Why Hip-Hop Needs Festivals Like @NNMFestival

Festivals

If there was one thing I wish more people talked about more when rendering their favorite festival experiences – is how peaceful the Hip-Hop environment was.

I realize a small (or perhaps, non-existent) number of people actually go to Electronic-based festivals to hear Hip-Hop so let’s take a moment to acknowledge Northern Nights Music Festival for always including some degree of Hip-Hop. This year: Sage The Gemini. In previous years: Living Legends, Adam Vida, Black Star, GoldLink, Amp Live, Zion I, and many others.

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It’s hard to explain the scenery of a strictly Hip-Hop show or festival but imagine this – last year at Rolling Loud Bay Area, I saw a girl actively participate in a mosh pit and then immediately get upset when she got knocked down multiple times – while getting pushed around (as expected in a mosh pit) she threatened to pepper-spray everyone within reach. Wild right? At the same festival – Lil B got jumped backstage – of all people – Lil B?The Based God – who literally loves every single soul on this Earth including insects and trees.

Also, consider – numerous SOBxRBE shows in the Bay where chains get snatched and in turn, fights break out. At their most recent back-to-back, sold-out show in Santa Cruz, the second show didn’t even happen because someone brought their gun out. I’ve seen fights turn into brawls, rude girls throw drinks on one another, and aggressive attitudes from virtually everybody.

Not to mention – extensive searches, metal detectors, and pat downs upon entry. And don’t you dare try smoking a joint while you’re in there. Some will say it’s ego, others say pride, but what it really is – is the very content of the genre itself. Which is something that’s probably not going to change much in time. When you rap about drugs, violence, and bad bitches, that’s what you can expect when the energy is reciprocated in a live setting. But switch environments for just a second and watch how the scene changes.

HIP-HOP NEEDS FESTIVALS LIKE NORTHERN NIGHTS because the atmosphere is so welcoming and abundant in vibes. If you’ve ever tried, you know you can’t talk a Hip-Hop head out of Hip-Hop, so don’t try. It’s not about the music – but try enticing real Hip-Hop fans with friendly people, pretty girls, not-so-douchey men, caring neighbors, activities like cannabis and yoga – c’mon, have you ever seen anyone smoke weed or leave yoga mad or wanting to fight? No, you have not. This year, Northern Nights has also incorporated an Experimental Cannabis Activation where organizers simply wish to implement a re-imagination of how festivals incorporate cannabis. Plus, of course, yoga, live art, a silent disco, a river, workshops, and plenty more.

So much of Hip-Hop is resistance. Especially resistance to change. But a festival like Northern Nights will change your life, and maybe even your perspective on music in general. Genuinely coming from someone who sgoes hyphy to Mac Dre in between EDM songs at the most unexpected DJ sets at any given festival, I highly recommend this one over your typical festival.

Tickets are selling fast, and the set times have been released. Visit https://www.northernnights.org/ now for everything you need to know.  #MakeTheJourney and see you all there!

Photos courtesy of Northern Nights Music Festival

05/02/2018 10:00PM to 02:00AM – #SerenityGathering Recap & Zumbi Interview

Playlists

10:00PM ALLBLACK “Road Run (ft. Shoreline Mafia)” from “Road Run (ft. Shoreline Mafia)” Local
10:03PM Pac Div “Stoked” from “Stoked”
10:07PM Audio Push “pump fake (Prod by Price & VNSN)” from “Pump Fake (Prod by Price & VNSN)”
10:14PM AD “Darth Vader (prod. Lettuce By The Pound)” from “Darth Vader (prod. Lettuce By The Pound)”

Serenity Gathering Recap & Interview w/Zumbi of Zion I

10:18PM Pure Powers “Love Somebody” from “Love Somebody – Single” on Pure Entertainment
10:23PM Zion I “The Bay” from “The Bay” Local
10:28PM Zumbi “Serenity Gathering Interview” from “Serenity Gathering Interview” Local
10:30PM Zion I & DJ.Fresh “Cbda” from “The Tonite Show with Zion I” on Fresh in the Flesh / Mind Over Matter Local
10:35PM Zion I “What We Gone Do (feat. Jane Hancock)” from “The Labyrinth” on Mind Over Matter Local

