Valee Was In Tune With His Fans At Pitchfork Music Festival
“… Her exhausted audience funneled into the Red Stage for a much-appreciated change of pace during Valee’s performance. In spite of his hype man and DJ’s best efforts, the crowd was not interested in getting up and jumping. It was clearly nothing personal as not even “Mo Bamba” moved them. Roaming around the stage and burning a blunt all the while, Valee seemed to be in tune with his fans. As a matter of fact, his hype man sort of looked like a spaz in his uber-cool presence.
Valee’s slow pace may have more to do with sleep deprivation than a lean or Xanax habit. In an interview with none other than Pitchfork, he called sleep overrated and said he finds that “you don’t need much sleep to do what you gotta do. I try to sit still a lot so that when I am woke, I ain’t f****** doing nothing.”
The G.O.O.D. Music signee caught Kanye West’s attention with his nonchalant, staccato flow over lackadaisical beats. His trance-like trap style feels simultaneously ominous and soothing, and his infectious hooks keep his music on the right side of the fine line between laid back and boring. As someone with dainty flowers inked in the space beside his eye that rappers usually reserve for tear tattoos, it makes sense that his music caters to those who like to lay low and get stoned.
Though he put on a solid performance, a tiny, beet red Chihuahua ultimately stole the show. Valee’s fans may have recognized the dog from the cover art of his recent album Runnin’ Rich, or from media criticism about his decision to dye his dog red in the first place. He’s gone on record to defend transforming his pet into a real-life furbee by stating that the outlandish color was achieved with chemical-free, vegan dye. But my biggest concern was how the little guy felt surrounded by blaring speakers emitting frequencies no human can hear …”