero bullshit, A$AP Mob handled it like how they would with or without the fame…with their boys always on their side. And for that I give them props.

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Saint Millie “Road to Glory: The Documentary” [Complete Series]

A few days ago RedEye Chicago and Chicago emcee Saint Millie released  Road To Glory: The Documentary that follows the Chicago rapper in a journey which highlights many of the struggles that upcoming artists face such as booking shows, making a name for themselves and the struggle of being one of thousands of artists all fighting for an opportunity to land a deal. This five part series could’ve not happened to to any other artists as Saint Millie has always carried himself as a caring, dedicated, and humble person. Saint Millie’s “Road To Glory” is a road less traveled, a journey with many difficulties that he acknowledges, but a road and journey which he believes is worth traveling for the rewards it has given him.

Few words from RedEye Chicago:

The Chicago music scene is crowded. It’s gritty. It’s completely unforgiving. But one rap artist from the westside of the city refuses to give up. When he’s gutpunched, he pops back up. Time and time again. Introducing Saint Millie, a 22-year-old Oak Park musician who believes he is living his “road to glory.” Watch the young artist on his journey to get paid for what he loves to do, jumping hurdles to get close to that reality. Overcoming small, quiet crowds is just the beginning. But Saint Millie is ready for whatever is thrown at him. He continues to be “the good in the situation.

Monday April 28th Saint Millie and RedEye Chicago will be screening the documentary series as well as provide performances at Schubas for FREE. Make sure you attend this event that will only happen ONCE IN A LIFETIME! [Info Below]

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‪”Meet Saint Millie” (Episode 1)‬

‪”An Austin Opportunity” (Episode 2 ‬)

‪”Overwhelmed” (Episode 3)‬

The Stage”  (Episode 4)‬

‪”The Street” (Episode 5)‬

 

Quick S/O to the homie, Saint Millie for the autograph!

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Your bucket list: ILLMORE

A collaboration between ILLoots and scoreMORE, the Illmore has continued to be the highest in demand ticket.  Tickets are unavailable for purchase.  The only options are to be invited or guest listed… there is one more option though, with work it is feaseable: sign up for their updates in advance, and rush to the designated location and time announced only minutes prior via email. Two more difficult options were available, either you, a female, email your pictures to badbaesonly@gmail.com to show off your hotness, or you, a guy, roll in with 5 atrractive ladies.

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You don’t’ know who to expect at the Illmore house every year. I guess that’s the fun in it. I’m the type of person who loves to go out on Tuesday or Wednesday night and see where the night takes me, while Saturday nights I usually stay in. I’m not sure why, perhaps I hate the headache that hype creates for me. However, that’s the irony of it all. There is not hype for the artist, because you do not know who is coming, but you are excited to just be there. You get excited because you don’t know who you’re going to see and you don’t know what to expect and because of that… hundreds of people lined up within in minutes to try and win the wristband giveaway.

I get it now though. You know with the ILLRoots name the party is going to be good.  With a unique line-up from Aoki to YMCMB, you feel like you walk into a party with your friends hosted by your friends, and that feeling is so hard to find.  Also, those friends that you’re “partying” with just happened to have topped the Billboard charts, covered magazines, and/or are anticipated to break into the scene all under one roof.

In previous years, the parties were hosted in mansion but this year was in a youth center. Idling between feeling like I was at my homecoming (with better music of course) and a skating rink.  I have mixed feelings about the party being hosted in a much bigger venue when compared to previous shows going hard in a living room.  This year might have gotten too big, but the demand is still out of control.  I had a lot of fun this year, but please go back to the mansion. High school homecoming flashbacks were not good for me.

However, my mixed feelings were washed away when I was handed a red cup filled with vodka sprite.  Just like a private house party, the liquor flowed like a public college.

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As rumors swirl that I just missed Aoki boating through the crowing, I turn around and see Aoki caking three people. That alone is better than any pie day the math geek in me has ever celebrated. The crowd explodes and the party continues till dawn.

There were a landslide more Bulls and Blackhawks hats than any other paraphernalia in the room.  I felt like I was partying at home. I get it. I get why the ILLMORE has become what it is. It’s a party for friends by some pretty awesome friends.

Line Up by Day:

Wednesday 3/13 : Big Sean, Virgil Abloh, Travis Scott

Thursday 3/14 :  Casey Veggies, G-Eazy, Dom Kennedy, Steve Aoki, Que, Trae the Truth, Dj Mr Rogers, OG Chase B, Mano, Brenmar, LOUDPVCK, Chuck Inglish, Future

Friday 3/15 : ASAP & YMCMB (ASAP Ferg, and Lil Wayne) Migos, Rob Banks, Denzel Curry, Dom Kennedy, Nicky Diamonds, Trinidad James, Trae, Lil Bib 

Big Shouts out to IllRoots, ScoreMore, Dim Mak, Squad Up, OWSLA, TAYLOR GANG, ASAP WORLDWIDE, AND YMCMB for putting on a great show.

Gambino’s grand entrance at MTVu Woodie Awards

This year’s SXSW had a ton of great shows. Without a doubt, one of the standouts was the MTVu Woodie Awards. Despite a number of talented artists performing at the show, everybody’s attention was focused on the person set to close it out: Childish Gambino.

Around 10 PM, the first few notes from “3005” echoed through the speakers. To everyone’s surprise, instead of walking out onto the stage, Childish Gambino began the song from outside of his trailer. Wrapped in tiny color changing lights, Gambino worked his way past the ticket gate and concession stands. As the hook began, a small marching band (also decked out in small lights) appeared behind him. Gambino then proceeded to make his way through the crowd and onto the stage. Needless to say, it was an awesome entrance.