Full audio available here
10:38PM Kool John “Drippin’ (ft. Iamsu!, HBK Skipper & Hefna Gwap)” from “Drippin’ (ft. Iamsu!, HBK Skipper & Hefna Gwap)” Local
10:44PM ZIGGY “DFW (prod. Cisco)” from “DFW (prod. Cisco)” Local
10:47PM Drakeo The Ruler “Flu Flamming” from “Cold Devil” on Stinc Team
10:50PM SOBxRBE “Anit Social” from “Anit Social” Local
10:53PM Larry June “Too Live Crew (feat. Chuck Inglish)” from “You’re Doing Good” on Warner Bros. Local
10:56PM RonnyJ “Snakes ft. Wifisfuneral” from “Snakes ft. Wifisfuneral”
12:04AM Cal-A “We Straight (feat ALLBLACK)” from “We Straight (feat ALLBLACK)”
12:06AM Odie “Night Terrific! (ft. Yaqob)” from “Night Terrific! (ft. Yaqob)” Local
12:10AM Nu (Basi x Mvck) “If Mama Knew Love” from “If Mama Knew Love”
12:15AM Zion I & DJ.Fresh “Kale” from “The Tonite Show with Zion I” on Fresh in the Flesh / Mind Over Matter Local
12:17AM Big Krit “Subenstein (My Sub IV)” from “4eva Is a Mighty Long Time – EP”
12:24AM The Cool Kids “Symptoms of a Down (feat. Helios Hussain)” from “Special Edition Grandmaster Deluxe” on Propelr Music / Cake
12:28AM Vince Staples “Big Fish (ft. Juicy J)” from “Big Fish Theory”
12:33AM ZIGGY “Emotional (prod. Krikit Boi)” from “Kakis” Local
12:35AM Burnin Giraph “4 Free (ft. Waju & Richard Wright)” from “4 Free”
12:40AM Sahtyre “Afterhourz” from “The Gorgeous Darkness” on Below System Records
12:42AM GrandBankss “Ownership (ft. Elujay)” from “Ownership (ft. Elujay)” Local
12:45AM Sango “Khlorine (feat. Smino)” from “In the Comfort Of” on Last Gang
12:50AM Prince Sole “Change Up (feat. Young Gully)” from “Hope All Is Well” on DreemTeemMusic Local
12:54AM Flatbush Zombies “Headstones” from “Vacation In Hell” on Glorious Dead Recordings
12:57AM Blimes “Hot Damn (feat. Method Man)” from “Hot Damn (feat. Method Man) – Single” (2013) on Peach House
01:01AM Yates “Right Away (ft. Ziggy & Mac)” from “Right Away (ft. Ziggy & Mac)” Local
01:06AM Sa-Roc “Forever” from “Forever – Single” on Rhymesayers
01:10AM Lou Phelps “Come Inside (Ft. Jazz Cartier) (Prod. Kaytranada)” from “Come Inside (Ft. Jazz Cartier) (Prod. Kaytranada)”
01:14AM Buddy “Black ft. A$AP Ferg” from “Black ft. A$AP Ferg”
01:19AM Tobi Lou “Troop (feat. Smino)” from “Troop (feat. Smino) – Single” on Artclub / EMPIRE
01:23AM Smoke DZA “The Mood ft. Joey Bada$$” from “The Mood ft. Joey Bada$$”
01:26AM Phonte “Change Of Mind (ft. Freddie Gibbs)” from “No News Is Good News” on The Foreign Exchange Music
01:28AM Nipsey Hussle “Dedication (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” from “Victory Lap” on Atlantic Records
01:33AM EARTHGANG “Meditate (feat. J.I.D.)” from “Rags – EP” on Spillage Village
01:37AM Tyler the Creator “Who Dat Boy (ft. A$AP Rocky)” from “Flower Boy” (2017) on Columbia
01:40AM Denzel Curry “Zeltron 6 Billion (feat. Lil Ugly Mane)” from “13 – Ep” on Concord Loma Vista
01:44AM Chuuwee “Grand Master (ft. Casual D)” from “Sabbath” on Below System Records
01:47AM Elzhi & Khrysis “Cuffin’ Season” from “Khrysis & Elzhi Are Jericho Jackson”
01:49AM BROCKHAMPTON “Swamp” from “Saturation II” on Brockhampton / EMPIRE
01:54AM City Shawn “My Way (feat. Rexx Life Raj)” from “Still Goin – EP” on Family Money Records Local
01:58AM 6LACK “Ex Calling” from “Free 6LACK” on LVRN Records