Posted in music | pictures on June 8, 2012

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Kendrick Lamar/Alabama Shakes
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[Kendrick] Lamar hails from gangsta rap central: Compton, Calif. But instead of directing his anger at the police, women or outsiders, he criticizes himself and his environment, and he projects far more ambition than victimization. One song, "She Needs Me," praised a career woman-a rare creature in hip-hop. Mr. Lamar uses hip-hop's love of raunch and brand names (especially fashion labels and upscale alcohol) as teaching tools. Both, for him, are incidental to tales of striving, self-improvement and overcoming a rough past, delivered with a cutting rasp and fast, complicated meter shifts.

Yelawolf had a rasp, too, putting an edge on boasts and defensiveness; he's a white rapper, still an uncomfortable position even though he is signed to the label of another white rapper, Eminem. He battles any doubts with self-assertion and defiance, as his raps often toggle into doubletime to insist on his virtuosity. But his set was padded with a D.J. showcase and cover songs, including a tribute to Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys.

[Danny] Brown has two voices-a stentorian bark and a nasal, cartoonish whine-for raps about sex and death. He switches between them, over sparse, booming tracks, as his rhymes switch between wildly imaginative imagery and boasts about his potency. The raunch has plenty of singalong lines, and the Bonnaroo audience shouted them all with him. [NY Times]

Bonnaroo kicked off yesterday (6/7) with sets from three very different rappers to have recently hit the scene (as noted in the NY Times review above), along with sets from The Cave Singers, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., White Denim, Alabama Shakes, Mariachi El Bronx, Phantogram and others. More pictures from Day 1 are in this post.

If you aren't in Manchester, TN for the festival, have you been following along online? More Bonnaroo coverage to come. More pics from Day 1 below...

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Comments (25)

Have I mentioned that Sonos is awesome? No, I'm not a tool nor do I work for the company. Just recommend that any serious music listener amongst you check it out. Seriously amazing in conjunction with a streaming service like MOG. Literally (almost) all the music on earth, wirelessly from your phone.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 4:48 PM

In life there are a few things that are certain: death, taxes, the fact that crap posted above is absolute garbage and the power of Y-T-I-N-A-S-N-I-L.

Y-T-I-N-A-S-N-I-L LIVES

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 4:57 PM

YTINA.SNIL will lead us through this storm.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 5:27 PM

Dana's pics always fucking rule!

Posted by Sam | June 8, 2012 7:29 PM

Yelawolf is so fine..omg. Thanks for the pics!

Posted by jt | June 8, 2012 11:33 PM

Alabama Shakes are the only redeeming aspect of this post.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2012 2:16 AM

sloppy show!

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2012 2:48 AM

Rappers

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2012 3:51 AM

Why would anyone would go all the way to that southern shithole for these bands is beyond me.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2012 4:37 AM

from those zany people who brought us Googa Mooga

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2012 5:18 AM

White Denim look like such nerds but they rule so hard live! Are they the new Rush?

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2012 9:32 AM

Netherlands v Denmark starts in 10 mins. Euro 2012 is the only thing that matters at the moment.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2012 11:46 AM

boner oo

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2012 2:49 PM

umm. more phantogram, less danny brown.

- signed, everyone

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2012 3:55 PM

@3:55 any insult lobbed at danny brown makes you look like a fucking idiot. go listen to XXX and eat yr words. one of the best rappers of the last 5 years.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2012 4:17 PM

Y T I N A S N I L

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2012 7:54 PM

4:17 - took your advice, listened to xxx.

More phantogram, less Danny brown.

- signed, everyone but that one douche who has a thing for bros with skintight pants and flat-ironed hair.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2012 12:24 PM

I'm glad that Dale Earnheart Jr. Jr. ditched the racing suit schitck. Also I think Yela Wolf needs about 6 more head tattoos.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2012 8:57 PM

^ now if only they'd stop doing FreeCreditScore.com commercials they'd almost be a real band!

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2012 10:21 PM

Danny Brown > everyone else in this post

Posted by style | June 11, 2012 3:34 PM

Excellent pics

Posted by Kerala tour packages | June 12, 2012 1:44 AM

this was the most amazing festival ive ever been to

Posted by veronica | June 12, 2012 3:04 PM

Major fail for missing pics of the Big G show. absolutely THE BEST

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2012 10:48 PM

great photos- really captured the experience. love the girl with the hoolahoop- SHARP!

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2012 5:01 PM

I love the shirt.

Posted by jordon | July 29, 2013 12:35 PM

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