No Travis Scott? No Problem! Day 2 Of Day N Vegas Brings The Heat! Check Out Our Thoughts And Photos!
LOS ANGELES, CA-
Saturday’s lineup was the day that everyone got more bang for their buck. From starters such as ThouxanBanFauni, to Lil Baby, then to infamous trap sensation Young Nudy, I was kind of at a lost of words. I couldn’t wait to get started, and the first person I started off with, was ThouxanBanFauni.
Atlanta based rapper ThouxanBanFauni is one of the most underrated trap artists in the game at the moment. Aside from rising to fame alongside Playboi Carti and UnoTheActivist, he shows a great deal of character in his music, showing why he deserves to be one of the top youngest trap artists. I didn’t really know what to expect from such a young artist in the game, but he brought out the energy that everyone needed. From the moment he stepped out on stage, Fauni was like a kid in a candy store; he just could not stop running around! He bounced from stage right to stage left, and then eventually, into the crowd. The level of insanity Fauni creates for his shows is superb that even when I was done in the photo pit, I just stayed in the back looking at the entire performance for a bit. Got to say, I’d love to see Fauni again and knowing the constant energy he brings, I’d see him without my camera.
Following up on the roster was a newly famous Lil Tecca under Republic Records. Surprisingly enough, this was Lil Tecca’s first time in Las Vegas and the fans welcomed him with big warm arms. With fans screaming “we love you Tecca!” it’s no wonder why he is currently in the spotlight of hot new rappers. Everyone knows who Lil Tecca is. Even my Spotify demands that I listen to Lil Tecca on a daily basis. His popular songs like “Ransom” and “Did it Again” really make fans go crazy. Looking like a high-schooler, Tecca’s look is very unique and presents himself as a very prominent but humble artist. Gathering fast fame through the song “Ransom”, it’s easy to tell why Lil Tecca was demanded to be at this festival. I thought his set was great as I watched from the photo pit and I couldn’t believe that a young kid at such a young age born out of Queens made it to the West coast to perform his greatest hits.
It was definitely no surprise that Lil Baby was running a bit late. I mean the traffic in Vegas mid-day is no joke and you could probably get to the venue faster on foot than in a car. I had no idea what I was really about to experience as security let myself and the other photographers into the photo pit. As I stood there, camera ready to take some photos, a fan screamed out “the GOAT is here! that’s okay, I’ll wait for the GOAT!” (GOAT being an acronym for great of all time), and I was about to see why in a couple of minutes. As the Dj played the first song, “Yes Indeed” featuring Drake, four performers rushed on stage and started dancing to announce that Lil Baby has arrived. When his verse came up on the song, Lil Baby came out of the stage and just worked that stage like there was no tomorrow. Regular rappers would just stay in one position, but not Lil Baby. Lil Baby and his performers let the audience know that this was a show full of vigor and taste. I believed that this wasn’t even a set, this was an experience. I mean he had probably had what could have been the biggest crowd out of all days. I mean you can see that people love Lil Baby, and fortunate enough, Lil Baby loves his fans back. The Jackpot stage was exactly what you would get the most out of at a trap and hip hop festival and that is a memory that I will cherish forever.
Next up, back at the Hunnid Stage, was Young Nudy. Now Young Nudy has worked with several artists including Lil Uzi, Pierre Bourne, and the infamous 21 Savage. But Young Nudy has recently gained more fame when a leaked song of his came out on the internet that had featured Playboi Carti. Although he didn’t play the song at his set, it was still a set I was excited for. Young Nudy is pretty much what you see is what you get. His music is straight to the point. His songs kept the whole crowd vibing to his clever hooks. Nudy performed back to back hits almost with no break in between. His fan base, listening to related rappers such as Chief Keef and Fredo Santana, is very wild. Your legacy shows a lot when the crowd is going crazy when the performer isn’t even on stage. I believe that Young Nudy has very die-hard fans, and that shows a lot of how great Young Nudy speaks to the people.
