The headliner for Red Bull Sound Select’s 18th night of “30 Days In LA” was the Detroit rapper Dej Loaf. She got started in the game back in 2012 and has released 3 mix-tapes and one official studio album (“…And See That’s the Thing” (Columbia Records)) since. Earlier this year, she released the “All Jokes Aside” mix-tape and has since undergone an artistic renaissance.
Before coming on stage, her DJ did what most DJ’s do before their MC’s appear, and that is to get the already pumped crowd going even harder. She played hits such as Kendrick’s “M.A.A.D. CITY”, A$AP Ferg’s “Work”, and other massive bangers that got my head nodding harder than it usually does.
A thing that’s quite common to see at shows is a sudden increase in the amount of photographers in the pit when the headliner goes on, and this night was no different. What was originally maybe about five suddenly turned into what seemed at least ten photogs in there.
Dej Loaf had a huge backing band on stage ready for her, and by the time she hit the stage it seemed like all hell would break lose … and it did … in an amazing way. Camera shutter clicks and the cheers from the audience filled my ears. Her stage presence only seemed to ramp up the energy of the crowd as she ripped through her tracks. About half way through her set, she brought out Silkk The Shocker as a special guest to perform the track Bout That in which Silkk guest stars in.
Though her actual performance was relatively short, her energy made up for it and lingered in the atmosphere while her DJ stayed and played out a closing set for sometime before the end of the night.
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