Once a year, Austin, TX transforms into the music capital of the world during the annual SXSW Music Festival. This year was no exception, as fans in attendance were able to experience countless live performances from sunrise to sunset each day, with numerous showcases and lively parties throughout the city. Amidst all of the amazing showcases, ridiculous parties and crowded streets, iHipHop was on-hand to capture all of the weeks’ events. For your viewing pleasure we have compiled a recap of SXSW 2013 from behind our lens. All photos by Lucas Alvarado / Far Fetched Future.
On March 6, 2013 Bodega BAMZ (TANBOYS) and A$AP Twelvy, performed at Santos Party House. The event, which was presented by Noisey, featured guest appearances from Flatbush Zombies, N.O.R.E., Willie HEX, A$AP Nast, A$AP Illz, and more. Also on hand were Black Dave and Kyle Rapps. Click through this slideshow to see photos from that night’s event. All photos by Andrew Wheeler.
On January 31, 2013, Atlanta sensation Trinidad James headlined Hot 97′s Who’s Next Live at New York’s SOB’s. The show was hosted by Peter Rosenberg and Shani Kulture and also included performances from Vinny Cha$e, Danse, and SNL (Shaq N Livin). All photos by Bernard Smalls.
Rockie Fresh has had quite the eventful week. As a precursor to the release of his highly-anticiapted mixtape, “Electric HIghway,” Rockie held an exclusive audio-visual event entitled “Electric Highway 3D Visual Listening Experience” at SoHo’s Landmark Sunshine Cinemas. The Visual Experience was hosted by Shaheem Reid and was attended by Diggy Simmons, Vashtie, Chuck Creekmur ,r.O.b and took place on Thursday January 18th. Rockie then headlined New York’s SOBs on January 23rd to celebrate the release of “Electric Highway.” Sir Michael Rocks, Lunice and Sasha Go Hard also performed at that night’s event. If you haven’t already, you can download “Electric Highway” in our mixtape section on the homepage. All photos by Bernard Smalls.
On November 20th, 2012 Curren$y, Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy and the entire Jet Life crew were on hand to celebrate the release of “Jet World Order 2″ at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. All photos were taken by Andrew Wheeler. Copyright 2012 Gadfly Communications, Inc. Jet World Order 2 is now available.
From October 11th to the the 13th the annual A3C Hip-Hop Festival took place in Atlanta, GA. The festivities included performances from Big Boi, Raekwon, Freeway, 9th Wonder, Kirko Bangz, Nipsey Hussle and more. All photos taken by Bernard Smalls.
On Thursday June 29, 2012, Joey Bada$$ invaded SOB’s for his first-ever NYC headlining performance. The crowd went crazy for Joey and the Pro Era crew as they performed cuts off “1999.” Click through this slideshow to see photos from this event. All photos by Lucas Alvarado/Far Fetched Future.
Hip-Hop fans flocked to the Kidrobot store in SoHo on Thursday, June 14, to see Questlove and guests, including F.R.E.S.H. among others. Photos by Lucas Alvarado/Far Fetched Future.
On Wednesday May 30, 2012, Travis Porter, the trio from Decatur, Georgia, held the release party for their debut album, “From Day 1″ at Greenhouse in New York City. The event featured guest performances from Elle Varner and Da Youngfellaz. Valerie Lora, DJ Self and Kazeem Famuyide were among the guests in attendance. DJ Sanity provided the opening set while Big Ben held it down for the remainder of the night. Click through this slideshow to see exclusive photos from the event. All photos by Bernard Smalls.
On Wednesday May 23, 2012, 1982, the producer/MC duo of Statik Selektah and Termanology, held a listening party for their new album “2012.” The event was hosted by Bun B and featured guest performances from Lil Fame and REKS.. Statik and Sammy Needlz kept the records spinning throughout the night, while the MCs took the stage. Click through this slideshow to see exclusive photos from the event. All photos by Bernard Smalls.
This year’s Internet Week kicked off on Monday May 14, 2012 and to celebrate, Mass Appeal and LastFM hosted an official first night after party at the Tribeca Grand in NYC. Internet Week New York is a week-long festival celebrating NYC’s thriving internet industry and it is now in its fifth year of operation. The event featured performances from Mr. Muthaf*ckin eXquire, Rye Rye, and Blaqstarr, and also included DJ sets by Blue Jemz and Dirtyfinger. Click through to see photos from this exclusive event. All photos by Lucas Alvarado / Far Fetched Future.
On Monday May 14, 2012, Curren$y took over Alife in NYC to hold an exclusive listening session for his upcoming album “The Stoned Immaculate.” The event was hosted by Shaheem Reid and numerous guests were in attendance including Stalley, Shiest Bubz, Skyzoo, Audra The Rapper and Miss Info. Click through this slideshow to see exclusive photos from the night’s event. All photos by Bernard Smalls.
On Saturday April 28, 2012, EA Sports partnered with Virgin Gaming to celebrate the success of FIFA 12, Madden 12 and NHL 12 by hosting a tournament for dedicated gamers at Terminal 5 in New York City. The tournament was hosted by Gerard “HipHop Gamer” Williams. Following the tournament, Jadakiss and Just Blaze took the stage for a set of special live performances. Click through this exclusive slideshow to take a look at all of the action. All photos by Bernard Smalls.
On Monday April 16, 2012, Jim Jones held an exclusive listening session for his upcoming mixtape, “Vampire Life 2: F.E.A.S.T. The Last Supper” at his studio in downtown Manhattan. In addition to The Cappo himself, Freekey Zeekey, Maybach Music Group’s Audra The Rapper, and porn star Mellanie Monroe were in attendance for the Ciroc-sponsored event. All photos by Bernard Smalls.
On Monday March 26, 2012, DJ Premier and Bumpy Knuckles held a release party for their collaborative project, KoleXXXion, at NYC’s Highline Ballroom. In addition to the veteran rap duo, several legends including Pete Rock, Sweet T, Heather B., M.O.P., Kid Capri, Eric B., DJ Kool Herc, Naughty By Nature, The Cold Crush Brothers, O.C., Grandmaster Flash, Big Shug, Lord Finesse, NYG’z, and more attended. The event was hosted by Flavor Flav. Click through to see photos from the event. Photos by Bernard Smalls.