Sound on Sound Fest’s first day of music was packed with talent and high energy performances. Making my way through the mystical Sherwood Forest, I saw performances by Clipping, Denzel Curry, and Run the Jewels. Can you tell I was ready for some rap?
Starting at the Forest Stage, titled due to it’s placement around tall beautiful trees, Clipping, an experimental hip hop artist was about to take the stage. With sounds of electronic music and quick thoughtful raps, the beats and energy from this guy we’re very pronounced. During his songs “Wake Up” and “Wriggle,” the crowd was groovin’ to the beat, despite how scattered the sounds may have seemed. Some songs we’re so top loaded with different melodies, it was almost hard to keep up dancing, but all in all it was a wild performance.
As I continued my ventures in the forest, I found myself lost trying to find The Keep stage, where rapper Denzel Curry was gearing up to take the stage. Once I floated around the festival, lost in thought, music, tents, and a sea of magical people, I finally found it. Like many rap shows, the energy from the crowd was rowdy, and Curry was there to light up the night. Before performing his hit “Ultimate,” he asked the kids in the crowd to get on stage, and for the ladies to step out from the middle of the crowd, so a wall of death could be formed. In other words, it was time to mosh, and mosh they did.
To finish my night off with one last rap performance, I saw Run the Jewels. With it being their first show in a month, they we’re ready to party. Unfortunately, the sound went out on the first song, but that didn’t stop Killer Mike and El-P from bouncing around the stage in front of the crowd. Once realizing what happened, they requested the volume be turned up “louder than legal” so the party could continue. With songs like “Blockbuster Night Part 1,” “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck),” and “Lie, Cheat, Steal,” the crowd was headbanging and throwing their bodies around to the heavy beats. If you’ve never experienced a Run the Jewels show and you have the chance, I highly recommend you go jam with these guys. They’ll make you dance your socks off.