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Lollapalooza 2017: Jidenna Brings Fly Vibes, Run The Jewels Meet Rapping Fan, Vic Mensa's Surprise Set Hit Day 2

Day 2 brings a little bit more.

With clouds looming overhead and Fall temperatures garnering the use of hoodies and long sleeves, Day 2 of Lollapalooza was all-around cool. One hour after doors re-opened and as festival goers trickled in, numerous acts took to various branded stages, like BMI, Pepsi and Perrys. The 26th annual music festival came back to life and with much dryer weather, artists were able to perform fan-favorites before thousands of music lovers.

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Jidenna Performed A-1 Classics, Man


When it comes to rocking a 3-piece burned orange suit while rapping, singing and dancing, Jidenna has got it down pat. The Wondaland artist hit the Grant Park stage to perform jams from his debut studio album, The Chief. After his DJ and band (dressed in all white, by the way) got the crowd hyped for his entrance, the one & only emerged with fresh navy-blue Chucks to his staple introductory track, "Chief Don't Run."

In between performances of salutary "Long Live the Chief," the party-startin' "The Let Out," the soothing lullaby, Bambi and much much more, Jidenna switched up his smooth swag with a black, hooded jacket and a black, fitted Chicago-stamped snapback.

With the weather looking less than perfect and sunny, The Chief brought the much needed warm and high-energy needed to start the day's musical festivities.

The Lit Part: When the "Classic Man" came on and had everyone dancing with their hands up in the air, and yes like they just don't care. Oh, and Jidenna got down with the dance moves while performing "Little Bit More."

Go, Jidenna.

Vic Mensa Joined The Bill Because You Put On For Your City


Shortly after producer Gramatik finished his electronic-meets-hip-hop set, Chicago's own Vic Mensa walked onto the Perrys stage to his The Autobiography track, "Say I Didn't" for a surprise 15-minute set. The Roc Nation artist had the crowd lit during performances of "U Mad," "Rollin Like A Stoner" and mosh pits formed throughout the audience when room and shoving allowed it.

Before heading off the stage before the next act, Mensa took a moment to bring the energy down and pay tribute to those who have died at the hands of police brutality.

"I dedicate this to all the lives lost in Chicago," he gently voiced before the Ty Dolla $ign song "We Could Be Free" echoed from the speakers. Vic's singing fell over the audience and solemnly served words of reality and the beautiful potential of tomorrow's society.

'Round of applause. You better, Vic.

That Wack Part: The festival organizers could've given him more of a spotlight via flashlight or something. Mensa could barely be seen on the dark stage.

Run The Jewels Address Suicide, Rap With A Fan


Hip-hop was alive and well when Killer Mike and El-P took the Grant Park stage at this year's Lollapalooza. Aside from their hard-hitting flow and duo chemistry, Run The Jewels reeled in thousands for their musical party. With performances of "Stay Gold," "Hey Kids (Bumaye)," "Lie Cheat, Steal," it was hard to stand still or refrain from nodding your head to the beat.

Interaction with the crowd was fun, even if you couldn't squeeze your way to the front. The humorous moments between the fellas reminded you just how special their dynamic, 6-year friendship is though you would've thought they've known each other longer. Killer Mike helped with a bit of crowd control after a while, asking everyone to take "1 step back on the count of three," to alleviate the pressure put on those who waited all day for a chance to stand in the front rows.

In true artist fashion, the rappers took a moment to dedicate a song to the late Linkin Park lead singer, Chester Bennington. Before doing so, Run The Jewels spoke about the importance of utilizing the ones who love you during dark times and that there are people around you who care.

"We hate seeing people leave. Because we know, we've been there. We've seen the darkness," expressed El-P. "We know what it's like to feel like there is literally nothing out there for you. I'm here to f**king tell you that if you stick around, that sh** will change. But we need you to stick around. We need you here."

That Fun Part: One lucky fan named Jacob was selected out of the crown to rap with Killer Mike and El P. Why? Because he held up a sign saying, "Let me rap legend has it." And rap he did. He knew every lyric and held it down when it came to the flow.

Nice.

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You can watch performances from Day 2 of the 4-day music festival over on RedBull TV's live broadcast/replay channel.

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Another week, another list of Friday music releases. The week's of 2018 are dwindling, but there is a little more time left for some last-minute music releases. From Gucci Mane, to XXXTentacion, and Ice Cube, here are the albums and singles that you need to hear.

Gucci Mane – Evil Genius

Gucci Mane's 13th studio album is here. The rapper dropped his new project, Evil Genius, featuring an all-star list of talent, including, Quavo, Kevin Gates, Lil Skies and 21 Savage. The LP also features production by Metro Boomin, Murda Beatz and Southside.

