By now, everybody’s probably heard at least a portion of the biggest stories at the first installment of Day N Vegas Festival like J. Cole teasing a new album or the whole “fake” Kendrick Lamar fiasco.
A similar spin to Day N Nite Festival that used to occur in Southern California, Goldenvoice’s three day event brought together some of the most prestigious headliners in the Hip Hop industry.
However, with over 100 acts to choose from, there were some performances that were straight up slept-on.
Whether it was scheduling conflicts or hungover concertgoers unwilling to sacrifice extra rest, these were the best performances that went unnoticed at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.
On Sunday, Compton’s very own Boogie set foot on the Jackpot stage just minutes after gates had opened for the day.
The rapper performed a plethora of tracks from his most recent project Everythings For Sale.
Heart-felt hits like “Tired / Reflections” and “Swap Meet” highlighted the 30-year-old’s musical brilliance and drew the crowd into Boogie’s real thoughts.
Don’t let that fool you though, as Boogie definitely knows how to turn it up a notch too with a slapper in “Silent Ride” and the tongue-twisting track that is “Soho” featuring Dreamville artist JID.
Boogie’s raw talent was must-see for those trying to catch a vibe, but the early set time might’ve prevented people from making that happen.
AzChike makes this list due to the amount of bounce that was naturally coming from my body during the South Central-based rapper’s set.
And to be honest, I don’t even dance like that, especially if I’m in attendance at concert/festival by myself.
A frequent collaborator with other California-based artists like Rucci and Mike Sherm, AzChike’s set was a function within itself.
He, along with the next artist that appears on this list, represented a new wave of Hip Hop emerging in the city of angels.
Though he was at the smallest stage at the same time as “Hot Girl Summer” rapper Meg the Stallion, the atmosphere at his performance called for a lit time.
The 24-year-old performed the usual suspects, including “Strapped Up” and “Drunk,” which is a Los Angeles flavor of J-Kwon’s “Tipsy.”
In the same circle as AzChike, Watts-based rapper 1TakeJay carried much of the same aura. He and Chike’s performances were considered joint on the lineup, but both brought heat on their own.
His intention was literally “turn this bitch up.”
Often compared in the media to another LA native in Blueface, 1TakeJay has been rapping since 2014 after an upbringing that saw him involved heavily in sports.
He’s well known for tracks like “Arco” and “To Da Neck,” but the 23-year-old really garnered attention after jumping on “Intro” from Mustard’s latest album Perfect Ten.
Along with Chike, he’s currently riding with Shoreline Mafia on its Paid In Full Tour. His next mixtape G.O.A.T. drops on Dec. 4.
West Chicago lands on this list as rapper Saba opened the entire festival once gates opened on Friday at the Jackpot stage.
Currently on tour with Pivot Gang, Saba performed a grip of work from his second studio album CARE FOR ME, including “BUSY / SIRENS” and “LOGOUT.”
Saba combined his catchy delivery with the hurt behind his lyrics on CARE FOR ME, as many songs from this project touch on the death of his cousin and Pivot Gang member, John Walt.
His set sent waves of emotion throughout the venue but still had moments that had the crowd jumping.
Saba recently joined forces with Smino and Noname to form Ghetto Sage and has even been endorsed by Midwest legend and fellow West Chicago rapper Twista.
5. Hippie Sabotage
Last but not least was the only electronic act of the weekend — Hippie Sabotage.
Brothers Jeff and Kevin Saurer definitely had the most underrated set, combining lo-fi vibes, heavy trap and of course, Hip Hop.
After gaining notoriety from their 2014 remix of Tove Lo’s “Stay High,” the duo most recently the track “Trust Nobody,” which all but confirms the duo’s love for Hip Hop production.
Additionally, their songs “Your Soul,” “Options” and “Devil Eyes” are arguably the duo’s hardest tracks in their repertoire when it comes to triggering filthy facial expressions.
The brothers took turns handling the turn tables, while the other was either hyping up the crowd or shredding on the air guitar.
The Sacramento natives say they’ve always been huge fans of Hip Hop and even used multiple mash ups involving many recognizable rap hits, including ASAP Ferg’s “East Coast.”
Despite what their genre is labeled as, the Northern California-based tandem fit right in at Day N Vegas.
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