If I had to describe Playboi Carti’s set with one word, I would turn my head to whoever it is I’m talking to and say the word… “moshpits”. You have absolutely not lived if you have never seen the infamous and rare appearing Playboi Carti perform in your lifetime. Not only did his presence just send shockwaves throughout the festival, but he also brought out Sheck Wes to the Roll The Dice stage. Being a fan of both artists, I just thought that I could die happy after this set. What people love most about Carti is his evolution of linguistics. Instead of having a heavy rap voice that many rappers have, he changed the trap game by using a more “baby mumble” voice across a spread of regular rap beats and still manages to just make his songs go viral each and every time. Fans still waiting for the new and delayed “Whole Lotta Red” album still got to hear an unreleased song called “Kid Cudi” live and the whole stage just shook from excitement. Fans knew every single song that played, including the unreleased track from his soon to come album. It’s no wonder why people need and want more Carti songs. That set was probably the most insane set I have ever experienced so far and I am glad that I was there to experience it.
Right after Carti, back at the Jackpot stage, was everyone’s versatile and creative trap artist, Trippie Redd. Trippie Redd is a genius when it comes to emotional trap music. His use of stretching out words to really make the listener feel what he’s feeling is so unique and distinct that it just makes you want to join in on every single song that he performs. I absolutely love the song “Wish” and standing from the photo pit, I could see that everyone else around me did too. Trippies melodies is what makes everyone get hooked unto every single word in every song. Being very close friends to the long XXXTentacion, Trippie Redd played the infamous collaboration between the two, “Fuck Love”. As everyone had their arms crossed, in the shape of an X, the song just had the whole crowd singing in a harmonic synchronization and it was absolutely beautiful. There something about this emotional rapper that can make a whole crowd jump all over the place to the next minute, have them crying in one big circle. Trippie Redd makes your goosebumps have goosebumps and I loved every single second of the experience that he gave me.
Following up on an emotional rollercoaster, was 21 Savage. 21 Savage is an artist who I have been dying to see, and I mean absolutely dying. Ever since his famous album Savage Mode, produced by Metro Boomin, went viral 21 Savage has been the artist on the top of my “must-see before I die” list. Before the performance, a video premiere on the screen showing 21 Savage’s early gang life in Atlanta, showing some friends who have passed away and talking about how he doesn’t want fame, he only wants money. Ironically, he has both to this day, and there is no surprise there. 21 Savage continued on with big hits such as “No Heart”, “A Lot”, and “Bank Account”. His chill “slaughter-gang” rap flow is what keeps his songs stuck in people’s heads. His music is very potent and makes him stand out amongst others. In the midst of crowd surfing and pushpits, you could see the look on people’s faces realizing that everyone here for 21 Savage was a true fan. You can tell these people waited hours just to see this exact performance, and hey, I don’t blame them. I just hope next time I’m able to go to a 21 Savage concert without my expensive photography gear.
Everyone knows who the Migos are, and if you don’t, you probably live under a rock. The Migos headline pretty much every single trap festival because their songs are so catchy and everyone loves to scream out “Migo!” for no reason. I absolutely love it. I love every song the Migo has to offer. Migos know how to start a performance by having an opening video as an appetizer while having fire and a lit show as the main entree. As soon as they came out to the stage, everyone was jumping in sync and I swear there was a man-made earthquake in the middle of Las Vegas. Wow. Just wow. I never have seen so many people dance and jump at the same time. Being so close to Migos is actually so superb that I just wanted to go into the crowd and enjoy the set myself. I’ve seen Migos at other festivals around California and they never disappoint. Songs like “Get The Bag” and “Slippery” worked the crowd to a sweat. It’s such a show to see the three throw infamous ad-libs back and forth to each other. It honestly felt more like a huge backyard party knowing that at that moment all the focus was on the Jackpot stage. The Migos absolutely killed their set and I’m still itching to see them again.
To conclude the day was supposed to be Travis Scott, but since he could not make it, it was instead replaced by Future and Metro Boomin. Everyone knows who this amazing duo is. Metro Boomin played some tracks for about twenty minutes while Future got ready to come out. It was a bit slow-paced until Future came out, but It was definitely worth the wait. Although it wasn’t the most hyped-up performance of the weekend, it was still very entertaining to watch two top dawgs performing just a couple of feet away from each other. Future had a couple of new albums come out recently but mainly played much older hits like “F**k Up Some Commas” and “Thought it Was A Drought”. These songs have to be the most loved songs by Future and seemed that his new and old fans both loved the music that he performed. It was a good vibe to fade into the night and to end day 2 of Day N Vegas.