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The day started off with three up and coming young rappers Killy, Jack Harlow, and Cozz. Killy came out with straight energy performing his hit song “Killamonjaro”, while Jack Harlow followed and laid down some flowy bars for the already hype crowd. Cozz, the young gun currently under the Dreamville label rounded out the early afternoon by playing some of the songs of his new album “Effected”. These three young rappers are making serious waves in the game and are definitely worth checking out.
The late afternoon lineup included some of my favorite rappers to date. The lineup included a mix of new and old wave Hip-Hop legends. Ski Mask the Slump god, Trippie Redd, Playboi Carti represented the new wave flow. While T.I, along with Houston legends: Bun B, Trae the Truth, and DJ Mr. Rogers proved that they are still kings of rap.
Ski, Trippie, and Carti, in my opinion, are the current face of the new wave rap game. Ski, is one of the most energetic rappers you will probably ever see in your life. His songs “Catch Me Outside” and “Baby Wipe” are super unique, proved by the crowd who pretty much sang the whole song. But when he brought out “Take a Step Back” all hell broke loose and there was no saving the chill, making for one of the craziest 30 minute set I’ve ever witnessed.
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Trippie Redd is a man that needs no introduction, the Ohio native has taken over the rap game with “Dark Knight Dummo” ft. Travis Scott, “Love Scars”, and “Poles 1469”. I could tell that a lot of people were looking forward to seeing Trippie live from the way the crowd reacted when he came out. Trippie is also a crazy performer, he played a set that included all his bangers and couldn’t stay off the speakers on side stage, which reminded me a lot of Travis Scott. I think it was cool for JMBLYA to bring him out because he’s a rapper that I think a lot of people were really hyped to finally see live. Playboi Carti rounded out the new wave rap afternoon playing all the bangers off his “Playboi Carti” album. Carti’s style is really unique and can probably only be explained through listening to his music. He completely killed his performance and of course dropped everyone’s favorite “Magnolia”. Bun B, Trae the Truth, and DJ Mr. Rogers repped the H and put down a solid performance for the crowd, while the Hip-Hop king T.I closed out the afternoon on the Shrimp Stage playing some of his biggest hits including “Whatever You like”.
As the evening rolled around Young Thug came out during a picture perfect golden hour and laid down one of the best sets of the festival. As the sun started to set Young Thug played songs like “Lifestyle” and “pick up the phone”, and he even brought out T.I to perform my favorite Young Thug song “About the Money”. Ski Mask even wanted to take in the show standing front row watching one of the best to ever do it (and continue to do it). This was my first time seeing Young Thug live and it definitely superseded my expectations.
Migos closed out the evening with a high production set that included all their bangers, smoke canons, and crazy lights. Offset, Takeoff, and Quavo all put on a show for their Migos loyals playing some of their hits “Hannah Montana” (throwback) and “Walk it talk it” which got the crowd crazy hype. Their set definitely lived up to the hype and was a perfect way to close out the evening.
JMBLYA was one of the best rap festivals I’ve ever been to and I recommend checking it out when it takes over Texas again next May. No we didn’t forget about J Cole, keep an eye out for Jeremy’s full review of Cole’s set in the coming days.