After “3005”, Gambino went straight into “Sweatpants”. He spit each line with his trademark bravado. The crowd went nuts as he went into his rapid-fire flow toward the end of the song. The last line of the song (“And I don’t give a f**k about my family name!”) was punctuated with him dropping the mic and then walking away.

But the show was far from over. As the night went on, Gambino performed a medley of his biggest songs including “Crawl”, “Telegraph Ave”, “Black Faces”, “Heartbeat”, and “Freaks & Geeks”. He closed out his set with an energetic performance of Bonfire.

Overall, it was a great show. Childish Gambino brought his A-game and showed why he’s one of the most exciting artists out right now.

Donald Glover backstage @ MTVU Woodie Awards (photo via Monster)
Donald Glover backstage @ MTVU Woodie Awards (photo via Monster)

ICYMI: #gowheredoesSXSW — a recap of all of SXSW, the hottest parties, shows, and new artists by @Srirachana

*Tibs Note* @Srirachana will be at Childish Gambino’s show in Chicago tonite! More coverage to come… #GowhereGambino

#gowheredoesSXSW Recap

Every year SXSW gets bigger and bigger, but did this year get too big and crazy? There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. I hope that made sense.

As expected, there was music everywhere. People lined the streets hoping to get a glimpse a celebrity or catch a free show.  Everything from Lady Gaga showing up at the Doritos Stage, Ludacris at the Dickies, Rick Ross bringing Erykah Badu to help him close down the Fader Fort Saturday night, SXSW was very sure to please.

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And of course… there were the parties. Nothing like coming up to the Illmore to see Steve Aoki and capping the evening off with G-Eazy.  The parties went on till 6 in the morning, even when the liquor ran out closer to three.  Moving from the previous year’s mansions, this year was at a youth center. It was a little bit of a throwback vibe. I almost felt like I was at my high school’s homecoming. The line up was still sick though and of course, Steve Aoki caked some concert goers.

Isaiah Rashad Thursday night at the SoundCloud House.
Isaiah Rashad Thursday night at the SoundCloud House.

Some of the hottest house parties were Soundcloud who introduced the public to some great hip-hop acts that will really make some big waves this year.  Soundcloud hosted a laid back but really solid set Thursday night with Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Chuck Inglish, and the perfect ending with Schoolboy Q. During the daytime, the Spotify House was solid. Filled with interactive demo walls of their upgrades to Spotify, trivia games, free food and drinks, and brand new sounds from up and coming artist Vancejoy.  I love coming back from Austin with a filled playlist that I will be sharing later this week.

Schoolboy Q performs “Man of the Year”

Live at the Fader Fort (Video via Fader Fort)

Always a go to spot, with the 3 block line to prove it, the Fader Fort opened and closed hard bringing in unthinkable lines everyday. From old school smash hits like Jeremih’s Birthday Sex and Jojo’s Leave Get Out, to new songs by Chromeo, Vic Mensa, and lastly Rick Ross shutting down the fort, Fader has become an institution and definitely a festival within itself. //instagram.com/p/ljKjD5CnwF/embed/ Then there was’s Ludacris’s Friday night show.  He came out so hard the soundstage basically imploded forcing a 10 minutes intermission at Dickies. He made sure to come even harder, playing throwbacks like Stand Up and Whats your Fantasy, I think this my favorite show. Thanks BMFMedia for hosting.

photo credit: Childish Gambino IG
photo credit: Childish Gambino IG

Childish Gambino seemed to have OWNED SXSW.  Everyday he had something. From his appearance at the MTVU Woodies, his Hackathon, and his Saturday night free show in Butler Park, Gambino owned it all.  I didn’t get to check out all of his shows (I know, I’m kind of bummed), but I will be seeing him in concert on Wednesday in Chicago. Though Wednesday night’s tragedy had a looming presence on Thursday’s shows and with Tyler the Creator inciting a riot and later being arrested at the airport proves how out of hand anything goes at SXSW. Would I do it all over again? Yes, absolutely, because seriously I wouldn’t know where else I could experience anything like this. Every year is a wild card. As always, follow us on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.

Srirachana at the Fader Fort
Srirachana at the Fader Fort

Kanye & Jay headlining Samsung SXSW series

The Throne returns for SXSW. The two will perform on Wednesday night at an undisclosed location, and in true SXSW fashion, announced the day of the show. Unfortunately for #TeamiPhone, only Samsung Galaxy owners will be allowed entry, as the tech company will distribute concert wristbands through their newly launched radio service Milk Music. Fans can pick up their wristbands at the Galaxy Experience pop-up location at 2nd Street and Trinity Street starting Tuesday at 10 a.m. CT.

This, on top of Kanye’s possible surprise appearance at the G.O.O.D. Music SXSW Showcase the same night? (Announced earlier today).

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ICYMI: Jay Z & Daft Punk “Computerized” (co-prod. Kanye West)

G.O.O.D. Music announces SXSW show

Via Big Sean, Virgil Abloh, and Mano on Instagram, there will be a G.O.O.D. Music show at Austin in SXSW this week — Wednesday night to be specific. Let the #YeezusAtSXSW hashtag begin?

UPDATE: Big Sean, Pusha T, CyHi the Prynce, Teyana Taylor, Been Trill, DJ Mano, Hollywood Holt, King Louie, and Ryan McDermott are confirmed to perform.