By: Francisco Narvaez
Thursday night was the kick off for Red Bull Sound Select’s 3 days in Miami festival. The festival runs through Saturday night and has a different curator (promoter) every night.
Last nights showing was at The Hangar in downtown. It was curated by YESJULZ! who has recently been crowned Snapchat royalty by the New York Times. The night featured performances by A$AP Ferg, Jazz Cartier, and 070 Shake.
070 Shake opened up the festivities with a rambunctious set. She brought out a band she met the night before, played the drums herself for a moment, performed posse cuts, and added fuel to the fire that she’s signed to G.O.O.D. Music by closing her set by debuting a verse she had written to Kanye West’s Champions. Her sound is an extension of the hazy “OVO” sound which has pretty much become its own genre at this point. Shake put on a great performance, strutting around the stage like she owned the place, putting in a strong case for best moment of the night when she brought out Ralphy River. The two displayed a stage presence beyond their years as they performed ‘Honey’, their 16 day old song which currently stands at 221k plays on Soundcloud.
Next up was Jazz Cartier, the Canadian Rapper whose last two tapes (Marauding in Paradise and Hotel Paranoia) brought to the forefront of Toronto’s third wave. He came on to the stage in John Lennon glasses and a custom prison jumpsuit with the words Working Class printed on the front. He quickly endeared himself to the mostly female crowd by fittingly throwing roses out during his song ‘100 Roses’. Jazz proceeded to performe like a man possessed for the rest of his set, jumping around and crowd surfing without missing a bar. Cartier mostly performed tracks off Hotel Paranoia. The crowds favorites were ‘This Is How We Do It’ and his new single, ‘Waste’.
Closing out the night was the Trap Lord himself, A$AP Ferg. He opened up with ‘Let It Go’ and the bangers just kept on coming. It’s easy to forget how consistent the mans 2 albums have been. Halfway through the set he instructed the crowd to part in the middle before going into ‘Uzi Gang’. Predictably a mosh pit erupted, bodies were flying around everywhere including the ground. Before his performance of ‘Tatted Angel’, things took a sentimental turn; Ferg led the crowd in a chant of “pray for Yams”. Yams being A$AP Yams, the deceased driving force, creative director, and “spirit guide” of the A$AP Mob and the subject of whom the song is on. Ferg closed the night out with ‘Hood Pope’ and showed his prowess on the mic by spitting parts of the song acapella as he had done throughout his set.
3 Days in Miami continues at The Hangar on Friday and Saturday night with performances by Cashmere Cat and AlunaGeorge respectively. As for A$AP Ferg, he will be embarking on an extensive U.S. fall tour from October 30 to December 2.