After all the hysterical hype, the 15th annual desert festival finally comes to a bittersweet end. Nearly 180,000 crazed art and music fans flocked to this year’s Coachella Festival in Indio, California, with huge expectations of greatness. With astonishing art installations everywhere and the variety of world renown artists performing every second of the day, there’s no wonder why people drop hundreds, if not, thousands of dollars in preparation for this majestic cultural experience. We already cannot wait to see what 2015 will bring for our new generation of adventure-seekers.
Coachella has been a catalyst for reuniting musical groups in the past and is most definitely continuing to do so for our listening pleasure. Celebrating 20 years of their unique sound, Outkast launched their highly-anticipated tour on April 11th, headlining this festival and 40 more thereafter, throughout Spring and Summer around the world.
“It’s truly an honor to celebrate 20 years and still be free to do music the way we choose…Don’t just think outside the box, know that there is no box. I’m looking forward to rocking the stage with my Bro Ski and to all the fans – stank you smelly much, this is for y’all!” – Big Boi
Andrè 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast closing out the first night of Coachella 2014.
This infamous festival also features various up-and-coming artists, giving them the opportunity for amazing exposure. Rising progressive music producers, The Glitch Mob, hands down rocked the Sahara stage from top to bottom, beginning to end. Their extraordinary sound pulsed through the dense sea of bobbing heads and hands. One of our favorite artists at Coachella 2014, definitely.
The Glitch Mob posing in front of the ecstatic crowd after their set.
In the pursuit of happiness, Coachella attendees flew to the outdoor stage to see Kid Cudi perform. Because he has stopped hanging out with “Mary-Jane,” rumor has it that his music just isn’t the same. We beg to differ. He threw it down with new songs, old hits, and even brought surprise guest MGMT to feature in his set. Long live Mr. Solo Dolo!
Kid Cudi keeping the crowd entertained with his great stage presence.
A$AP Ferg had the whole crowd chanting “Shabba, Shabba!” No doubt the crowd was hyped up for this midday afternoon performance at the Outdoor Stage. Ferg had help from A$AP Rocky where he debuted a new untitled song. But wait, it didn’t end there. The A$AP Mob took stage with Skrillex to perform Wild For The Night.
The crowd was definitely happy and throwing up their hands for Pharrell Williams, who recently did a collaboration with the timeless French duo Daft Punk. Like every year, rumor had it that Daft Punk was definitely going to appear on stage with Pharrell. However, we didn’t see Daft Punk, but he did not disappoint with his special guest appearances. Over the two weekends, the cameos included: Snoop Dogg, Diplo, Gwen Stefani, Busta Rhymes, Usher, T.I., Jay Z, and The Jabbawockeez. That’s a line-up on its own!
This Pharrell fan shows off his love and creativity with his hand-painted denim jacket.
If you haven’t heard of the musically talented Jhene Aiko, you definitely will hear of her in the very near future. She gained massive attention with her Sailing Souls mix tape in 2011, where she collaborated with Miguel, Drake and Kanye West. “I love me, I love me enough for the both of us…” As soon as Jhene began singing that catchy hook, the huge festival cameras came out to play. The crowd was on their toes in anticipation that Drizzy Drake would walk on stage to perform the rest of the song with her. Then a smooth, familiar voice announces, “This is my first time at Coachella by the way.” The sea of fans screamed and cheered in excitement. What an amazing surprise! It won’t be long until we see Drake’s name on the line up bill in the next year or two. Jhene also brought out Childish Gambino and Kurupt for her performance.
The Coachella Art and Musical Festival of 2014 has dwindled down to the end. With all the craze and hype buzzing around the great music and mind-blowing art installations, it’s hard to believe it’s all over – back on that daily grind. Until next year Indio! Thank you!
As an unspoken code of being a normal person in society, it is expected of you to be elegant and respectful. But truthfully, it feels amazing to get a little bit ignorant. For those days, here’s an 8tracks playlist for your enjoyment. If you need to be feeling good while you’re cruising the streets – this is exactly what you need.
Follow these maniacs.
After an initial teaser being released earlier this summer KiD CuDi finally releases “Maniac,” a extremely graphic short film by actor/filmmaker Shia LeBeouf, featuring an appearance by rapper Cage. The film is based on the track “Maniac” from Cudder’s Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, the short film is nuts and plays homage to french film “Man Bites Dog” Check it out here!
Cam and Ben are back for the second season of HBO’s hit new show that follows the enterprising twosome, as they continue to pound the pavement in New York to make their dreams come true in How to Make it in America.
The second season leads off as the duo makes their way back to NY from Japan after a potentially lucrative business trip, Ben Epstein (Brian Greenberg) and Cam Calderon (Victor Rusuk) hit the ground running, hustling at every opportunity. The two scour the downtown scene for new business connections, following ever lead to try get noticed in the industry, and making headway with CRISP, their homemade fashion line of hoodies and tee’s. Watch them and their cast of friends that include Kid Cudi chase the america dream.
Check out the trailer of season two and tune in every Sunday at 10:30 pm on HBO to catch How to Make it In America!
Check out the sneak peak of Ben wearing the Publish Brand Benshore crew neck sweater from Holiday 2011.
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Most people will openly admit that The Knux are a unique group to place in the Hip-Hop landscape. The duo, consisting of blood brothers Krispy Kreme & Rah Almillio, calls their music style “A little rock, a little electric band, heavy fucking Hip-Hop”. When I personally first saw The Knux they were in XXLwearing “short-shorts”; so you can see how one could be confused how to take these New Orleans natives (Now based out of Hollywood). But maybe a book shouldn’t be judge for its cover; their first single “Cappuccino” is catchy as hell. Plus, they do play instruments and produce their own tracks (Which in any case shows talent). After thinking of all the labels I could put on this group (“hipster” is one of them), at the end of the day, the music is all that matters. – nappyafro.com
The Knux jammin’ out in the SOLD OUT Williamson Shirt
The Knux’s Newest Single Featuring Kid Cudi – Run