Even mother nature can’t stop SXSW.
Friday night (March 18) was almost a disaster in Austin, Texas as one of the biggest days of the week long music festival saw thunderstorms covering the downtown streets with rain. In the distance you could see huge lightening bolts illuminate the sky just after sun down. Many venues even hastily cancelled their showcases as a safety precaution.
But like true veterans of the festival game, we trucked on and Uber’d our way through the soaked alleys in search of the best live music. As the storm calmed down a bit past 9PM, I set off for the Apple Music House, where Skepta was rumored to be a special guest performer. There was actually a Drizzy Drake rumor, too, but that later turned out to be just small talk.
However, the London rapper and his BBK squad lit up the tiny indoor stage for no more than 100 people. The invite only crowd turned into a mosh pit the second “It Ain’t Safe” dropped. A flock of twenty or so of Skept’s team were right there onstage to add to the overall energy of the set.
It can be dizzying at times to see a rowdy group of dudes slam dancing together, but for the BBK crew it just works — and isn’t annoying like when most other rap crews do it. “That’s Not Me” and “Shutdown” rightfully also brought on thunderous reactions from the audience of admirers.
After making our way over another 20 blocks for one last after-hours stop at the craziest partyhouse in Austin — the Illmore — Metro Boomin jumped on the turntables a little after 2 AM to bring the night owls a jolt of trap caffeine. Aside from his current catalog of Future and Young Thug bangers, Metro also brought some special guests with him.
The man who recently became a household name, thanks to a single line, put things into overdrive as he cranked out hit after hit while kids bounced around like wild jack rabbits. However, we only caught a cameo from ATL’s rising star 21 Savage before retiring back to our haunts around 3′ in the mornin’. Washed.
But we’re back at it tonight!