The latest music drop marks the perfect finish to an eventful year for Guwop. He previously dropped DropTopWop, Mr. Davis, and El Gato The Human Glacier this year. Even so, the rapper suggested that he wants to make a bang with Evil Genius.

"I think this time, this album was like the first time I kind of had more fun making the records," he said during an interview with Beats 1. "With the intentions of just going in the studio and just had fun and this is what came out. But before, I was kind of going and expressing myself, talking through the mic, like I had a lot of my chest. This album was like, let's find the best beat, make the best song and put it out."

XXXTentacion – Skins

In celebration of XXXTentacion's posthumous album, Skins, his estate and friends through a livestreamed event at 9p.m. EST, featuring Trippie Redd, PnB Rock, Ski Mask the Slump God, Matt Ox and more.

There has been quite a bit of buzz surrounding the late rapper's new release. It's his first since his death in June 2018. The album features only one guest appearance from Kanye West. On the track, which is entitled "On Minute," Ye reportedly addressed abuse allegations brought against X. In support of the album, Kanye also released a Yeezy capsule collection, commemorating their single.

Since X's death he has been regarded as a young legend, gone too soon. His sophomore album ?  peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Listen to Skins below.

Ice Cube – Everythang's Corrupt

Ice Cube is make with Everythang's Corrupt. The album's only feature is OG rapper Too $hort.

Cube already got fan excited after released the one of the LP's single "Arrest the President." The track takes aim at President Trump's corruption and racist policies. The album's cover art features Cube holding a 100-dollar bill in his bloodied hands.

Everythang's Corrupt is Cube's tenth studio album and his first in eight years. It's a follow-up to 2010's I Am the West.

Sneakk Ft. YG & Tyga – "Spray"

New artist Sneak has joind forces with YG and Tyga to bring their new banger "Spray." It's Sneakk's first track released through Def Jam. The single definitely sounds like the new stripper anthem or the perfect track to ride down the block to.

Ahead of the single's release, the rapper's shared a teaser on social media featuring a behind the scenes look at their music video.

Michelle Williams – "Fearless"

Michelle Williams is back. The songstress – best known as a member of the popular girls group Destiny's Child – recently dropped a new solo record entitled "Fearless."

The pop record is an inspirational anthem, encouraging fans to face their fears and chase their dreams. This is a huge moment for Williams, as it is her first single in nearly four years. It also follows an overwhelming year for the singer, who got engaged in Apr. 2018, as well as publicly revealed her battle with depression and mental illness.

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Premiere: Fuego And A. Chal Take Over The Strip Club In "Dancin" Music Video

Dominican trap artist Fuego has created an ode to the art of stripping with his new single “Dancin,” featuring producer and R&B extraordinaire A. Chal. The visuals for the track are laced with bright blue club lights and brief salacious interludes of voluptuous young ladies dancing provocatively.

The two are seemingly in a never-ending party in efforts to promote strip club etiquette through their tantalizing lyrics. There's no denying that Fuego's sound is reminiscent of today's prominent trap artists like Migos and Future, but he packs in a Latino flair, like his contemporaries Bad Bunny and El Alfa. The Washington D.C. native's sound is similar, but it's worth noting he's been on the scene for a while, steadily etching his mark as his musical prowess rises within hip-hop and Latin audiences.

“For some reason, I've always wanted to do a sound that American hip-hop has, and then break that my way,” he tells VIBE. “When it comes to putting stuff together and making fusions of music, I've done it all my life. When I first started out, I did reggae beats, but I was rapping over them. There’s a little more urban, hip-hop sound in the Latin community. Before, it was mad reggae. It either had to be a tropical type song or reggaeton song. I've always wanted to come out with hip-hop music."

Watch the video for "Dancin" below.

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Noname Tells A Tale Of Black Boy Plight In 'Blaxploitation' Visual

Noname's first music video is better than expected as the artist takes on the topics of dangerous implicit biases toward young men of color.

On Tuesday (Dec. 4), the Chicago rapper/poet released "Blaxploitation," a standout from her critically acclaimed album, Room 25. Directed by Alex Lill (Sampha, Joey Bada$$,  Lil Yachty) and written by Noname, the short film includes homages to Blaxploitation films of the 70s through its the style of multiple frames at once as a toddler wrecks havoc on a small-scale version of Chicago.

The music video gives the metaphorical message of how the black boy is criminalized from the beginning of his life. Even in the joy of imagination, his existence is subjected to a criminal or as the townspeople deem him: a monster baby.

The 27-year-old singer will continue riding high off the critically and streaming success of her debut album Room 25 as she will embark on a 37-city trek across the country and Canada.

The Room 25 tour kicks off in Detriot on Jan. 2nd. Dates can be found here.

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