Sunday, August 31, 2014
I arrived at the festival just in time to see SZA perform. Her voice was nothing short of MAGNIFICENT. It was so soothing and, of course, she performed live with acoustics, or as she so eloquently put it "We ain't got no backing tracks, no fancy shit. It's just us: LIVE." And in true TDE fashion she brought out Ab-Soul to join her on stage. It's something about their loyalty that is so endearing.
Rita Ora performed next, on the main stage surprisingly, and had quite a turn out. Most people even knew her music and all the lyrics. It was extremely touching when she spoke about this being her first solo performance. She seemed genuine and humble. Made her performance that much better.
Nipsey Hussle and Chance the Rapper both drew sizeable crowds, with back to back performances on the Dylan stage. The audience sang along and knew every lyric. I personally did not. However, the simultaneous twerk contest over at the James Dean stage kept me rather entertained.
John Mayer gave the crowd everything. I mean he gave new songs then took it back to "Your Body Is A Wonderland" and "Gravity". He even performed a cover of King Bey's "XO". And he KILLS on the guitar. His set was the best of the day by far.
That is until Kanye West came along and played damn near his entire catalog of music. He even took us back to his first album. Ye definitely isn't shy about asking for audience participation. Not that he even needed to ask. He could've held the mic out to the crowd and allowed them to sing every single word to every song including ad libs. This performance had, by far, the most audience participation, as well as drew the biggest crowd. It's safe to say that Kanye stole the show. And bless his heart, he kept his rants to a minimum.
I will say this: as much as I enjoyed the show Bey and Jay know they're dead wrong for staying backstage the whole time. Oh well. There's always next year.
***Photos taken by Abre' Conner (@MsAConner) on behalf of @iSocialite