Once a year, Austin, TX transforms into a hotbed for fans to witness some of the greatest music showcases on earth during the annual SXSW Music Festival. This year was no exception as fans in attendance were able to see a myriad of live performances each day across all genres of music. iHipHop was on-hand to capture photos from some of the most monumental performances and parties throughout the city this year. For your viewing pleasure, click through this exclusive slideshow to check out photos from this year’s SXSW Music Festival. All photos by W. Suarez (MosiacNewYork).
What a behemoth of a month March is, huh? If you’ve been keeping tabs: so far we’ve been gifted with Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore masterpiece To Pimp a Butterfly, Future’s brand new mixtape 56 Nights, Earl Sweatshirt’s sophomore I Don’t Like Sh*t, I Don’t Go Outside. And now Action Bronson’s highly-anticipated, long-gestating mainstream debut Mr. Wonderful is available for free stream! What a month. The album arrives with “Easy Rider,” “Actin’ Crazy,” “Baby Blue” and “Terry” serving as its singles. Check out the free stream after the jump.
Chance the Rapper has remained awfully quiet since he broke through with his excellent Acid Rap tape. His Surf project with Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment is forthcoming but for solo Chance there hasn’t been much. He’s kept busy with various other endeavors including acting. In Collin Tilley’s short film called Mr. Happy, Chance the Rapper stars as Victor, a depressed guy who discovers a website—MrHappy.com—where he can hire a hitman to kill him. Check out the trailer after the jump.
The LA-based DJ/producer Nosaj Thing will be releasing his album Fated on May 5th and today he’s sharing “Cold Stares” featuring Chance the Rapper. These two have collaborated in the past and “Cold Stares” is a welcome return to the two working together. Listen to “Cold Stares” after the jump.
March 31st can’t get here any faster. Mr. Wonderful is already shaping up to be a great debut album from Action Bronson and we’ve only been treated to one official single with the 40 produced “Actin’ Crazy.” And here we have Bronsolino teaming up with Chicago’s Chance the Rapper for the Mark Ronson (yes, thee Mark Ronson who produced smash radio hit “Uptown Funk”) produced “Baby Blue.” Check it out after the jump.
Chance the Rapper’s highly-anticipated follow-up to his successful Acid Rap mixtape is on its way and today Chance shares “Sunday Candy” which is slated to appear on the forthcoming Surf project. Surf isn’t merely credited to Chance but to Donnie Trumpet and his band The Social Experiment. The band features Chance, Donnie Trumpet, Peter Cottontale, and Nate Fox. “Sunday Candy” features vocals from Jamila Woods. Listen after the jump.
Seeing how we shared a Chance the Rapper featured track earlier today in Lil Herb’s “Fight or Flight” remix it’s only fitting that we unveil a new solo effort from the Chicago wunderkind. “No Better Blues” is a collaborative effort with The Social Experiment. Listen and vibe out to new Chance after the jump.
Chi-Town what up?! Three of the finest rappers out of the Windy City join forces on one solid track. Lil Herb’s Welcome to Fazoland gets a facelift with Common and Chance the Rapper jumping on the remix. Peep the visuals after the jump.
What a way to start a Monday. Chance and Cole World team up for this tribute to …creative loving females. This is more in Cole’s lane in terms of juvenile approaches to dating and girls with low self-esteem. In any case, the performance bumps and Chance revives the stage line by line, as J. Cole waits for some momentum to infect him. Watch after the jump.
This is too much. Not in a bad way either. Musical duo Octave Minds, a hybrid of Boyz Noise and Chilly Gonzales’s instrumental work, gave Chance the right backdrop to caterwaul all crazy on a song. Chance proves he too is a piano — melody and percussion as a fierce two-for-one. Between this piece and the new Arthur theme, Chance The Rapper may be hip hop’s best new theme songwriter. Check it after the jump.
Lil Herb, like Lil Bibby, Lil Durk and Lil Reese, is a Chi-town hustler rapper. Where he lacks in finesse, he makes up for in pulp. On this one, Common and Chance add the touches of subtlety and sobriety. Com just needs to rap a little faster so he doesn’t give the song such an obvious belly. After the jump.
Chance premiering the “Arthur” theme song that Wyclef shaped for him and Elle Varner. He also positions himself as a soul man more than a rapper. On display: a versatile voice box with pointy songwriting tools. He makes ‘everyday wonderful’ possible, and better, typical. Watch the performance after the jump.
Neako appears from the acid-scape with this trailer for “I Am Very Very Lonely,” maybe a break-up song but also maybe a comment on generational loneliness. Either way, this is an explicit but SFW video. Check it after the jump.